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3 Years & 3 Albums Later

3 Years & 3 Albums Later

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I met Ms. B 3 years ago. I received a phone call as the year started and she said do you have an opening in March? I would like to do a boudoir session. She was going through a breakup and caring for the little boy she wanted to do something for her self help find her confidence again. 

She was hooked. The following year she called periodically and put money down towards another session and album. She got to experience another photoshoot in our new studio at the time just after the grand opening. Another pampering experience for her. We have a conversation jar in the beauty salon that has a ton of questions. “Have you ever flown” “What is your greatest fear” “Who is your inspiration?” etc. So many great questions that helped calm her nerves while her hair and makeup were done. 

Now this year she has completed her third photo shoot! No nerves this time. She is a pro!

After her music video at her reveal she turned to me and said “I can’t wait to do it again next year!’

Here is the layout of her gorgeous album!

Make sure you make time for yourself.

You’re worth it. Promise.

 

She has already set up her 4th shoot for 2020. 

 

Meet the Photographer

Meet the Photographer

I thought maybe it’s time I introduce myself again. It has been a while, what better time than today on my birthday! 

I don’t like Pina Coladas, I do love getting caught in the rain, I am not into yoga, and I have a brain

Okay so that song will be stuck in my head today… but anyway, in all seriousness. 

I am an old soul, I love snail mail and writing love letters, skeleton keys, old book pages, and white roses. From time to time, enjoy a good hostess chocolate cupcakes scratching off bingo-lottery tickets with a sprite zero when I need some downtime sporting a pair of chucks and all black outfit. 

I find peace in the rain, a good thunderstorm with a rainbow to follow is probably one of my favorite things and a very good way to also describe me as a person. Tend to  think it was because I was born during one, and I was my moms rainbow baby.

Being born in April I am an Aries, a fiery soul full of determination, and super stubborn, and loyal AF and very much an empath.

I have a 16-year-old Shih Tzu that is my world. I got her when she was just 6 weeks old. We are inseparable.

Most often I long to be near the ocean, lakes, rivers or even go for a long run in the rain. Water is so calming to me, and boating is so fun. I also like to sit on my favorite park bench and write, especially in my gratitude journal as that is something I do every day! I believe in serendipity. I believe in miracles, God and the Universe. 

I believe in dreams.

Believeing that working for them every day and never stop going after what you want in life. We are given a gift with life and I am doing my best to enjoy the second chance I got at life. 
 
That’s about it, for now, just wanted to share something about myself as I bring in another year of life capturing yours behind my camera. 

xoxo, 

Joslyn Crowl

For more about the owner

Diary of a newbie boudoir photo shoot…

Diary of a newbie boudoir photo shoot…

Diary of a newbie boudoir photo shoot…

Diary of a newbie boudoir photo shoot…

“I am a 61-year-old woman, married for 38 years with 4 grown children and 13 grandchildren (what lesser of a candidate than me right)? Here is a snippet of my journey:

One day I am scrolling through my FB feed and I see this thing of a half-naked woman on my feed advertising a photo shoot and I think two things: HOW did that get on my feed and WOW that’s a tasteful picture. So I “like” it and start seeing more. As time goes on, I click onto the page and like that as well. I find myself then stalking the page all the while wishing I had done this kind of a shoot back when I was young and prettier. (SIGH) I also get a sneak peek at the pricing schedules and “gasp” knowing that couldn’t happen with my budget as it is now. More important things to do with money now that retirement is looming ahead…

But then Joslyn does an FB contest for all her followers — to the person with the most interaction on her page. I am IN! I could win! And I liked, commented, emoji and shared every single thing on that page for a month! Well, I won! GASP! Oh boy, now you’ve gone it done it sherry — let’s see how you back out of it now! 

So I get my prize details and sit on it and sit on it and wait and wait till another 10 days go by. I had asked for a price list and misread it thinking I could buy JUST the add-ons (and with my prize came a credit toward photos) but I didn’t realize till later that wasn’t the case. It didn’t matter because surely I would only come up with one or two pictures that I would like anyway (being the old critical woman that I am) LOL

Finally, I call and I get an answering machine (privately I am so relieved thinking maybe she won’t call me back) but of course she does. We talk and talk and we connect so well on the phone. Joslyn made all my fears melt away. I had way too many questions and dare I say even demanded some things (got to Photoshop my cellulite, I didn’t like my belly showing, it must be tasteful for an older lady and on and on….) We made an appointment — she had one for the next week but an I excitedly took a later one (that way I would have time to bail) should I change my mind.

STRESS: what do I wear? Where do I buy it? What about accessories? Shoes? What’s a good color on me/ IDK anything about this venture I’m on…really I’m at a loss.
Then comes the day

I manage to hide everything in my car (including hubby guitar) and call off work to go to my first ever photo shoot. I eat light (don’t want gas but have to eat something cause I feel lightheaded and nauseous)
Makeup is first: she is just delightful so down to earth and walks me through everything while she was doing it. She made me up without making me look like someone I’m not and I feel so exotic! The hair cascades loosely and makes me feel and look ten years younger. I feel sassy.

Then we start looking at my outfits.

I bring 5 cause idk what’s going to work best BUT Joslyn knows right off – she picks three and we get started. And here we go….chin up, eyes down, arms this way, fingers lose, points your toes — breath– let’s adjust that ring to show….open your eyes, close your eyes, pout your lips (NO not duck lips) pop booty out — more pop in that booty, please! LOL, but they don’t feel like orders and you don’t feel scolded because interspersed in all of it are words of encouragement lime “Beautiful! Stunning! Oh, you are not going to believe that’s you!”

And before you know it you’ve been in three different rooms in three different outfits and 100 various poses…..so much so that when she asked me at the end was there any poses I could think of we hadn’t done and here is this 61 year old grandma saying “I want to get naked and cover my lady parts with this guitar” and she doesn’t miss a beat and steps out while I get positioned….and I’m there like “wow, who would’ve expected I would come up with that idea”

Afterward, I float around town doing a little shopping and a light lunch and I want the feeling to stay with me…..but I have to wipe off the makeup and get the smile off my face to act like I’ve been at work before I go home……but the experience stays with me for the whole next week. And it makes me feel special, no more than that, it makes me feel alive again! And I recognize that it was more for ME than it ever was for my husband…..

I have my product now and I nearly cried…

It’s an amazing journey! It is still way too much money for my normal budget but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have no regrets EXCEPT that I let my self-doubt self-defeating talk get in my way. I am worth it — and who knows maybe I will become Joslyn’s oldest client yet!

PLEASE, LADIES – DO THIS! You are so worth it!”

-Mrs. O.

On Christmas day she sent me a message her husband CRIED. Do this for yourself ladies!  
xoxo,
Your favorite photographer

 

Clients hair and makeup by Jess Jay Beauty 

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New Year New Updates!

New Year New Updates!

As 2018 ended I am so incredibly grateful for each and every one of our clients and the growth we are experiencing! We want to make your experience the best possible! A luxury studio space with so many little details to maximize your experience during a photo shoot!

Our studio got a makeover with the start of the new year! The studio is a little over a year now and our floors were something I wanted to replace and I finally had the chance too!  When we moved into our studio in 2017 when new the floors were a challenge, although pretty they were concrete which were hard to keep clean and had to go, we were on the look out for some great floors from day one.

Brian Beckholt, a family own business with over 40 years of experience, did an amazing job of installing them! If you need flooring/carpet installed, cleaned or even furniture cleaned give A.C.T Services a call at 614-554-2197.

We are currently scheduling for all of 2019 and 2020. We are by appointment and only except a limited about of session per month. 

Scheduling for the following sessions: 

  • Maternity
  • Boudoir
  • Family
  • Headshots
  • Senior Sessions
  • Portraits 

 

Contact Brian Beckholt with A.C.T Services call 614-882-4693 

Welcome, Jess Jay

Welcome, Jess Jay

Creativity & Vision

In July of 2018, I set out to find the perfect cosmetologist for our in-studio Beauty Salon. I wanted to find a like-minded individual with the same drive, the same willingness to put in the work and determination to be the best boss babe they can be. I wanted an individual that had creativity, a vision, and wanted to make the world around her just as beautiful as she possibly could. When Jess walked into the studio doors for her interview the light that shined within her I knew she would be perfect for pampering our clients and bringing out their inner beauty.

Beautiful & Talented

Not only is she beautiful but talented with nearly a decade of experience in the beauty industry her passion coincides with ours, making everyone around her feel and look beautiful not only on the inside but out. With education and teaching another passion, she started teaching makeup and hair over 4 years ago. Even with glitter and creativity running through her soul she is a self-proclaimed nerd and can get lost in a magical world of sci-fi and fantasy. Her charismatic personality and vibrant spirit she lights up the makeup room in our studio with every session!

She will make you feel beautiful and pampered and photo ready! We are excited to have Jess apart of our experience and her talent used to help make others feel beautiful!

We are glad that Jess is now apart of our team! You can follow her work here

We are booking through 2019 & 2020. Book today!

 

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