We are proud to announce the winner of our TAIT Boudoir 2009 Women of the Military Contest. The winner, receiving the most number of votes, is Melissa. Congratulations Melissa! And congratulations to the other two finalists, who we will be contacting about their runner-up prizes. This was a close contest – everyone received a lot of votes as all of them should for sharing such inspirational and thoughtful stories. We hope this contest and these stories help to honor the great service of the amazing individuals who sacrifice their time and lives for the benefit of their nation. All of you deserve a day of pampering, starting with Melissa who will be treated to such at one of our boudoir marathons.
We have all read the touching story of Melissa. It is obvious that she is a warm and generous person, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. We wish the very best to her family, her serviceman, and their little one. We want to send you all the best wishes and strength to continue your struggle with MS. We look forward to meeting you!
Here are some of the comments we received on her behalf:
“I vote for Melissa. Commitment in the face of adversity. You have made the world and your family a better place.”
“I’ve only known Melissa for a very short time, and in that time she has endured a lot. She is a strong brave woman, she definitely deserves this.”
“I wish to vote for Melissa I know her personally and the story her future mother in-law wrote about her is OH SO TRUE!”
“My vote is for Melissa. I have known her for a number of years and find her story to be very inspirational. I feel that she definitely deserves to win this award. To me, she has demonstrated that she is the epitome of a military wife – strong and supportive and always there for her family no matter what. As my brother is also in the military, I can only pray that he will find someone as resilient as Melissa to be his wife someday. She is the kind of spouse that every man – either a man in the military or otherwise – should have. I wish her and her beautiful family nothing but the best.”
“I think that Melissa definitely deserves to win!!!! I knew Melissa in high school and she is such a caring and loving person who would do anything for her friends and family. Seeing what Melissa’s parents in law wrote brought tears to my eyes and shows everyone what type of person Melissa truly is. Even when things aren’t looking that bright she still puts a smile on her face and not once does she complain. I hope you vote Melissa to win because she deserves a day of pampering and to take the time for herself!!!”
“I would have to agree that Melissa is as beautiful inside as she is out and that everyone that knows her loves her. I had the sincere pleasure of working with Melissa and I simply adored her. Melissa was hired as my assistant and at the time had very little experience in the field in which she was hired to work. Melissa proved to be one of the best assistants I ever had. Melissa worked hard, was quick and eager to learn new things, was incredibly upbeat and always came to work with a smile on her face. Melissa never complained and was always a team player. Melissa is obviously strong (given what she has been through in the last few years) and most certainly resilient all the while being a beautiful, cheerful ray of sunshine in someone’s day. I can’t think of a more deserving person to be given a day of pampering.”
“I had my boudoir photos done by you in March 2008, and still follow your blog. When I saw the Women in the Military contest I immediately thought of Mel. Funny thing is, I don’t even know her personally. I work with her future mother-in-law Jane who nominated Melissa for the photo shoot after I told her how much fun my own experience was. Just from the few glimpses into her life that I have had from working with her future mom, it is so clear how much Melissa is loved and how much she gives to her family. She really deserves a treat like this. Without even knowing her, I just can’t help but root for her success!!!”
“I have had the opportunity to work with Melissa and agree she is very deserving of this. What a great gift to give not only Matt, but herself. Erica does great shots, as I had the privilege of being photographed by her, and Melissa should enjoy the pampering time for herself.”
“Melissa is a very kindhearted woman with a great sense of humor and very strong willed! Good luck Mel! you of all people deserve this!!!”
UPDATE: Melissa’s Boudoir Photography Experience – Military Wife
Melissa had her images done a few months after the contest. Here are a few of her images and her personal boudoir experience.
What made you want to have a boudoir session?
My soon to be mother in-law nominated me for the ‘Women of the Military’ contest. When she asked me if she could nominate me I was a little reluctant, and said sure but it was also something I always wanted to do.
How did you prepare for the session?
I did lots of lingerie shopping, and trying on different outfits. That morning I took a long bath, and enjoyed some quite time alone.
Who are the images for?
They are for myself, I really think they will help me be more confident and my fiance of course…if it wasn’t for him my life wouldn’t be as eventful!
Have you given your fiance the images yet, what did he think?
If you haven’t given them how do you think he will react? Yes, he thinks they’re wonderful. We both sat and went through the pictures and picked our favorite ones.
What did you think of the experience of having the images done?
I have showed so many people! More then I thought I would. I had such a great time, and I’ve told everyone I know.
How do you feel about your images?I love them!
I have so many favourites…I can’t choose!