Niki is 100% a badass professional whom I trusted wholeheartedly throughout this entire process. But she is more than just a super talented photographer - she is such a genuine human being. After being able to talk with Niki and get to know her a bit more while getting ready and even beforehand during our first call, it was super apparent that I was working with someone who was not just passionate about her work, but also passionate about her clients.
This experience is something that I'm truly going to cherish - and would love to do again. Never would I have imagined that I would do a boudoir shoot! What started out as something that was just supposed to be a gift turned into an unexpectedly uplifting experience. No matter where I was in my life - health-wise, school-wise, career-wise, etc. - I always felt somewhat unsatisfied with myself. Like I would never be pretty enough, or skinny enough, or just good enough. But being in the shoot and doing something that was totally out of my comfort zone, I didn't think that I would feel as confident and powerful as I did. It wasn't even about being dolled up or wearing the sexy outfits I had on - there was something about just capturing images of myself in those moments that made me feel so at peace with who I am and in my own skin. I felt so pretty, and sexy, and just... soo GOOD.
After seeing some of the gorgeous prints I was able to take home as an early birthday gift, my fiance said, "I hope you feel and see how strong and beautiful you are, the way I see you every day." And after having done this, I can now say that I do, and I can't thank Her Story Images enough for such an empowering experience. It's definitely one I'd recommend to any woman!!"
This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I always had an excuse. It was either: I need to lose weight, I’m too old, or I don’t have a significant other. Being a divorced single mom of 3 kinda messes up your self esteem. I then realized, I need to love myself and embrace my beauty my body for what it is no matter what age, and I’m doing this for myself, not anyone else. This is why I decided to gift myself for my 40th birthday (but did it after my birthday because of the pandemic). It takes a lot for us women to get out of our comfort zone and put any insecurities to the side.
My experience the day of my photo session was extraordinary. The second I stepped on the doorstep, seeing my name on the welcome board, being greeted with a smile as soon as the door opened made me feel special and at ease. When I got my hair and make up done, I felt like it was a girls night out. Just 3 girlfriends laughing and talking about life. I felt soooo comfortable. Thank Goodness for the guidance of posing and wardrobe!! It made the photo session so much more easier and relaxed. I never felt rushed.
I was more nervous about seeing the actual product than taking the photos. I was worried that what I imagined in my head was not going to be the same. I was completely wrong. My photos came out more than what I imagined. I cried when I saw them. Tears of joy! They all came out beautifully and perfect. Niki captured my story. The innocence in pink. The sweetness in the wings. The bad ass in the black. The sexiness and beauty in all. I cried because all the insecurities I had made no sense. I truly realized I am beautiful, I am sexy, I am amazing. Thank you Niki for making me fall in love with myself."
For many years I struggled with my self-image. It didn’t matter how skinny I was; I never felt pretty enough. The crazy thing is that when I looked at old photos, I wished to look like that again. So now, I realized that I am already perfect just as I am, and I didn't want to wish for the body I have now when I am older—It was time for me to celebrate it now!
To celebrate my body, I decided to do a boudoir photoshoot with Niki, owner of Her Story Images in Oakland. Niki helped me see the beauty in me and celebrate every part of me. I not only felt beautiful, but I also felt like a living art under her direction and vision. I won't lie that I wasn't nervous and scared, but Niki made me feel super comfortable. The best part is how Niki let me control how the photoshoot went. She was very respectful and mindful of my needs and feelings.
The other highlight of working with Niki is how I felt like a superstar. When I arrived at her studio, there was even a welcome sign with my name at the door. She also played music which set the mood and helped me not be nervous. Niki also helped guide me with the poses, which she even demonstrated herself. I also love that my hair and makeup were done on-site by the wonderful Diana. I can't wait to do another photoshoot with Niki in the future!"
"My boudoir session with Her Story Images was empowering, fun, relaxing, and celebratory all in one! I highly recommend working with Niki. She puts a lot of time and care into the session to make sure that you walk away loving your photos and feeling like you told the story you wanted to tell. Diana also does an incredible job with hair/makeup and nailed the bold look I was going for. After a year of COVID, it felt amazing to feel pampered and get dressed up!
Niki does a great job of suggesting poses and ideas that showcase your uniqueness and personality, and she's very centered on embodying strength and empowerment. You'll feel very comfortable and at ease working with her! I see a lot of photographers over-editing boudoir photos to the point where I can't even tell who the person is, but Niki does an amazing job of showing you as YOU, in the best way possible.
Her photos are elegant, strong, and tell the story you need to tell. This was a celebratory photoshoot after a number of tough transitions and loss in my life, and a kickoff to a new start. I think every woman deserves this opportunity. Don't hesitate to reach out to Niki!"
The photos - OH MY GOD. Incredible. True works of art, in every way - Niki is an absolute master of her craft. I now have these works of art as a reminder forever of who I am, my inner goddess shining through me on my darkest days. Niki gave me a gift I will never ever let go of.
"I wanted to do a boudoir session to help boost my self confidence. When I discovered it, I wasn’t in the greatest place mentally and liking myself physically. I was thinking about doing something like this for a year or two. I liked the message behind Her Story Images, and the work was beautiful.The experience has been such a good confidence boost for me.”
“I was feeling a little anxious before I came in. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but once I got here and got settled it felt nice that I committed. Niki and Diana helped me feel comfortable and nothing felt awkward. I was feeling a little nervous before I came in to see my pictures because I had no idea what the camera captured. I’m really happy that I went through with this and that we made it to the finish line. I loved seeing the end result of such beautiful art. I’m excited to display the photos. I look at it as beautiful art that shows a beautiful woman. I would tell anyone thinking about doing a boudoir shoot to just do it. Don’t overthink it, just book the session and channel that inner beauty."
I decided to do a boudoir session because I was referred by a friend who did a boudoir session, and I wanted to do this to get back to my roots of loving me and appreciating me. Before I came in I was feeling a little nervous. You can look online all you want, but the feeling before you come in is not the same as when you walk in the door and are pampered. So I was a little nervous, but I was also very excited. I was worried about looking at myself in a different light…because it’s not something you just go out and do everyday, so it was unfamiliar territory.
The day of my photo session I felt very relaxed and pampered, and I appreciated all the attention to detail so it was really nice.
When I saw my photos I cried. It was a very emotional experience seeing myself like that. I have never looked at myself in this light. I don’t have words to describe how I feel…I loved all of it and I would do it again and again and again!!!
I would tell any woman thinking about doing a session that she has to do it. I feel like this is an experience that every woman has to have for herself."
"Niki is a true professional and wonderful artist. I booked a boudoir session as a gift for my fiancé on our wedding day, but the session turned out to be more of a gift to myself. During the session Niki made me feel at ease almost instantly, constantly checking in to make sure I was feeling comfortable and confident. During my ordering session I could hardly believe the girl in the pictures was me.
It's so easy to get caught up in your day to day life, you forget to appreciate your own beauty as a woman. These photos rejuvenated the confidence I have In my body and myself. The final product came out beautifully. I was so impressed by the high quality materials used - my prints and album will last a lifetime! This experience is one I would recommend every woman do for themselves. I can't wait to get into the studio for a second shoot some day soon!"
"I came in for a boudoir shoot because I wanted to document and celebrate my body where it is today. My husband’s birthday was coming up, so that was an opportunity to do it, but it was really for me. I’ve never really liked my body, and I wanted to celebrate it a little bit more, especially after having two kids.
I was most nervous about finding the right outfits, but after I talked with Niki, I felt better. There was a lot of material to look through, and I felt excited about the shoot. We had a ton of fun the day of the shoot…I felt really sad leaving because we got along so well. I can see looking at the pictures how I felt during the shoot. I felt really good, and it went really quickly.
I felt really good when we were taking the pictures, so I worried they wouldn’t turn out. I was really surprised when I saw my photos. I was really happy and excited. I was surprised that I liked how I looked.
I am blown away with my album. The quality is amazing. It feels good and it looks good. It tells a story, and I’m really excited to have the documentation of a time when I felt really powerful and good about myself. It’s such a solid investment, and it’s high quality work."
My pictures are beautiful!!!! She is absolutely amazing!!!! I would recommend any women to do this for themselves, it was an amazing experience, from beginning to end. I truly feel like I hired a photographer, but left with a friend, that is how wonderful Nikki is!!!!"
I left the photo session feeling more confident and beautiful in my body. When she delivered the photos, I was blown away by the way she captured me!
Niki is creative, and her positive energy helps capture the best soulful pictures. She is truly the best!
When I saw my photographs, I felt amazing and empowered and beautiful...I couldn’t believe that the pictures were of me.
It feels very safe. Niki relieved all my nerves. I think it’s a really empowering experience, and I think every woman should do it.
When I saw them, my eyes watered up because I’ve never seen my body this way before.
The way that it comes together is so classy and elegant that it makes you feel good as a woman and person!
But I love my photos. I absolutely love them! It was very emotional seeing them because it is more confirmation for myself that I am beautiful.
This experience has made me feel more empowered in my new body and more beautiful than ever.