Kelsey Kimberlin Photography » A Lawrence, Kansas photographer with a passion for weddings, dogs and chocolate.

Category Archives: Boudoir

Oh, where do I even start with this girl?

Her name is Alijah and she’s become the littler sister I never had, my second shooter, my friend, my family. I’ve photographed her for years and while I know this is only the beginning of the so many incredible things yet to come I can help but get emotional about the 12 year old little girl I first met.

Looking at the stunning woman in these photographs seems almost surreal to me. I mean, she’s always been my favorite model but now she’s doing it as a bride. I could not be happier or prouder of the woman she’s become. She has a grace that comes across as soon as you meet her. But she’s a firecracker. She’s fierce, tough and confident in all the right ways. She’s loyal, kind, smart and funny. She’s everything. I am beyond grateful to know this woman, to celebrate her, and to photograph her.

Alijah, thank you for being my people. I love you with all my heart (and now I’m crying). Heart_NamePINIMAGE

alijah_002PINIMAGEalijah_009PINIMAGEalijah_018PINIMAGEalijah_025PINIMAGEalijah_032PINIMAGEalijah_038PINIMAGEalijah_041PINIMAGEalijah_053PINIMAGEalijah_068PINIMAGEalijah_082PINIMAGEalijah_086PINIMAGE

alijah_126PINIMAGEalijah_129PINIMAGE
alijah_139PINIMAGEalijah_151PINIMAGEalijah_159PINIMAGE

Back to TopEMAILPOSTFacebookPOSTTweetPOSTSubscribe

 

Mackinzie is obviously stunning but she’s also one of the coolest women I know. She’s got a ease about her and nothing ever feels forced with her. She will give you a big “throw her head back” kinda laugh and the next second give you a fierce serious look, neither of which she ever really cares what other people think about. To me, that’s what’s hot.

Physically, Mackinzie is absolutely gorgeous. But there’s something even more beautiful, almost intriguing, about a woman with that kind of confidence. It’s a powerful thing to see a woman really embrace herself that way and it’s absolutely contagious.

Every time I do a boudoir shoot I take a little bit of each woman with me. I’m inspired by the little characteristics and individual traits. I love getting to learn from other women in this way and I feel truly blessed that I get to capture this for other women.

The sisterhood that we share as women is a powerful thing. I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it and I’m proud as hell that each of us is in each other’s corners.

I hope Mackinzie inspires you all. Keep kicking ass ladies.

Heart_NamePINIMAGE

Boudoir_009PINIMAGEBoudoir_015PINIMAGEBoudoir_020PINIMAGEBoudoir_023PINIMAGEBoudoir_030PINIMAGEBoudoir_033PINIMAGE
Boudoir_043PINIMAGEBoudoir_054PINIMAGEBoudoir_057PINIMAGEBoudoir_062PINIMAGEBoudoir_065PINIMAGEBoudoir_068PINIMAGEBoudoir_072PINIMAGEBoudoir_080PINIMAGEBoudoir_090PINIMAGEBoudoir_092PINIMAGEBoudoir_102PINIMAGEBoudoir_124PINIMAGEBoudoir_128PINIMAGEBoudoir_131PINIMAGEBoudoir_138PINIMAGEBoudoir_151PINIMAGEBoudoir_156PINIMAGEBoudoir_158PINIMAGEBoudoir_164PINIMAGEBoudoir_166PINIMAGEBoudoir_175PINIMAGE

Back to TopEMAILPOSTFacebookPOSTTweetPOSTSubscribe

If I could write my 21-year-old self a letter, it would sound like this:

“You are going to meet people in your life that want to take you down. They’re going to be men, women, co-workers, bosses, friends, and strangers. They will hurt you in ways you didn’t even know you could be hurt. And you will go to some of the lowest depths you can go. But what you don’t know about yourself yet is how strong you are. Be proud of the woman you are, accept the mistakes you’ve made, forgive yourself when you need to, be your own best friend and your fiercest advocate. This is all going to make sense later, just trust me. You’re going to find your way, and it’s going to be amazing. Hold tight.”

Suni and I had this amazing conversation while doing her boudoir session and it’s like she got to read her 30-year-old self’s letter. She gets it in ways I only wish I did when I was 21. She’s gone through some of her lows and instead of tucking herself away from the world like so many of us do, she decided to go a different route. She chose to do this shoot to celebrate herself. She took charge of this thing, this growth as a woman, and document it in an incredibly vulnerable way. And for that I am truly in awe of her.

I hope she looks at the images and see the strength and beauty that she radiates. I’d like to thank her for reminding this 30-something-year-old woman to take the things thrown at me head on, to never second guess my own strength and to celebrate the amazing woman and I still becoming. I hope I make my 40-year-old self proud.

Heart_NamePINIMAGE

Suni_007PINIMAGESuni_018PINIMAGESuni_036PINIMAGESuni_041PINIMAGESuni_056PINIMAGESuni_064PINIMAGESuni_069PINIMAGESuni_072PINIMAGESuni_077PINIMAGESuni_086PINIMAGESuni_109PINIMAGESuni_117PINIMAGESuni_120PINIMAGESuni_125PINIMAGESuni_128PINIMAGESuni_130PINIMAGESuni_156PINIMAGESuni_160PINIMAGESuni_173PINIMAGESuni_176PINIMAGESuni_186PINIMAGESuni_200PINIMAGESuni_201PINIMAGE

Back to TopEMAILPOSTFacebookPOSTTweetPOSTSubscribe

Meet Aly. She and I actually grew up together playing softball in Wichita, Kansas and reconnect through our mutual friend Corissa. Corissa is the fab body-positive blogger from Fat Girl Flow, you might remember her from my last boudoir post.

So Aly is this sassy, doesn’t take any bullshit, kind of woman. She’s the kind of woman who changes diapers, adores her husband, goes to work, supports her friends and get’s home to put the kids in bed, all while rocking a fierce red-lip. She’s the kind of woman who I aspire to be most days.

The kind of woman you’d expect to have this outrageous confidence, right? But then she didn’t.

She didn’t because behind all of this keeping-it-together attitude was a woman who doesn’t see what everyone else is seeing. She doesn’t see the arms that hold two kids, the eyes a man finds his soul in or the shoulders of someone carrying the weight of the world. She simply doesn’t see herself like this.

And that’s ok, because she’s a human, and she’s a human woman. But then she went out and did something for herself and she changed. And I got to capture it all with my camera.

After photographing our friend Corissa, who is constantly in front of a camera and knows exactly how phenomenally sexy she is (seriously, go check out her session and her blog Fat Girl Flow), it actually brought me back to reality. Most women have NO idea how stunning they are. And to watch Aly’s evolution from unsure to show-stopper was a pretty powerful thing. It’s reaffirmed everything I know about how boudoir photography can make a woman feel. We are so used to falling short of whatever kind of woman our culture expects us to be that we can easily convince ourselves that whatever physically is happening here is something to be shameful about.

I don’t consider myself an advocate of any kind but I’ve seen the power of photography. I’ve seen woman start a session embarrassed and self-conscience and leave glowing and feeling alive. I hope now Aly can see how everyone else sees her.

I imagine someday, 30 or 50 years from now, Aly’s daughter looking through old photo albums and seeing these images. I imagine her thinking how amazing her mother is, and how she’s the strongest woman she’s ever known. I image her holding these photos, evidence of the beauty and strength of her mother.

Thanks, Aly, for being vulnerable and for trusting me. I’m inspired by you. You’ve reminded me of how much I love being a photographer and a how much I love being a woman.

Heart_NamePINIMAGE

Aly_003PINIMAGEAly_010PINIMAGEAly_015PINIMAGEAly_019PINIMAGEAly_030PINIMAGEAly_038PINIMAGEAly_039PINIMAGEAly_048PINIMAGEAly_051PINIMAGEAly_066PINIMAGEAly_071PINIMAGEAly_076PINIMAGEAly_079PINIMAGE

 

 

 

Back to TopEMAILPOSTFacebookPOSTTweetPOSTSubscribe
  • Stacee Stracner Severino - OH, THESE ARE AMAZING! HOW COULD ANYONE SO BEAUTIFUL THINK NEGATIVLY ABOUT THEMSELVES? MY HUSBAND SAYS THE SAME TYPE OF THING TO ME, HE WISHES I COULD SEE MYSELF THROUGH HIS EYES 😉 I DO TOO. I JUST DON’T LIKE WHAT I SEE WHEN I LOOK IN A MIRROR. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY IS BEAUTIFUL, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW IT MUST MAKE THESE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN FEEL.ReplyCancel

    • Kelsey - Thank you so much, Stacee! I totally agree, and sometimes it’s really hard for me to be positive about my body too, especially being plus size. As woman we’ve been taught since we were children that our bodies are never good enough, and that aside from physical beauty we have little value. I hope at the least my work can help undo just a little bit of that! I kind of feel like the lucky one because I get to meet all these amazing woman and it’s so empowering!ReplyCancel