outdoor boudoir

Love is Love

Valentina + Astrid in Love is Love

I wanted to do a “Love is Love” shoot for a while, so when I brought up the idea and Julie said she was interested, that was all I needed to hear. Seeing Julie’s style was exactly what I had envisioned. I was able to work alongside with fellow model Astrid to show the beauty of love and that our love (the love between two women) looks the no different from any other couple. Love looks the same no matter the gender. Julie managed to perfectly capture the beauty, elegance and sensuality. Doing this shoot was everything I didn’t know I needed, it was fun, comforting and so so worth it. She has a way of truly helping you see a whole new side of yourself.
- Candida Valentina
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(The other model featured is Astrid Kallsen. You can find more of her here.) 

WARNING: There are a ton of amazing photos in this gallery. I couldn't pick just a few. 

You don't have to take your clothes off.

Our society tells us that we’re sexier the more clothes we take off, but we can be sexy without baring all. Sexy is a way we feel about ourselves. Julie Hunter understands that people cherish the photographs of themselves reflecting who they are. The best photographs will capture ourselves in our proudest moments, and that we can look back on to remember we’re beautiful the way we are. Sometimes clothes are a prop for tantalizing the eye to our favorite features. Sometimes clothes highlight a facet of our personality that’s otherwise mysterious. Style gives a little extra context to our body language. Maybe it’s the way the fabric and construction touch us or the feelings we attach to dressing up that brings out the lover, passion, and confidence in us. Our bodies are gorgeous just the way they are. They don’t need to be clothed to look better. Style is another way of expressing selflove and demonstrating what makes us feel sexy. Shooting with Julie will put your mind at ease. You only need to be yourself, and Julie will take a good photograph. No need to worry about your best side because Julie’s going to take amazing photos of you no matter the side. Dress up or down the way you’ve always wanted, and see how sexy you look when you’re happy with yourself. 

Written by Astrid Kallsen
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I have worked with Astrid only a handful of times but every conversation with her is a refreshing look at the photography industry and empowerment. I spoke to her about this particular project with my boudoir that I wanted to flesh out that included NOT wearing lingerie or bearing it all. She gladly participated and got the styling help of Brittani Bumb of Untitled Thoughts as well as hair & makeup by Jashley Paulina of Atlanta (Follow her on IG). Not to mention, the session is set inside the greenhouse that is beside the Candler Mansion in Decatur. Rumor has it that the structure will be torn down soon. 

What is the point of my post? I have clients who love to wear nothing at all to those who are too modest for even some lingerie. I wanted to encourage anyone interested in a boudoir but thought they might be too shy to consider doing a session like the one I have featured here with Astrid. Boudoir isn't just about taking your clothes off, though it is encouraged. It is about taking away your self doubt, your inhibitions, your low self esteem. Its about trusting your photography to show you exactly who you are already are, inside. Also, Astrid has given about 2 dozen ways to pose in this one session! She is an amazing mentor to models in the industry. I really appreciate her professionalism and her heart. 

I've posted these images a few times when I first had this session in May of 2017 but I wanted to finally put them all together in one blog post as well as include a behind the scenes video that we made while there. My daughter, Gabriella assisted in most of the footage. 

Thank you to the entire team that put this together. I could NOT be happier with the outcome. 


NaturallyBoudoir.com presents "Greenhouse Boudoir" with Astrid Kallsen.
Location: Candler Mansion in the city of Decatur, GA
Costume Designer: Brittani Bumb of Untitled Thoughts
Hair & Makeup: Jashley Paulina
Music by: entheos (via jamendo.com)
Camera: Gabriella Harnage
Photographer & Video Editing: Julie Hunter