Thank you for being interested in my work!  I know how daunting it can feel to choose the right Photographer, so before you book with me, I want to help you get to know a bit about who I am and what I believe.  And if you choose to book with me, I can't wait to get to know you.

Amanda & Libby

After spending 9 years in the military between ROTC & Active Duty service, I decided it was time for a change.  I had spent those military years of my life being told I was never fast enough, thin enough, strong enough.  I had fitness tests every 6 months, where they would measure my waist, and no matter how well I did on my run/sit-ups/pushups, subtract points because my body shape wasn't their ideal.  After a while, I began to internalize these messages to the point where I believed I was never good enough, not beautiful, and ultimately not worthy of love.  My military worth was based on my body and appearances, and I was constantly depressed and questioning whether I would ever be good enough for anything.  I had unhealthy exercise and eating habits, and was in a dark headspace about my own body for quite a long time. No matter how far I backpacked, how many mountains I climbed, I was never enough.

Boudoir became a way for me to heal from my past of body dysphoria brought on by my military experiences. I realized I couldn't let the constant degrading the military did be something that I continued to perpetuate onto myself.  I knew I needed to learn how to appreciate my body for the things that it can do and the places it brings me, and as I began to learn boudoir, I realized I could help other people who shared in similar struggles to my own.  Empowering others to feel strong, beautiful and worthy has ultimately helped me in my own journey of self-love, and it's so incredibly rewarding for me.

I've been a Professional Photographer since leaving the military, and have ventured all over this wild country of ours with my furry partner in crime, my beloved black lab Libby.  Together we love hiking for hundreds of miles, eating pizza (I vote YES on pineapple!) and rocking out to the best of the 80's while driving, in the shower, editing photos, working out, umm...yeah, you catch my drift (but fear not - I'll always let you choose the music  during your boudoir session). I'm a messy bun, dirty boots, jeans-kinda-gal who can clean up pretty well, but only for special occasion.  What you see above is what you get, minus the hat, plus nicer pants, on the regular.  And if my future husband is reading this, I can cook bacon like a boss.

 

I've explored all kinds of photography but there is something just so incredibly beautiful about helping others feel good in their bodies, and it truly is an honor for me.  I've always loved being the friend who can be turned to in a time of need. So for me, boudoir is an opportunity to be that supportive, goofy friend who will help you see your worth, and I 110% believe it, because it's also helping me see mine.

 

I truly believe boudoir is for everybody with everybody.  I do my damndest in life to be non-judgmental, am LGBTQ+ friendly, couples-friendly, and believe in sex positivity and body positivity.

And I believe boudoir is for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Amanda Stern

amanda@shakestuffup.com

Billings, Montana

Craig, Colorado

© 2020 by  Amanda Stern

Shake Stuff Up Creative Collective

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