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Check Out Alyssia Renee Vega’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssia Renee Vega.

Hi Alyssia Renee, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
My journey in boudoir all started in 2018 when a good friend of mine asked me to take some photos of her in lingerie for her husband’s wedding gift. It was something I’ve never done before because I was a second shooter for weddings so I decided to not charge her.

I honestly didn’t really know much about boudoir so after a year of following boudoir photographers, watching YouTube videos on posing and educating myself on material, I decided to finally put myself out there and start shooting. I began by asking a few friends to model for me to build up my portfolio and then found a studio that was affordable for me to rent out for sessions. After lots of practice, I officially launched Alyssia Renee Boudoir in June 2019 and booked my first paying clients. My business wouldn’t be where it’s at today if it wasn’t for all my friends and first paying clients who trusted me in the beginning when I had this vision to empower women.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting a business on your own is never easy and doesn’t magically happen overnight so there were some small struggles along the way I did face. In the midst of starting my boudoir business, I was also in the middle of wedding planning for my own wedding. Let’s just say I had some months where I completely did nothing boudoir related because I was already so stressed from my own wedding. Once my husband and I got married, I told myself I was going to put all my energy into boudoir again. Then…Covid-19 happened and my hours from my day job were reduced and I was home a lot more. So I took advantage of this free time that I never had and worked on my branding, marketing and social media. As things started to pick up, I started to see a difference in the amount of attention my business was getting. Friends started referring me to their friends and clients started to contact me because they found me on Instagram and TikTok. Although it took me about a whole year to get where I’m at now, it was worth every late night and tear because I’m doing something I’m truly passionate for!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a boudoir photographer who empowers all women to see the true beauty in themselves. I’m an advocate for self-love because all women deserve to feel beautiful in their own skin no matter what shape or size they are. We are all made different for a reason so why not show off those unique traits and flaws we have! I encourage all women to step outside their bubble and recognize what they are capable of. Boudoir is so much more than just taking seductive photos for your significant other. It’s an experience that helps build confidence, courage, and self-love. When women reach out to book a session, my main goal is to create the best experience possible. I want women to look at their photos and think “Wow. That’s really me!” What I’m most proud of as a boudoir photographer is the relationships I’ve built with every client I’ve worked with. Every time I meet a client for the first time, it never feels like I just met them at that very moment.

We talk, we laugh and sometimes we even cry together and there’s not a better feeling in the world knowing that I am trusted to capture this empowering moment in their lives. These women are coming into a session where they are pretty much half-naked in front of someone who they hardly know so that is why it’s so important to me to build that trust with them before their session. My clients mean the world to me and every ounce of my heart is put into their session before, during and even after their session. So I guess what sets me apart from other boudoir photographers is the amount of love and drive I have for what I do. It’s more than just props and sexy lingerie for me because what truly matters is that women love themselves for who they are and not what they are expected to be.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
I grew up thinking success was based off of how much money I made and what kind of career I had. Well, as an adult now I define success completely different. I define success by happiness and making an impact on others. Yes, money does help, but doing something I truly have a passion for that brings happiness to others and myself means more than anything. My job is to help all women see the true beauty in themselves and accept who they are. If they are happy, then I’m happy!

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