Three years and one day ago I got my very first digital camera.
I didn't realize it at the time but this was a huge moment in my life. I didn't know it then but this day something inside me changed. From that moment forward every ounce of free time I had was spent reading, learning, and practicing. I asked anyone and everyone to let me take their photo and a few short months later Kimberly Ann Photography was officially born.
One day not long into my photography journey one of my best friends asked me to take some sexy photos of her for her husband who had just signed up with the Marines. She wanted to have something special to send to him. This wasn't a type of photography I had ever done before but I figured why not! So she came over, we set up some lights in my guest bedroom and hung a black sheet over the window and that was it. It was go time.
What follows are some images from that first session. I had owned my camera for all of about 3 months MAYBE and... well... You're welcome.
I am especially proud of this next one. Whooooa baby.
This was the day that really set my soul on fire. Are these images technically perfect? no. Far from it. But I had a TON of fun with my girlfriend. She LOVED the photos. Her Fiance LOVED the photos. And I realized very quickly that Boudoir was going to be my favorite.
Over the next few years I shot a handful more boudoir sessions for friends - all of which were outside because I didn't have a studio or the budget to rent out a nice room at a local inn. My love for boudoir continued to grow and I can vividly remember daydreaming about doing all boudoir all the time. It sounded like such a fantasy.
"I want to have THE boudoir studio in Humboldt. I want girls to think of me when they consider having boudoir photos done."
-me, a year and a half ago
One day I discovered a gorgeous new location for boudoir photos in Eureka - a beautiful 6,000 sq foot victorian with an amazing owner who would let me rent it out for $90 a day. The second time I had a session there it was a stormy day and really dark. I left the session borderline in tears because I was convinced that everything I shot was going to be trash. I thought for sure I was going to have to offer to reshoot her entire session because it was SO dark. When I uploaded my photos everything changed. THIS. THIS is what I am meant to do. From that day forward I shot every session like it was pouring rain.
What follows are some photos that I took that day. I am so glad I didn't throw them out.
This gorgeous girl was the first one to say I could post her pictures on social media. That was in December of 2015 - just 6 months ago... It's hard to believe that so much has changed since then. Once she allowed me to share some of her images women IMMEDIATELY became more comfortable with the idea of a session. It showed them that boudoir is BEAUTIFUL and TASTEFUL and INTIMATE. It is a vulnerable and empowering experience that really shows you how beautiful you are.
A HUGE thank you to the 38 girls I have worked with so far in 2016. You are making my dreams come true every day. You are feeding my passion and allowing me to live a life that was only a daydream a few months ago. I will forever be grateful that you trust me to capture these intimate moments. You make my life and I truly and deeply love each and every one of you.
Here is to the another year of learning, growing, improving, and meeting phenomenal women who inspire me to be better every single day. <3