Tanya – Celebrate You – West Palm Beach Boudoir Photography

What a small world we live in!  Tanya contacted me about a Celebrate You session so that she could provide a gift to her boyfriend.  Tanya is friends with another client (Natalie).   We coordinated & scheduled her boudoir session.  She was also kind enough to allow us to videotape her session so we could use it for a “Behind the Scenes Video“.

Tanya had several looks that she wanted to accomplish with her boudoir shoot.  She also knew that she wanted to have an album designed to give her boyfriend as a Valentine’s Day Gift.  About half way through the shoot, she dropped a BOMB on me!  She informed me that her boyfriend was my original photography mentor!  About 4 years ago, Guy encouraged me to stop shooting for free and start charging & become an official business.  I wasn’t so sure about this step, but Guy was 110% behind me.  I decided to jump off that ledge & Dawn V. Gilmore Fine Art Photography was born!

Well, after the shoot was done & she surprised him with his gift, he called me & told me how much he loved the images.  There is just something about the admiration & pride that had that really hit home with me!

Tanya is an AMAZING writer & dancer (is there anything this woman doesn’t do????).  I don’t have a way with words like she does; but our Celebrate You session was more than just about a gift for her boyfriend; for her – it was affirming how important it is to LOVE yourself and to focus on all of those wonderful things; for me – it was about helping a woman find the beauty that is within (and showing my mentor that his encouragement made it all worth it).  Here are some of our favs from Tanya’s session!  You can also check out her +Site (which is something that everyone who buys a Celebrate You package gets custom designed to the music of their choice) to see her final edited images.  She was happy to show these images off to practically everyone she knew!  I am so happy that she is so proud of the images & willing to share her experience with others.  I cannot wait to see how she describes her session on her blog – The Dancing Soul!  Should be interesting to hear it in her words!

I am going to start with a Before & After shot.  The one image is an every day image of Tanya and the adjoining image is after professional hair & makeup (and the right lighting/equipment/posing).  Tanya is a gorgeous woman, even in everyday; but its a good way to illustrate the differences.

“What began as a gift for the love of my life, swiftly morphed into the realization of all my lessons learned in self-esteem and self worth.  My Celebrate You session with Dawn V. Gilmore was unbelievably affirming for me!!! It illuminated all the work I have accomplished in building a beautiful structure that is my self-esteem! It all began with the purest of intentions to surprise the love of my life, Guy! I wanted to do a boudoir shoot to capture intimate personal images that told a story only the two of us would understand!! I knew the outfits, props, and scenes I wanted to use to create my vision. I knew it had to be in my apartment, aka my sanctuary!   The fabulous Jo’ah May did my hair and make up. I felt so pampered, and to dissipate the nerves I created a fabulous Burlesque playlist, allowed my space to rise to the occasion, and to top it off we had mimosas! I have always had a love affair with champagne, music, and playing dress up! Therefore, it was all icing on the cake to complete the creative energy that lent itself to the perfection of this day! As we began the shoot, Dawn made me feel so comfortable, and she truly understood the vision I wanted to convey to my Guy! My friend Natalie was here doing her session! Having all the girls at my place was so fun and amazing! If you have ever thought of doing something like this for yourself or your special someone, I would not hesitate to contact Dawn V. Gilmore. She will allow you to see what should be cultivating inside of you every moment of every breath, and that is your true beauty my fabulous bellezza (beauties)! Dawn in this sacred moment I would like to thank you for being the talent you are! You Rock!!!  In case you do not know, you’re perfect and amazing just the way you are right now! I want you to say that every time you catch your stunning eyes in the mirror!! If you think you can’t do things like a Celebrate You session, be sexy, happy, or loveable until you are a certain size, I am sorry to say you will never do it and will never be at a size you are happy with. Why? If you come from a negative place now, you will always attract situations that will affirm those negative thoughts for you. But, if you come from a place and affirm right now “I love you just the way you are and I can do anything”, then you will quickly begin to morph into the beautiful and sensual creature who has been living inside of you all along.”  Tanya – THANK YOU for allowing me to capture all of the fabulous things about you!  It’s all about celebrating YOU!



Hair & Make-Up services provided by Jo’Ah May of Jo’Ah Artistry


Dawn V Gilmore is a Port St. Lucie boudoir photographer, glamour photographer, and women's portrait photographer with a studio located on the Treasure Coast of Florida. She specializes in making women feel comfortable in their skin & empowering women to love themselves as they are! Photos for women by a woman! Her passion, ability and skills will reveal your seductive side and capture your inner coquette while being tasteful and professional. Celebrate You and bring your sensuality to life! Serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, Indian River & Martin Counties. St. Lucie County Photographer. For more information go to: Dawn V Gilmore Fine Art Photography


  • marisa taylor
    Feb 13th, 2012 - 7:47 pm - REPLY

    fabulous! great job 🙂 I especially love the outdoor shots

  • Trisha Clark
    Feb 14th, 2012 - 1:56 am - REPLY

    Just wanted to again say I was truly blessed to have Tanya allow me to see the work you did with her session. Each photograph was so stunning. She was so excited to share them with me and tell me how wonderful her expeirence was during the session.. I love how Guy encouraged you to follow your dreams and find your story very inspirational as I as well am kinda where you use to be as a photographer and am trying to get my photography business going for myself here in Kentucky.. I Love Your Work And I Truly Love The Way You Have Brought The Celebrate You Package And Helping Women Love Themselves Again.. You Are A True Hero In My Eyes And I Hope One Day I Can Make My Dreams Come True Just As You Have..

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    Sep 19th, 2012 - 2:16 pm - REPLY

    […] area.  Andrea was referred to me by Tanya, a past Celebrate You client (you can see her blog post here).   Andrea is also a dancer and I knew we would have ALOT of fun together.  Jacqueline Johnson […]


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