We had the good fortune of connecting with Lexie Burton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lexie, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I have learned from my business is to be myself. It seems so simple and easy but when you are in the service industry and food going on the table for your family is dependent on you providing the best service possible, it’s easy to fall into pleasing people and not being true to yourself. The moment I owned who I was and started acting like me, I found my groove and could provide the best possible experience to my clients because I wasn’t worried about putting on a front. My clients know, now, that I can relate to them. That I am just like them. That my intentions with their sessions are true. Given what I do is SO vulnerable, how on earth do you get someone comfortable with you if you aren’t comfortable with you. I go on this journey with my clients. The journey of self discovery and self love. Since I started boudoir, I have never been more comfortable with the person that I am and I have my clients and boudoir to thank for that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Nothing about where I am was easy to get to. I started in weddings and felt crushed after my first boudoir shoot. I started training and relearning everything I thought I knew to be a better boudoir photographer. I had a child while building my business, I have moved while building and now that things are taking off, I went through a divorce. All of these small life lessons, help me be a better photographer and help me provide a true experience to the women who come to see me. I show women who they are. I help women fall in love with themselves. Many times sessions are like therapy sessions. You are coming in SO vulnerable and sharing your life as all the negative things you believe about yourself fall off. You see yourself in a new light. You see the beautiful, sexy, powerful, strong woman that is in front of you. I am so proud of the experience I provide to the women who come to my studio.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well this is hard question! This implies I go out, LOL! I am pretty much a homebody. I like hanging out at my pool with my son and just enjoying life but let me think… I would probably spend most of my time in Dallas. I LOVE the vibe in Dallas, the hustle and bustle. There is a little spot under the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge that has water, nature and a beautiful view of the city. It’s the perfect mix of calm and city. If it was the right season, I would 100% be found at a Dallas Stars hockey game. I love watching sports but a hockey game is the first live sports I watched and truly fell in love with. The intensity and mood of the entire crowd for the entire game is just amazing. I am not a picky eater at all, I eat everything. One of my favorite bakeries is in Dallas, Bisous Bisous. It’s INCREDIBLE! If you haven’t been, GO! Depending on weather, we would be found at White Rock Lake paddle boarding. I have recently found paddle boarding and it’s one of the most relaxing workouts I have done. It’s so peaceful to just be on the lake. I am slowly working on yoga on the paddle board but baby steps!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is hard to list just one person because it’s been so many people. My parents, my child, the boudoir community, my fearless babe community have all helped get me where I am. My parents supported me going after my dreams and never discouraged me. My child gets to watch me work and hustle for a better life and do what I want to do. He gets to see me not settle and that’s encouragement to keep going the days where I question everything. No matter how independent and introverted you are, I have found that you need community and I have that on all fronts. The boudoir community is very supportive and wants the other person to succeed and that has been a tremendous help, especially over the last 6 months. Last but never least, I have a group of women behind me that support what I do. They encourage me and spread the word about what I do. They share their stories with me. They are the reason I do what I do.
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