Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wanna know a secret???

Before I get to THAT....

...Guess what *I* did?

Ok, I know you guys remember me telling you a few posts back that I had a "secret" to tell you. Right?

Well, it's time to share. But before I do...let me just warn you. This secret is NOT...and I repeat...IS NOT earth shattering! Actually, some/most of you probably won't even care. AND may even be a little ticked at me that this is IT??? (sorry)

How bout a little background, shall we?

As you are aware, I have a group of friends that I meet with every week for Girls Night. Three of these lovely ladies own/run this company. They had this brilliant idea, back before the first of the year, that one night for Girls Night, we should do a Valentines photo shoot for our sweethearts. WELL...that sounds like a fun idea, doesn't it? But WAIT, here's the kicker...not only will this be a Girls Night photo shoot...but a Girls Night LINGERE photo shoot!

Ok, I can already hear some of you GASPING! Trust me, you didn't "clutch the pearls" like I did! A lingere photo shoot? You mean...with LINGERE?

Alright people, now, I'm getting nervous. It's enough that I agreed to be in my FAMILY shoot for Christmas cards. But THIS...(excuse me a minute, I'm feeling faint again just talking about it. ) ...THIS is just not something that screams DAWN!!! I am the one who takes the pictures. NOT the one who has pictures taken of them.

Those of you who know me, know that I am, by no means, a "spotlight" kinda girl. I like to be behind the scenes and just watch stuff happen! I mean, I struggled with even doing a scrapbook layout of myself.

Ok, ok...enough rambling. The plan was for us to wear something that we thought our husbands would find sexy and/or attractive. Ya'll my daily "uniform" is jeans and a shirt. If that's not sexy...I don't know what is! lol When I tell you that I stressed over this for weeks...you've gotta believe me. When the day finally came, I felt sick to my stomach. Literally! I DON'T do lingere! Some of the ladies even went and bought cute little nightys for this historic event. And we all thought long and hard about what our hubbies might think...again, I felt sick. They even had someone come and do hair and makeup if we wanted.

Anyway, I guess you're wondering if I actually went through with it? Yes, I did! Again, I was still very nervous and VERY out of my element. But fortunately, I'm good friends with the photographers and I trusted that they'd keep my apprehensions in mind. They did an awesome job with suggesting poses and the right "looks" for us. It was actually pretty fun. I think the part I really enjoyed was that they tried to make sure our wedding rings were visible in most of the shots. Again, trying to get us out of our day to day "routines". And prove that, even though we're moms and wives, we should sometimes be pampered and made to feel special.

Alright, so you wanna see some of my shots? (I can't believe I'm showing these to you.) But...here goes. This is the group of pix I put together to give to my sweetheart for Valentines Day. This is only 3 of the 10+ that were taken.So, whatcha think? You think the mister is gonna like them? I think that's what I was most nervous about. But we'll see...

And now, the fine print....
NOTE: All of these ladies that I spend several hours with week after week, are Christians. The main focus here was to do a photo shoot that would make us, "regular" moms & wives feel special and pretty. Each of our shoots were done separately and not in front of everyone. It was up to us as to whether or not we wanted to show our pictures to eachother. We were not "forced" to do anything we didn't WANT to do. The photographers and the photos were very tasteful.

Alrighty, that's it. I told you it was nothing earth shattering. Just a little "different" for me. I will admit, I'm glad I went through with it. But that doesn't make it any easier to be the "subject". Another thing, DO NOT expect to see these on a scrapbook layout, lol. Something tells me this is the last you've seen of these.


Happy Valentines Day!!!

18 comments:

Adrienne said...

OH DAWN!!! YOU LOOK JUST STUNNING!!!!! I THINK"HE" WILL LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM! Thanks so much for sharing!!! You are coming out of your shell :-)

Veroncia said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

M will love them. Heck, I love them and I not that way at all...LOL

Happy Valentine's Day Dawn!

Patti said...

I think it's a wonderful idea and you look FABULOUS. I would love to do something like this. I regret not having pregnancy photos taken but I was too bashful.

Kathy said...

I think they turned out BEAUTIFUL! You should be very proud of yourself!

Gwen said...

WOW. YOU ARE JUST STUNNING (BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT AND I TELL YOUR DAD THAT EVERY CHANCE I GET). Mark would be crazy not to love those pictures. Classy Classy Classy.

Happy Valentine's Day

Love You
Gwen

gold said...

GIRL YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!!!HE WILL LOVE IT!!!!:)

denaid said...

Girl I'm am HOWLING with laughter. I am SO proud of you for even thinking of doing this. You could have shown a LITTLE more of the girls :) but the photos are fabulous. I especially like the bottom right one. FABULOUS. Show that stuff!!

Lisa D. said...

love the photos...you look very beautiful. I am sure your husband will appreciate them. thank you for sharing and for coming out of your shell...this sounds like something I might want to do...:-)

Jude said...

Oh my word, you look so awesome! I love that one of you leaning on your hand, how gorgeous! I know it was out of your comfort zone, but wowee... it was worth it! :) My friend Dawn the VS model!! :):):)

oranginadreams said...

Your shots are beautiful! I'm sure your husband will love them.
Thanks for stopping by
Leslie

Cheryl Wray said...

Okay, I absolutely LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I think your pictures are gorgeous!!!!!

Dang it, I wish you'd "spilled the beans" on your idea earlier. I totally would have done this with a few of my girlfriends too. So fabulous!!!!

denaid said...

So what was his reaction??

DMB said...

I love the pictutres. They look so natural and yet gorgeous and fresh! I think they reveal a lot fo your personality. Your hubby should love them.

Gretchen said...

Dawn, you are a beautiful woman! I honestly can't pick a fave out of the 3 because they all capture you so amazingly well. I just know your hubby will be thrilled to have them. I can only imagine that it was a major trip outside your comfort zone! It would be for me, too, but I love your choice of pjs. Sexy, but not over the top. Leavin' some mystery. Fabulous. Just fabulous. Well done.

Lynilu said...

I'm running behind with the craziness in my own life, but I gotta say ... OH, DAWN!!! Those are lovely!! Don't be embarrassed about them!! They are classy and beautiful, and I'm sure Marque loved them. Lady, you are beautiful and elegant, and it comes through in those shots. YAY, you!!!

jacki j. said...

beautiful!

Amy Mae said...

Awesome pics! You look gorgeous, honey! Whoever took the pics did a wonderful job and kudos to the person that came up with the idea. Definitely something different and personal. Really cool...hope I remember this idea for when I get married. :)

Dondrea said...

The one on the top right is very modelesque! Go, Dawn! :-)