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Honoring Health Care Workers - Contest Winners

In October 2020, we created a contest for health care workers in which one winner would be treated to a boudoir photo shoot experience and products - a $663 value. The contest read like this: "Our hearts go out to all of the heroes in the health care industry. We can't imagine the challenges you are facing, and we're sure there are moments when you question your own abilities - and perhaps your sanity....but we want you to know that we are PROUD of you. We are PRAYING for you & we LOVE you. We know that you are determined to make a difference in this world - and you are. And we notice & want to honor you."

Anyone could nominate themselves or a co-worker, spouse, friend or family member. We were OVERWHELMED by all how many amazing women were nominated for this giveaway! Our team and many clients read and voted on the nominations we received. It was like torture narrowing it down: after all, each and every one of the amazing health care workers that were nominated definitely deserved it! We couldn't help ourselves, and actually included two more of the nominees to win a photo shoot of their own.

Here's the nominations and some gorgeous photographs from the winner's boudoir photo sessions in our Minneapolis studio.


I am actually nominating myself, I feel that I deserve to win for a variety of reasons. I do work full time within the healthcare field as a registered nurse, times are tough with such uncertainty. I am also in school full time working towards earning my Nurse Practitioner license in Psychiatry. Mental health is such an unserved area, I cannot wait to make a positive impact on my rural community. I also am a foster mom and although the state has authorized for us to stop doing foster care I have opted to continue, these kids still truly need our help, or love, and our support. Finally I'm supporting our military, my husband is currently deployed (4th tour overseas in the last 10 years), I support him state side as well as all the other wives who are going through this deployment (many terrified at home with little kids and babies and unsure of how to cope). I have never nominated myself for something like this, but if I won it would be so incredible, and such an amazing surprise for my husband when he finally comes home.


Kendra is an emergency room registered nurse, where she has been working for the past 4 years. She has a 3 month old and a 2 year old at home and her husband is a deputy sheriff. They are having a tough time with the pandemic going on because they are both working overtime, all while taking care of the two kids without the help of daycare or friends and family. Kendra is beautiful, in great shape and deserves to have a day where she can relax and do something fun for herself and her husband. She deserves it!! ~Zach

Kendra's Love Note:

Such a fun group! Viktoriya did an awesome job on my hair and make up. I felt so pretty and it was an awesome experience. I was nervous going in, but once the process began it was so fun! I wasn’t sure how to feel about the length of the extensions, but I’m so glad we gave them a try! Crazy how much some pretty lashes and glorious hair can get you prepared and out of your comfort zone - into boudoir mode! The girls worked so well together to capture the perfect photos! Fixing hair, moving lights, finding the perfect angles, and of course helping with poses! I had a great time and can’t wait to do it again! Thank you so much!


I am nominating my sister Christina. She is a nurse and has been working long hours during this crazy time. She is a single mom of 2 and is so deserving of something like this. I did a shoot with you guys before getting married in 2019 and after my experience I felt so strongly that it was something she should totally do as she struggles with her confidence after her divorce due to an affair in 2015. She is SO beautiful inside & our but sadly after being hurt the way she was I know her self image is low and doing something like this I think would make her feel SO beautiful. You guys were incredible to work with and I’m constantly encouraging ladies I know to come visit... I even got my manager at work to do one ;) ~ Joanna


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Sugar & Spice Photography is a Minnesota based, women-owned small business that specializes in boudoir and pinup photography.  

WE ARE...moms, wives, engaged, divorced or single women...and we are on a mission to share our passion with you!  Our intimate & tasteful boudoir photography is created to...

...CELEBRATE each woman's individuality, helping them to look and feel beautiful, be playful and ooze sexuality with dignity, elegance and class.

...ENLIGHTEN and empower the women that we touch, and help them realize that they are beautifully and wonderfully made by their Creator.

...TRANSFORM and unveil the inner bombshell of each woman, by pampering her, laughing with her, and making her feel as amazing as she is!

Our fierce team of females work as a team of two to get the best results and most shots possible. The Coaching + Attention to Detail = Amazing Results



A boudoir photography shoot with us is done tastefully and beautifully with an all female team to nurture your comfort and ensure that you feel pampered, empowered & sexy!  Nervous?  We will coach you through the entire amazing, super fun experience…from outfit selection to posing!  We’ll give you the Hollywood treatment and help bring out your inner supermodel!

Our sessions INCLUDE hair styling - with clip-in hair extensions at no additional cost, professional photography makeup & false lash application.   

Our drawers and closets are OVERFLOWING with smoldering lingerie & sexy costumes in sizes 0-26 and tons of shoes, accessories and props for you to choose from!

We have an adorable 6,000 sq ft studio serving Minneapolis and the Twin Cities with more than 20 amazing sets and countless props: from the bedroom the kitchen the locker room ...and everything in between!  

Say BUH-BYE to lumps & bumps, cellulite, stretch marks, scarring & unwanted tattoos!   We will contour & shape body to enhance your natural beauty. We have photographed women of ALL shapes, sizes & ages & we are masters of retouching.  Our custom-tailored products INCLUDE body shaping & retouching.

You may be shocked that the perfect gift for him...turns out to be the perfect present for you, too….!  Check out hundreds of testimonials from our clients who left their session feeling empowered, confident, beautiful and sexy!  Discover your inner bombshell with a boudoir photo shoot experience with Sugar & Spice Photography.



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