We absolutely adored working with Samantha! A gorgeous soul, mama to 3, strong as hell and sweet as ever.

Read below one of our favorite excerpts from her post-photo shoot interview and then enjoy the rest of her interview and gallery below:

Q: What would you say to women who struggle with their body image and self-acceptance?

A: DO THIS. Do it for yourself. Allow another beautiful woman celebrate who you are, and accept all of it. Lindsay didn’t shy away from my “trouble areas” (self imposed definition). While I tried to move myself and cover stuff I didn’t want… she helped me get comfortable, be proud, and made me look stunning. I cannot explain to you the connection I feel with Lindsay and what she did for me and my image of my own body, which I have always looked at with disdain. Now… now I love it. I’m proud. I’m thankful I had the chance to learn that tearing my own body down does nothing… but loving it produces something beautiful. My (and your) body is ART. It is gorgeous, strong, capable, and stunning. There is NOTHING to be ashamed of when it comes to our bodies… no matter how “perfect” or “imperfect” (because those things don’t really exist, if I’m being honest).

Women are powerful, mysterious, bad-ass, strong, and ridiculously beautiful. It’s about time we start acting like that, instead of believing any other lies that are put in front of us.

Q: What made you want to schedule a session with Lindsay Carlisle Boudoir?

A: I’ve been following Lindsay’s photography on social media for years. I never thought I’d do a boudoir shoot, but if I did, I knew I would use her. Her empowering photos, journeys, and presence made me gravitate towards her and what she does.

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Q: What were some of your biggest concerns about having your intimate photos taken?

A:  MY BODY. I’ve always hated my body. I’ve been anorexic, I’ve had three babies, I just turned 30… There was much about myself I didn’t like. I was so scared about exposing myself in a way that I usually don’t.

And my awkwardness. I’m terrible at letting people take photos of me… so doing it naked was SCARY.

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Q: How did you feel the days leading up to your session?

A: Nervous and EXCITED.

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san francisco boudoir photographer

Q: What was the actual photo shoot experience like for you?

A:  Truly beautiful. Unexpectedly easy and comfortable.

I cannot describe to you how awkward I am in photos, or having my photo taken. But between my decision to CELEBRATE my beautiful body instead of hating this beautiful one I have, and Lindsay’s easy going and encouraging way of taking photos… it was one of the best experiences of my life. No joke. The only other time I’ve ever been this proud of my body and myself, was when I gave birth to my three babies.

She made me feel not just beautiful, but complete…. and strong. That there was nothing lacking, NOTHING TO HIDE, and nothing to not be proud of. She celebrated everything about me that day… not just my body. Also, my personality, my outfits, my tattoos (one of my favorite things she did was to MAKE SURE she got my tattoos in her shots), my poses… everything. It was so comfortable, it was unbelievable. I cannot express in words how confident and gorgeous she made me feel. When I first came in, I changed in the bathroom and came out nervous. By the third outfit change I was rippin clothes off in front of her and getting ready for the next set of shots. COMPLETE confidence and joy. It was beautiful.

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san francisco boudoir photographer

Q: How did you feel after leaving your photo session and the days/weeks following?

A: I’m still on a high and it’s been months. I open my pictures REGULARLY and stare at them. I share them constantly with my friends. I feel like she captured me… in my essence as a woman and a person. I’m truly PROUD of what I did that day, and the end result. I can only compare it to some kind of drug high… with none of the bad side effects.. hehe.

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Q: What would you say to women who struggle with their body image and self-acceptance?

A: DO THIS. Do it for yourself. Allow another beautiful woman celebrate who you are, and accept all of it. Lindsay didn’t shy away from my “trouble areas” (self imposed definition). While I tried to move myself and cover stuff I didn’t want… she helped me get comfortable, be proud, and made me look stunning. I cannot explain to you the connection I feel with Lindsay and what she did for me and my image of my own body, which I have always looked at with disdain. Now… now I love it. I’m proud. I’m thankful I had the chance to learn that tearing my own body down does nothing… but loving it produces something beautiful. My (and your) body is ART. It is gorgeous, strong, capable, and stunning. There is NOTHING to be ashamed of when it comes to our bodies… no matter how “perfect” or “imperfect” (because those things don’t really exist, if I’m being honest).

Women are powerful, mysterious, bad-ass, strong, and ridiculously beautiful. It’s about time we start acting like that, instead of believing any other lies that are put in front of us.

Brilliant and beautiful Sam! You are a gem. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and helping inspire other women to have the same.

Wanting more info on the boudoir experience in our studio? Send us a note HERE to get started! We can’t wait to connect with you…XO

Much Love,

Lindsay

2 responses to “San Francisco Boudoir | Samantha

  1. What a beautiful experience…thank you so much for sharing. Your story, your gorgeous self and the gift you are giving others by sharing. You are a goddess!

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