On this testimonials page, we invite you to explore the heartfelt and authentic responses to galleries shared with our clients. Their words serve as a testament to the profound impact that a Muse boudoir shoot can have – both for a client and their partners.
MOST COMMON RESPONSE…
Each testimonial shares a glimpse into the personal journey of individuals who have entrusted us to capture their beauty. From boosting self-esteem to embracing vulnerability, these stories beautifully encapsulate the empowering nature of boudoir photography.
Their words embody the heart and soul of our boudoir photography offering, and we hope their stories inspire you to embark on your own unforgettable experience with us.
I had been wanting to book in for a boudoir photoshoot for a while, and with my husbands 30th Birthday approaching I decided that now would be the time, what a perfect gift for the man that has everything! I had researched boudoir photographers and came across this website, and I am so glad that I did. I embraced the nervousness and emailed them immediately!
The day of the photoshoot had arrived, I got ready, left instructions with my mum for my two boys and set off for the day. It was the first day that I had left my second baby boy since he was born. Whilst I had initially thought that I was doing this for my husbands 30th birthday gift, this was as much a gift to me as well as him. After having two children in 2 years and suffering from severe post-natal depression after the birth of my second son, this boudoir photoshoot was about me reclaiming my body back for myself, this was a celebration of what my body and my mind had accomplished in that time.
I arrived at Kate’s beautiful home and told her that I was so nervous, she made me a cup of tea and we went up and had a chat about what I wanted to get out of the shoot, she made me feel completely at ease and as I started to tell her my story we started to break down a lot of the barriers that I had put up, the result was (If I can say so myself) beautiful. I felt like the old me again (She was in there after all!) I felt empowered and proud, I am absolutely over the moon with my pictures, they serve as a reminder that I am a strong, beautiful woman even when I am covered in baby vomit half the time! And when I have my down days, which I inevitably do, I get to look at my pictures and remember that I’m strong and I’ve got this.
If you’re thinking about doing a boudoir shoot, do it, absolutely do it. This is so much more than just a photoshoot, this was an enlightening experience for me, one that I will never forget. Thank you Kate, for helping me get back to me again! And of course, hubby will be pleased too!
I wanted to write to thank you for a truly fabulous day yesterday. I had an absolute blast and a very very large part of that was be sure you two were just so utterly wonderful. I felt instantly at home and genuinely enjoyed every moment, which I completely didn’t expect. At all.
As someone who spends a great deal of time looking after other people, to feel so wonderfully looked after by you two amazing women was utterly blissful, and I would pay to do it all again tomorrow, picture or no pictures!!
It also always amazes me, watching people who are very very skilled at something, doing what they do, and I did that yesterday, you are both so talented, it was a joy to watch and be part of.
The way you make people feel is very very special and I am delighted to have had the chance to experience it, and I still get the fun of the pics to anticipate.
Keep doing this, you have created something very wonderful.
The day she received her boudoir gallery:
Wow!!!! Never in my life have I seen pics of myself I have loved!! I love love love some of these. Even my bum!! He will love the ones I give him, but more importantly, I see myself and like myself. I am somewhat overwhelmed. Thank you xxx
Almost a year ago, I experienced something that was altogether mind-altering and life-changing. I got in contact with Kate after searching for female boudoir photographers near me (although Steeple Claydon is very much NOT near me!). I had wanted to do a pre-wedding shoot but my wedding dress had not been ready in time and I thought, why not still look into wedding boudoiras an anniversary present? The more I read through the website the more I felt this ‘pull’, so I emailed to set up a call. We ended up chatting on the phone and she described, as best as is possible to put into words, how a boudoir shoot is so much more than just posing in lingerie for a loved one. You might ask, how could a photo shoot change your life? But honestly, I had no idea of the emotion and mental realisation that would evolve through this process.
Well – one week on since clicking ’My Boudoir Session Link’ & I am still looking at my photo gallery at the girl in the pictures & still not quite believing they are all of me!
From the initial Gift Voucher given to me as a Christmas present from my husband through to the actual day of my shoot – I had worked myself up, lost a bit of weight, gained a bit of weight, lost it again. I was re-assured from day dot that everything would be fine & that it was natural to be anxious. I think the fear of not knowing what to expect was more worrying than the actual experience itself! And boy was that right!!
On my photoshoot day – I woke up feeling once again anxious & excited about the day ahead. I drove through the beautiful countryside to Kate’s home & the sun was shining – it was perfect!
Kate greeted me on the doorstep along with Caroline the make-up artist. I felt as if I knew them both already & they both put me at ease after my journey. We chatted casually & Kate asked me what I wanted from the shoot. The whole experience was booked by my husband in order to try to make me feel more comfortable in my own skin as I have for many years fallen out of love with myself & although I come across as a happy-go-lucky kind of girl – deep down I struggle with my demons & have various hang-ups over various parts of my body.
Kate & Caroline both assured me that the day would be wonderful & a chance for me to be pampered & dress up & be the start of a process that will prove to myself that I am as beautiful as my husband constantly keeps telling me.
The day went so quickly & both Kate & Caroline were fantastic throughout – guiding me & re-assuring me the whole time. It was fun & I enjoyed the day – going home on a high. I kept my outfit choices & type of poses a secret from my husband as I didn’t want to give anything away – wanting him to wait to see the photos for himself.
Leading up to ‘Photo Day’ I worrying that I wasn’t going to like what I saw. However – after plucking up the courage to click the link – I sat in shock. I actually sobbed my way through the gallery of pictures because I couldn’t believe (& still can’t!) that these were all of me!!! They are amazing!! I look at them & smile as they take me back to that day – a day of nerves, excitement, tears & laughter. What an amazing experience!
How I didn’t send the link to my husband all day – i’ll never know – but on the evening when he returned from work – we sat together & to watch his face light up was a memory I will treasure forever. Safe to say – he loved my pictures & he even shed a tear or two as he is so proud of me for going through with it. He is hoping that now I see what he sees & that I really don’t have anything to worry about.
I will get there – I’m sure – I just need to keep looking at these beautiful photos as a reminder that ’This Is Me!!!!’ I actually didn’t think I’d want to show anyone – but I feel so proud of them – I almost want to show the world!!! But I won’t – they are very special to both me & my husband. I’ve shown close family members & a few friends – who are all impressed and say why did I ever worry & that I look beautiful & have an amazing figure. Compliments I often find hard to take on board.
I cannot thank both Kate, Caroline & of course my husband enough for this whole experience – it was just amazing.
I just wanted to email to say a huge thank you for how amazing you made the shoot feel this week. You were both so warm and welcoming and I have honestly never felt so at ease going into a nerve wracking experience!
Caroline the make up is beautiful in the photos and I really feel like you’ve captured me as my usual self so thank you so much! You are so talented and such a lovely person who really made me feel so special for the shoot so thank you again!
Been lost for words, half way through I just started crying I was so happy with them. David is going to love them Kate.
At first it started off as something for David’s birthday, but I feel like I have gained more from it on a personal level and the whole experience has given me something I will always cherish. I have never liked a picture of myself looking at a camera and my goodness feels like you captured my soul looking right at the lenses I look beautiful so thank you.
(Following David receiving his gift)
I think you just earnt me about ten years of brownie points!
What can I say David was absolutely blown away by the photos he can’t stop looking at them. He said it was a birthday to remember and commented that “I know how amazing you look but Kate just showed you what I see”. He would show me bits on the photos I had no idea he liked about my body.
Honestly can’t thank you enough. x
I went with MUSE because the work looked sexy and classy and Kate had a perfectly styled home studio so I didn’t have to organise a shooting location.
I am so glad I chose Kate and her recommended makeup artist, Caroline. They put me at ease and made me feel suitably glamorous for the occasion. When the end product arrived, it took some time to get used to seeing myself that way, but the more I look at them now the more I want to look at them! Watching my partner’s reaction was gold. He was gazing like a child in a candy store for the first time. He says some pictures capture the way he sees me, while others catch me in a different mood or expression, and he loves all of them.
This was as much a present to my partner as it was to myself. I agree with Kate that women don’t need any more of a reason to shoot boudoir than “for myself”, or “just because!
I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for the incredible images and the unforgettable boudoir photoshoot you arranged for E. It was an amazing experience that not only kicked the celebrations for our wedding week off correctly, but the hair, makeup, and confidence on that Monday evening – wow!
I know E had a wonderful time during the photoshoot but could tell she was a bit nervous about how the photos would turn out. When we sat down together to view the gallery, I loved every single image, as I knew I would. However, seeing E’s reaction was truly priceless. She was speechless! She has since shared the photos with some of her closest friends – which took me by surprise. It has been incredible to witness her growing confidence and happiness.
Your talent in capturing these intimate and seductive moments is phenomenal. The photographs have not only provided us with stunning artwork but have also helped E embrace her beauty and strength. We are immensely grateful for the transformative experience.
Thank you once again, the impact of your work will stay with us forever.
“My wife has always been beautiful to me but I have learned over the years that how women see their bodies and how men view them are two very different things. The revelation through the boudoir experience, is that for the first time in 14 years, my wife now understands exactly how I see her body. The impact this realisation has had on her has been very liberating and the photos which are tasteful, natural and in my view stunning, are an added bonus”
I chose to do a boudoir shoot with Kate not only because I wanted some beautiful photographs of myself, but also because so many women who had done one talked about how self-empowering and confidence-boosting it was. In fact it’s probably the best therapy you never even knew you needed.
I wasn’t celebrating a milestone birthday or wedding or divorce even – a boudoir shoot was just something I really wanted to do. It was choosing to do something for me that made me feel happy, beautiful and – trust the French to have the best expression for it – “bien dans sa peau”.
What else would I like to have known before the shoot? A couple of practical things. Firstly hair and makeup: I would 100% invest in having someone do this for you. You’ll probably be feeling a bit jittery on the day so let someone else look after you and work their magic. Lovely Caroline from Powder & Glow did mine and she was wonderful. Boudoir makeup is different to the makeup most of us might wear every day: Caroline is an expert and will get it spot on – trust her, false eyelashes and all. Secondly, location. When I was first thinking about the session, I was planning to book a fancy hotel suite but I am so glad I didn’t! Kate’s house – and the rooms she has set up – are the perfect backdrop. It’s honestly not worth the hassle of going somewhere else.
For me, boudoir photography has meant that I can summon up a mental image of myself looking and feeling my absolute best and channel it to situations where I need that energy. You don’t need a “reason” to do it. Go with an open mind, have fun and enjoy it!
I’ve been through a lot in the last few years – divorce and then further knocked by men. My self esteem was on the floor and I’m still not sure what drew me to doing a shoot. Maybe an attempt to get myself back? I’m just SO glad that I did. It was rather wonderful to have something to focus on in terms of my health and exercise and I absolutely loved the pre-shopping excuse. The shoot was unbelievably empowering and liberating. And then the photos? Just, WOW. Still adjusting to the fact that I can/do look like that. It has stopped me hyper focussing on the small flaws and taught me to look at the bigger and actually beautiful picture. Can’t really express my gratitude. I hope you know the power of what you do. So very, eternally, grateful. x