I have always appreciated boudoir photography since I was in high school.

Even though back then I had no idea what it was called. I lovingly referred to it as, “Victoria’s Secret Style photography”. I loved how powerful the women seemed to feel. The look of confidence in the model’s eyes. How the photographer celebrated their god given curves and the way the light kissed their skin. And the the idea of the vulnerability?! Oh my goodness that made my heart race. The thought that I could help a woman celebrate themselves in this way felt natural to me.

When I was 25 I knew I wanted to do a boudoir session for myself.

I knew years down the line I’d want to see myself captured in all my unapologetic authenticity. Something just for me. Something I could always have to celebrate myself. I decided I was going to do it when I turned 30. So for five years I saved my money and kept my eyes open for a photographer I loved to invest into my experience.

Those five years coasted by and before I knew it my 30th birthday was here and I decided I was ready. Nervous. But ready nonetheless.

Now I hadn’t yet reached the side of me that was so called unapologetic. I was actually unknowingly in the midst of a mild depression. I didn’t understand then that even though I was a mess on the inside that this was the perfect time to pour into myself with a boudoir session. I had been following a photographer for a year or two on Instagram who’s work seemed to speak directly to me so I emailed him and booked my session. I had about 6 months to breath and slowly prep myself on the inside.

As time moved closer I reminded myself that it was a time to celebrate myself and also an investment in my future boudoir clients.

I wanted to know what it’d be like to be in your shoes. What kind of inner dialogue I’d have with myself prior and the day of. How it felt to shop for the session, fly to a different city, and then bare myself to someone I’d never met in person.

About a week before I felt a little uncertain about how I looked physically. I knew that this was normal but I also wanted to be totally present for the experience and not so in my own head so……The day of my session I surrendered. My body was what it was. I was gonna rock each stretchmark proudly. I decided then that I loved me just as I was. I didn’t need to change a thing. And you know what? My anxiety melted away. All of it.

Booking a boudoir session is such a wonderful and emotional investment.

You start to filter through all of the old stories about who you are as a woman. That joureny through old insecurities and new uncertainty and feel so frightening. Over the last few years I’ve realized my clients felt the same things on their journey as I did.

You think you aren’t sure/ready to book your boudoir session. Here’s 5 ways to know if you are. If you’ve read this far trust me you are 🙂 ……..


  • Something draws you into boudoir photography.

The fact that this thought has circled and hasn’t found an exit in your mind is huge. Even if you aren’t fully aware of why you’re interested. Explore those thoughts. Don’t make yourself feel weird about it. You don’t need permission to explore the thoughts that are already there.

  • You admire other women who’ve done it.

You’ve seen images from another woman’s boudoir session and you wish it were you. You scan the images wondering how freeing it must have felt. You look at her and you see no imperfections. Just her beauty radiating from each photograph. You want that for yourself.

  • You’ve inquired about a boudoir session.

You already know what photographer takes your breath away. You’ve email or even talk to them about a session. You get excited just talking about it. The money is an after thought at this point. In fact you may have been saving for years.

  • You’ve fantasized about your session.

In your mind you’re fearless. You’re wearing that little black number you bookmarked a year ago on your phone. Your makeup look flawless. And your ass? Listen, it couldn’t look any better. You’ve even imagined holding onto the album feel so proud and unapologetic.

  • You’ve told yourself you could never do it.

This is doubt trying to make you feel guilty for indulging in something you actually want. Plot twist it’s a trick! You already have everything inside you to not only pull something like this off but to surprise yourself in the process. You can do anything you set your mind to so why not this? After all there’s nothing more freeing than embracing your true self and accepting your so-called flaws (btw they’re beautiful.)

So now’s the time. This doesn’t have to be done when you’ve reached some kind of imaginary peek or weight. I think you’re ready. The question is will you surrender. You’re already the woman of your dreams. This is me giving you permission to celebrate your beauty unapologetically.






You ever realize something about yourself and it hits you like a ton of bricks? Well, over the course of the last year I have embraced something that I’ve been honing and nurturing pretty much my entire life. It’s an immense feeling of servicing others by encouraging and helping them take the first steps to navigate the toughest landscapes within their selves.

So that sounds kinda heavy right?! I know tell me about it!

Ok real quick…. let me tell you how incredibly odd, weird, different (you name it) this has made me feel over the years. I’d find myself offering advice and guidance to friends, classmates, older family members and even my parents! Like for real no lie my freakin grandmother and my parents yo! Let that sink in lol. I’d tell myself whoa Keyonna pump ya breaks , what the heck you think this is? With all of the internal battles I’ve faced what makes me think I have anything to offer to anyone. Who am I? Well it turns out this isn’t something I’ve chosen but something that resides in me whether I try to hide it or not. This is my why, a heartfelt passion, my purpose, my service.

And you know what? I’ll take it.

I’m innately pretty nifty at hearing, pouring into others, and guiding them into a destiny that’s been calling to them. What do I mean when I say “hear and pour”? I mean that when you speak I have a way of feeling out what you’re really saying and needing. The things that we sometimes are unable to articulate or hear within ourselves. And then guess what? I offer something to you to kick start your journey…. This is the pour. That could be a helpful resource or pointing you in the right direction. But more so though, I tend to help people consider that they can have a different reality and what they can do to achieve it …….if they choose to put in the work.

Officially offering this as a service makes me feel so so vulnerable and is in some ways is out of my comfort zone. Making it so publically known. And then being all hey ya’ll come listen to me lol. Most people know me as a fedora wearing soft spoken photographer. I’ve been comfortably hiding behind that for years. But in this same space of vulnerability I feel so steady and at home. If I can help just one person I’m game, lets go. We often believe we will crash and burn at something we want so badly but if we take a second to listen to our hearts and check our success rate we’d sing a different tune.

It’s time to unpack the old story you’ve been replaying in your mind over and over again. Retrain your thoughts and reframe your mindset. 

Soon I’ll be offering one on one and group coaching to help you over come your fears + own your shit. I’ll be there coaching, cheering, and walking along side you every step of the way. Everything you’ve secretly wanted is waiting for you ….. you ready? Subscribe to my mindset coaching wait list by email me at KeyonnaRenea@gmail.com . In the email share with me the areas of your life you’re ready to explore and a bit about yourself. When I’m ready to launch you’ll be the first to know <3






I almost quit.

Yep. You read that right. I almost hung up my hat as a business owner.
The universe has a way of making you so uncomfortable that you have no other option but to grow. To be honest the past few years I’ve been going through a transformation but wasn’t aware of what was happening.
For the last two years I knew I had a lot of work to do on myself. So in true Keyonna fashion I dived head first into the hard and terrifying work of self healing and exploration.
This was completely consuming to say the least. Emotional ups and downs in my personal life left my creative reservoir pretty dry and damn near empty. Like if you were to put your foot in a barrel your toes would barely get wet kinda dry.

In the last year I’ve been as close to broken as I’ve ever felt in my life. I knew this was an opportunity for growth but personally and professionally.  I told myself….

Alright now, you’re a hot ass mess, maybe you should hag it up.

Being a creative soul and having a conversation like this with yourself is typically terrifying…..only for me it wasn’t. I knew I was in desperate need ” to get my life together”. I was willing to sit down my camera (something I picked up at the age of 8) because I was afraid my level of service to my clients would suffer. And being as serious as I am about my business that’s the last thing I wanted.

I even set a date on my calendar when I was going to stop scheduling shoots. No lie. Like bam no more shoots after July. Hang it up. For the first time in my life I was gongho about giving up photography.

Funny thing about the universe is when you’re ready and willing to pay attention it’ll send you confirmation thru things and people on the most hidden parts of yourself. For me if was things that had been plaguing me for years and things I’d secretly wondered about career wise.
Somewhere between 2016 wanting to hang up my camera and 2017 after my MS diagnosis I got so much needed confirmation on my passion towards pouring into and pursuing intimate portraiture, boudoir, and mindset coaching. For the first time these three passions will live side by side as services on my brand new site. Take a look around and tell me what you think. Does it resonate with you? Does it inspire you? Comment below <3








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