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Meet Krista Manus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Manus.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I realized a few weeks ago that while my life seems kind of boring to me, it sounds really interesting to other people. I arrived in Arizona 13 years ago to escape the cold & snow in the Midwest – I’m originally from Illinois. No. I’m not from Chicago. I came out here for work – which is my “day job” currently. I work for Raytheon Missile Systems and I’m involved in their Innovation & Crowdsourcing activities. But it sounds way cooler if I just tell you, I’m a Rocket Scientist (which since my undergrad is in Electrical Engineering Technology, is actually mildly believable). My “other days” job (basically when I’m not at the day job) is my boudoir studio – Unleashed Boudoir.

For the rest of my free time (yes, it does exist!), I love to dance. When I was younger, it was mostly ballet focused, and that continued into my adult years, but these days, I’ve taken up pole sport, artistic pole specifically. My highlight was placing first in my division in the International Pole Sports Federation National Championship this past May. My husband and I enjoy spending time at home with our cats, chickens & tortoise. We also enjoy spending time in Prescott & northern Arizona.

Please tell us about your art.
I own Unleashed Boudoir, a boudoir photography studio in downtown Tucson. I don’t shoot any other genre of photography because boudoir is such an intimate experience, I couldn’t imagine being able to do it justice any other way. My goal is to show women a different side of themselves. My clientele ranges from young brides-to-be to older women who miss seeing themselves as sensual, as sexy, as someone to be admired or treasured. My work tends to be darker and moodier in style. You’re not likely to find a lot of bright and airy in my work. Even my brighter work isn’t “bright, white & pretty.” I want to push your limits a little bit and I want there to be a bit of a feeling of “what happened in the next shot?”

My regular sessions always include professional hair & makeup because when you step in front of my camera, I want you to feel different – sexier, more confident, and probably a little bit sore when we’re all done. Like any new experience, you’ll be nervous, excited and maybe even a little overwhelmed. It’s all normal and those feelings should melt away as we go. Women who came in unsure that this experience was a good choice walk away loving the fact they stepped out of their comfort zone.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Finding their voice and standing out from the crowd. Anyone with a phone – or a “fancy DSLR” camera – can claim to be a photographer. Sadly, I’ve seen a lot of women choose photographers solely based on price and they have been unhappy with the results. It’s important to do your research and find a photographer that truly vibes with you and the look you’re after.

Also, overcoming objections from the public. Boudoir is still a bit of a taboo topic and it is often difficult to promote it in a public setting. Too often, I’ve seen women who have done sessions get torn down by other women for sharing their images. We (the public) seem to be ok with having bikini photos everywhere, and lingerie advertisements, but a woman celebrating herself is something to be censored? One of the missions of Unleashed is to overcome that – by continuing to showcase women as strong, amazing AND sexy. Because she can be all of those things and more.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Best place to see my work is my website & Facebook pages.

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Image Credit:
Teri Hofford Photography (

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