“I had the privilege to work with one of my favorite photographers who has inspired so much of my own photography; Ezlan Powers. We took so many amazing photos together. They way they captured me is so stunning and empowering. I feel seen in a very authentic way. I love dressing up in costumes and […]

Library Themed Empowerment Session with Chicago Boudoir Photographer Ezlan Powers

April 16, 2023

This is the new studio home ya’ll! I am so excited to finally have a space somewhere with a private outdoor space. We’re now located in Union, Illinois. It’s an A-Frame midcentury home with tons of windows, charm, and room for us to shoot. The owner is another talented boudoir photographer and friend of mine, […]

Kathy Shines in the New Union, Illinois Boudoir Studio

March 22, 2021

Ashabi is a unique person. Not just because of their sexual identity or her appearance, but because of her insight and ability to bring people together for greater causes. They’re a leader. She is an organizer in Chicago, whose marches I’ve attended even just briefly to show support. We met through our local queer exchange, […]

Boudoir University Spotlight Interview: Ashabi Owagboriaye

December 23, 2020

Lyi is a newer member of my I Woke Up Like This self love group on FB. I invited her because she had these super friendly inviting vibes. Which is hard to find in a person these days. It was really nice working with her and capturing her natural beauty. She did not do her […]

McHenry Outdoor Sunset Boudoir

November 29, 2020

It was a bright, sunny day when Kenni arrived at my home. They walked in mask on and bags in tow. Good, I sigh with relief, they brought tons of options for today! This was a day I organized with creativity and fun in mind. I really let the light dictate the feeling of these […]

McHenry Sunset Boudoir Photographer

November 8, 2020

Tell me about your disabilities.My primary disability can either be classified as physical or neurological. It is called Cerebral Palsy or CP for short. Which is caused by brain injury due to a lack of oxygen that I was deprived at birth due to my Mothers drug use. Basically it affects all four of my […]

Boudoir University Spotlight Interview: Alexis LaShay Smith

October 20, 2020

Kevvie, Kathy, and I drove three hours north to visit this abandoned mansion and do a photoshoot—if we found it was still standing. We went on this massively long drive without really knowing what to expect. I’ve been doing urban exploration for a long time and knew there was a chance it was demolished. But […]

Abandoned Mansion Shoot with Cest Kevvie in Gresham, Wisconsin

June 26, 2020

Before each session I like to take a few moments to check in and see how someone is doing mentally. The answers have ranged from pumped to anxious to paranoid. Some people need these moments I give them to express themselves and we did just that with Hannah. We spent far more time than I […]

McHenry Boudoir Mini Marathon Session 1

December 17, 2019

Kevvie is a trans woman and drag performer who uses she/her pronouns. We met recently at the summer line release for Rebirth Garments. I had secretly been following her for a long time thanks to my other friend and drag king Luka Ghost but she still doesn’t know that. Her spunk and energy made this […]

Chicago Loft 505 Boudoir Session

November 13, 2019

How would you rate your self esteem prior to this session? 8 (very good) What goes into that number? I have a lot of confidence and think I’m pretty great, even though loving my body takes ongoing work. How do you identify in the fat liberation movement? I’m definitely into fat liberation and put effort […]

Pilsen Boudoir Photography

November 4, 2019