What started as a wedding gift turned into so much more.

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Hey there Beauties! I was first introduced to sheer photographies VIP page a year ago. At first, I was hesitant to be apart of the group, but after seeing all of these beautiful women share their #SheerExperience and post their stunning pics I couldn’t leave!

These beautiful women in the group would post their sneak peak photos and all I could think to myself was “this would be such a great gift for my fiancé, but there’s no way I could do it.” I kept wishing I could be like those women, the courage that they showed for sharing their photos was something I admired in itself! Let’s face it, we all have insecurities and that would be my biggest fear is showing those insecurities for everyone to see. I have struggled with my body my entire life. Growing up my weight was always a problem and I never liked a thing about the way I looked.

Getting ready for work one morning, I saw Jen and Brian posted something about an awesome deal that was coming up and when they finally announced it, something inside of me just said “do the damn thing!” And well... I pulled out my credit card and booked! I was nervous and excited all at once and their was no turning back now! Can I do this? I knew this would be a great gift for my now husband and I just had to go through with it.

The day of the shoot came around, I put on my makeup, struggled putting on my fake lashes and was on my way. I was a nervous wreck! I got to the studio so early that I decided to stop for ice cream as a stress eater to calm my nerves.. yeah, I know that wasn’t the best idea. I get there and Jen has me lay out my outfits and the nerves started to go away just from having a conversation with her. I felt like I was talking to a good friend.  I get into my first outfit, step into my first pose, Brian snaps the first picture and shows me... is that really me?! Okay, I got this now! The shoot was so fun and Jen literally does the poses with you which is a huge help! Because let’s be real, she is the pose queen!

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A week goes by and I get my reveal. Well, I’m blown away. It was so hard to pick!! And I couldn’t believe that was actually me! I honestly wanted to cry. I finally could see what my husband has been telling me all along. I left with so much confidence, it truly was the best feeling. Could I really wait to give this as a wedding present? Yeah, that answer was a no! I had to show him! And of course, he LOVED them!! So much so, my pictures are his background on his phone, which is another confidence booster let’s be real.

So for you ladies that are second guessing yourself for whatever that reason may be, my advice for you is to do it for yourself! What I thought was a gift for my husband turned out to be more of a gift for me. It made me love the body I am in. You will not be disappointed trust me! Jen and Brian are such great people and they go above and beyond for their sheer beauties! So stop waiting and book!!

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Miss L and her journey.

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I found a group whose mission is lift and empower other woman. To appreciate true beauty, the beauty of a person’s soul. Brian & Jen have found a way to artfully expose not only our bodies but the true beauty of our souls. Cheesy? Yes of course but all the best most joyful true moments, experiences in life are simply that. I’ll assume my story is like that of other women, and if you’re researching Sheer Photography yours too. I wanted to do a #SheerExoerience for a while, like a long time. I didn’t think I was “ready” to show off my body in that way. I compared the way I looked to others, always focusing on the flaws, not good enough. I went through a divorce and it wasn’t difficult, I was over the relationship at that time. It was the years it took me to feel okay with the decision to leave. I found strength in myself along that journey with the help of friends and family. I coped in ways I could including unhealthy and healthy. Luckily, the healthy coping lead me to Brian & Jen. I decided that after all my hard work both emotionally and physically I wanted to appreciate where I was. I looked on Instagram, used a hashtag search and found a few photography studios that did great quality. I was specifically looking for bodyscaping, use of light & shadow to showcase up-close detail & the curves of my body. I watched these studios for a few months, anyone can get lucky with 1 or 2 great exposures. Brian & Jen consistently produced great quality photos and I loved their style of inspirational sayings posted on their Instagram account. I contacted Brian & Jen, got the details and booked my session. The days leading up I was nervous, like oh shit how am I going to look, again focusing on my flaws.   I had to remind myself they were great at their work & they would make me look amazing- I put my faith in their abilities. I drove from Columbus to their studio for my #SheerExpereince.  It was completely worth the drive. I had only spoken on the phone but they were warm, welcoming & super fun to work with. I enjoyed every minute and knew before I left I’d book another session. Brain showed me an exposure on the camera during my session- the picture showed a gorgeous, sultry woman, not how I would’ve described myself but it was me! I am in lust with the exposures from my session. Ecstatic that I did this for myself and looking forward to my next session.

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Eat the damn cake!!!

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A frequently asked question we get is, “what do I need to do to get ready for my #SheerExperience?” So we put together a few of our favorite tips, and we hope this helps whether it’s a session with Sheer, or another boudoir photographer.

  1. Be Confident - Nerves are part of your experience, and are completely normal to have. But it’s time to love yourself more and finally be confident in who you are. We promise to work with you every step during your #SheerExperience. Our goal is for you to feel like a completely new woman after your session.

  2. Wear lose clothing to the studio - The last thing you want are any unwanted lines that your clothing may leave, or trying to take off a tight shirt after you’ve had hair and makeup done. We recommend you arrive in sweatpants, a loose shirt, and braless.

  3. Skip the tanning bed and spray tan - If you normally tan stick to your routine. If you don’t though, skip that temptation to start. Skin that’s not used to the tanning bed may appear blotchy after a visit or two due to uneven tanning. The last thing we want you to worry about is your skin.

  4. Bring lots of outfits choices - I mean, who doesn’t like to shop, I know I do. Bring at least one more outfit than your session allows. Bring at least that totally fits your style, and something outside of your comfort zone. After all, this is something that’s probably out of your comfort zone to begin with, so embrace it and have fun.

  5. Get your body ready - If you shave then shave, and f you wax then wax. The last thing you want to do is try something new and have it irritate your skin. Paint those finger and toenails, but avoid really bright colors. French tips and neutral solid color gel photographs best. Even clean nails are better than chippy nail polish

  6. Start stretching - A common theme I hear from clients the next day is “you were so right, I can’t believe my muscles are so sore”. As little as 5-10 minutes a day can make a huge difference, and your body will thank you for it.

  7. Eat smart and drink lots of water - Drinking lots of water and eating right will help give you a healthy glow and make you feel so much better. Be sure to eat breakfast the morning of your session. Eggs, toast, fruit, juices are all perfect choices. AVOID THOSE FASTFOOD DRIVE THROUGHS. With that being said, if you’re at a birthday party and there’s cake, EAT THE DAMN CAKE. It’s cake after all and who doesn’t love it.

Just Do It!

Have you ever wanted to book a boudoir session but thought “I don’t have a reason to do this, I need to lose 10lbs, I don’t have the confidence to do something like this, I don’t look like those women you share...etc”. Almost every woman we have done a session with has felt this way at one point or another before her #SheerExperience. These four brave ladies volunteered to jump back in front of our camera to let you know how they felt leading up to, during and after the boudoir session with Sheer. Please take a few minutes to watch this if you’ve ever wanted to book a shoot, but have any reservations about doing it. We all promise that you won’t regret it. Just do it!! 

Do the DAMN THING!!!

As women we often feel like we don't deserve to treat ourselves. We take care of everyone else before even thinking about doing something for us. So many women even come in for their boudoir session because they can use these images as a gift for their partner. While these photos will make the best gift you could ever give someone, they are also the BEST FUCKING GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF!!! Did I say that loud enough??? You deserve to let someone else pamper you. You deserve to feel beautiful. You deserve to see yourself the way everyone else sees you. You deserve to show your children that their momma is a strong, confident woman! So do it scared...Nerves are normal, but I promise to be there right next to you the whole time and guide you in every possible way!!!

Check out some of this gorgeous #SheerBeauties images and what she had to say about being a mom of 3 and dealing with her own doubts.

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When I first scheduled my session for my #SheerExperience I was nervous and wanted to just cancel it a bunch of times, but my husband kept telling me "No babe your doing it and your doing it for yourself. You deserve this!". I always feel so guilty doing stuff for myself especially with having 3 kids and being depressed and having poor self image of myself so I never spend the money on myself. I was so nervous before coming to do my session because of my body and not being able to find anything to fit it, but I had my consult with Jen and she made me try on one of the body suits she had there and said I had to wear it because I looked HOTT in it, I didn't want to believe it but I did and it made me feel good about myself. Fast forward a few weeks and my session was here...I was nervous as hell! Amanda did my makeup and she did a bomb ass job at it and she helped calm me and so did Jen while I was getting ready. Once the hair and makeup was done and all the compliments they were giving me I felt so good and beautiful. I changed into my first outfit and was thinking this is it and I walked out there and I was like I can do this. The whole time during the session Jen makes you laugh and makes you feel gorgeous and shows you all the right poses for your body, Brian is also amazing and a gentleman at that he will make you feel so comfortable that by the end your like who cares and everything is hanging out and it's fine. Lol But they are seriously amazing at what they do and made me feel comfortable and beautiful which I haven't felt for a long time. So if your on the fence or bought the package and keep saying your going to cancel or you don't deserve it, you do deserve it! You deserve to be pampered and deserve to be beautiful and told that. Me being a mom of 3 kids, unhappy with my body, depressed and also living with Multiple Sclerosis for 5 years has taken a toll on my mind, body and spirit but I am so glad I did this because it made me believe in myself and my beauty thanks to the help from the amazing Jen and Brian. So seriously just do the damn thing girl, you deserve it!!!!          ~XOXO, Miss A

Hair & Makeup by Amanda Kay Dimuzio

Turning 50 & Feeling Fabulous!!

I see all these women, beautiful women on Sheer's facebook page and decide to check our Sheer Photography's website.  I'm instantly blown away.  Women of all different shapes, sizes & ages.  But I'm going to be 50!!  50 years old, like half a century...  I'm too old, I thought and just kept watching the group.  I can't afford it, and just kept watching, until one day I felt horrible.  I felt like nothing in my life was going right at that moment and if I didn't just take the plunge, I probably never would, and so I did.  The week before my shoot, my hair appointment was messed up, I didn't have time to get everything done that I wanted & of course I had to break out in stress hives and be put on steroids. I was so excited for weeks until it came closer & the day arrived.  I honestly found myself trying to find more excuses not to go inside.  What was I thinking???  I'm not like these younger girls, I'm a grandmother, I'm too old & turning 50 this year.  Why on earth did I think this was a good idea???

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Answer:  Because it was!!  I went in a nervous wreck and even text Jennifer from the parking lot, stalling.  How did I want my hair?  You're the expert, you do what you do, I said.  Once Bianca did my make-up and hair, I felt better but I still had no idea what to wear & I had brought a ton of stuff.  Okay, Jen, you're the expert & I'm trusting you guys so you tell me what outfits to wear for which room & she picked everything out while I was in make-up & hair.  I just put all my trust in them, which was the smartest thing I had done that day.  As soon as we started, I could see how Brian held a very professional demeanor and Jennifer was more relaxed and outgoing which made me more relaxed.  

And the fun began!!  I was so busy trying to watch Jennifer as she demonstrated the poses, that I completely relaxed about the pictures.  Not saying that it easy or unimportant, but I laughed, I twisted, I popped hips, pointed toes & just had so much fun.  The time actually went by very fast because, it was so much fun.  Both Brian and Jen periodically showed me the screen on the camera so that I could feel more at ease and they looked really nice!! But in the back of my mind, I'm still thinking, I hope they look half that good once they are full size, it's not like I'm young anymore.  But I still felt pretty good about myself at this point.  I had a little more confidence when I walked out then when I walked in and I definitely had a good time!

Then it all changed!  I got an email with my sneak peaks!!!  OMG, that's me!!! I thought I was going to cry at first, but I was so happy & showed all my friends.  I can honestly say I have never felt that good about myself or at least since I can't remember!!!  I felt like a million dollars!!  A few more days past and I went for my reveal and I honestly can say I never dreamed that they would turn out so great!!   I messaged Jen and told her "I've got this new found confidence thanks to you and Brian.  I can never thank you enough!!"

From make-up to hair to poses, to lighting to helpful reminders to point your toes, and breath, lol, which they had to tell me many times, these guys are the most professional, caring, courteous photographers you will ever meet. Brian is so talented in his work that he knows just the perfect light and angles every time to make you look your best.  Jennifer puts you completely at ease once you start, that sometimes you forget Brian is photographing.  If you even have the slightest notion that you are too old, not pretty enough, to heavy, whatever it might be, then you NEED to do this for YOU!!  Thanks to Sheer Photography, Sheer Beauty VIP group, Brian & Jennifer, 2018 is my Turning 50 & Feeling Fabulous year!!        Love always - Miss C

Hair & Makeup by Bianca Heasley of Roots Salon and Wellness Spa

Turning 30...

The BIG 3-0!!! It is a scary number for us ladies. It's a turning point in our lives where we aren't as young (and fun) as we used to be, we feel like we need to be more responsible...it's almost as if the day we turn 30 is the day our inner child needs to be put to rest. I've heard from countless women (myself and my mom included) that turning 30 was the hardest birthday!! But now that I'm 3 years into my 30's, it has been the most invigorating and freeing time of my life. While we do have so many responsibilities to take care of, I also feel like it's an amazing age to find yourself. To learn who you are and be unapologetic about what life has in store for you! It's a time to step out of your comfort zone and be the badass you were meant to be.

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"As you can imagine, pulling up to the Sheer studio I had a certain level of hesitation about the thought of being so exposed in front of a camera. Turning 30  this year hit me like a bag of bricks. That meshed with being a mom of two kids under 5, had me feeling undesirable and past the point in my life where I'd be considered sexy, but Jen and Brian instantly put me at ease when I walked into the studio the day of my shoot. They carefully went over wardrobe options and what was ideal for the desired look (I brought things but they have an awesome closet of options). They helped me work through some of my insecurities and focus on the parts my body I was confident in, while still setting me up to feel good about the areas that I was hesitant to bare. 

Within 5 minutes of starting the shoot, Brian and Jen had created an environment where I felt completely comfortable and free to be myself, and relax. I mean "hot" (something Jen must have called me at least twenty times during my session) isn't exactly the go-to word I would use to describe myself, but by the end of the experience that's exactly what I felt like. 

Not only were they incredibly professional and warm, but they clearly knew exactly what angles, poses and lighting would capture the perfect shot. Jen's constant guidance throughout the process made me feel like a professional, from demonstrating every pose and reminding me to breath, to telling me how incredible I looked while I tried to keep my balance through some of the poses. By the time we were finished I was in love with my body.

And, WOW, did it pay off! Looking at the full gallery I was utterly stunned at how beautifully Brian captured every pose. I literally couldn't stop looking at it. I felt like a goddess. Seeing how phenomenal the finished photos were made me feel indescribably confident in myself. All of a sudden 30 doesn't feel like a such a bad thing! Thanks to my sheer experience, 30 actually feels pretty damn sexy." ~ Rachel