It was my first day on Bumble when I saw his tattoos and that he was looking for his caramel Morticia Addams, so naturally, I swiped right. The plan was to hit it and quit it. I was newly separated and not looking to get into a relationship. ESPECIALLY because I was in the beginning of a high conflict divorce with a narcissist. Let me tell you...this man had no idea what he was in for. I don’t know if it’s because he’s crazy, or because I’m crazy, or that we are both the perfect amazing of crazy for each other... But if I know anything, it’s that I’m crazy for him. Between making out and dancing in the kitchen to planning cross country road trips with this chick he just met...climbing in the shower fully clothed to hold me when I need it most...to standing by my side during a chaotic custody case...to bat caves in Mexico and the edge of the Grand Canyon.... He has seen me through my absolutely worst and loved me fiercely through it. I have always said that it takes a strong man to be with a strong woman. An insecure man would crumble. I know I’m a fucking handful and he handles me pretty damn well. He’s be my side. Day and night. Forever and always. There is nobody that I would rather spend my life with than this man. Today he turns 39 and I cannot wait to celebrate AT LEAST 52 more birthdays with him. Here’s to the most thoughtful, passionate, kind hearted, loving man of mine. I will forever shout our love from the rooftops because we fucking deserve this happiness we have built. I love you babe!!!
Did somebody say ⚡️FLASH SALE⚡️ For the next 12 hours, take 50% off of your Boudoir session AND receive a $250 print credit!!! If you’re in VA, the kids are officially out of school!!! I think that is a great reason to celebrate, right?! I am SO excited for this summer and I am so stoked for all of the ladies planning their session!!! If you have been planning to have a session this summer, now is the perfect time to jump on this flash sale! We will be live for just 12 hours!!! Our summer is just about booked to capacity, so these sessions are limited to just 10 spots! Have questions? Check out the blog (link in bio) for more info or shoot me a DM! #LeZandraPhotography #virginiabeachboudoir #hamptonroadsboudoir #womenhelpingwomen #womenempowerment #hrva #summertime #757collective #somethingboudoir #virginiaboudoir #rvaboudoir #dcboudoir #dcbombshells #rva
Our first installment of our Let's Talk About Sex series was AMAZING!!!! We had a great group of women from all backgrounds, lifestyles, orientations, etc. come together with one goal: To break down the stigma and shame associated with sex. Join us on Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm to chat about all things sex and sexuality! This will be our second series of a monthly chat where we discuss something that we all think about but never speak about! I think there are so many aspects of life that impact our sexuality. Religion, culture, past experiences or traumas, illness, the food we eat...You name it! Sex plays such a massive role in our lives, yet it is often viewed as taboo or shameful to discuss. I'm not having that. I will be hosting a get together where we hang out and discuss sexuality in a judgement free zone! We will have a monthly topic in the months to follow! Join us on Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm at our Downtown Norfolk Studio! #LeZandraPhotography #virginiabeachboudoir #hamptonroadsboudoir #womenhelpingwomen #womenempowerment #757localbiz #757collective #sexualhealth #sexualwellness
I have been sitting on this image, scared to share it with the world, for a few days now. It has been a long time since I last shot something for myself for the sake of art. At the beginning of the year I told myself that I would do 12 personal shoots this year. These would be sessions created from ideas that I have always been dying to try out. It’s just one a month. Totally doable, right? Well...it’s June and this marks two of twelve. But it’s better than zero out of twelve. How are you doing on your 2019 goals? #LeZandraPhotography #virginiabeachboudoir #hamptonroadsboudoir #norfolkboudoir #vampire #countessbathory #gothgoth #gothaesthetic #gothgirl #darkbeauty #darkfashion
When I was 19 I sat in BadAss Coffee in between my classes, scribbling into my notebook of ideas. Unlike most photographers, I didn't dream of becoming a photographer when I grew up. It was honestly the furthest thing from my mind, because that's not a real job, right?!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I was just a chick living in Hawaii trying to figure out how to take better pictures. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I had recently been bitten by the photography bug and I was OBSESSED with capturing the images that filled my head.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The only problem was that my photography skills were not up to par with the images that I wanted to create. ⠀⠀ So I sat and dreamed and wrote down the ideas that I wanted to execute. I saved that list for another day.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ It wasn't until now, 9 years later, that I FINALLY made those dreams a reality. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Countess Erzsébet Báthory, or the Blood Countess, is one of the most prolific female serial killers of all time. It was rumored that she bathed in the blood of her victims.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ She also inspired the name of one of my favorite Black Metal bands, Bathory.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I don't often get to photograph personal projects and I didn't realize just how much this shoot would impact me. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Between crossing an idea off my list after 9 years and being able to combine my love for the macabre with my passion for photography...my 🖤 is filled to the brim. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I cannot wait to share more images!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #CountessBathory #blood #goth #alternative #gothgirl #vampy #vampires #gothic #alternativefashion #gothicqueen #gothicjewelry #gothgoth #darkbeauty #darkfashion
I saw something today that has me 🔥🔥🔥 up. One of our amazing client shared her images on her IG. I never expect people to share because I understand that not everybody may be comfortable, but it always makes me SO proud when you do. Some dude commented “OBSESSED with your own photos? Wow narcissist.” I don’t know this man, but for ANY person who feels the need to make comment on a woman’s photos with any intention to shame her, you can take a fucking seat. First off: We live in a world that raises women to believe that their self worth is directly correlated to their beauty. We tell them they need to change this or that about themselves to be accepted. We pick them apart and constantly bombard them with images of “perfection”. BUT the moment the start believing they are beautiful? “You’re so vain.” “You’re conceited.” “You narcissist.” FUCK ALL OF THAT. These women work damn hard for their confidence. Oftentimes, they were told that they weren’t enough. Us women grow up comparing ourselves and feeling like we are falling short all the time because we have constantly changing standards that we are held to. They are living life on their terms and doing things that make themselves happy. Nobody should be ashamed of that. They sure as hell shouldn’t feel shame around LOVING THEMSELVES. Second: The only person that takes issue with a person loving themselves is an insecure person. That’s it. End of story. Happy people don’t go around insulting others. Confident people don’t shame others. People who are secure with themselves don’t sit there and bash others because they understand how ridiculous that is. Third: This is something I wish all men would hear: WE DON’T DO THIS FOR YOU. Your validation is not required. Your input is not necessary. Even when these images are given as a gift, it’s almost always for us. ANY guy that feels the need to insult or attempt to shame a woman is no man at all. Confident men don’t tear down women. They build them up. They admire them. They support them. They encourage. So, to the guy that felt his input was necessary, you can take your opinion and shove it. Thank you for coming to my TedTalk.