My “Why” for shooting Boudoir
Why Boudoir Photography?
Sometimes I find it hard to put into words why I shoot boudoir photography. To me, it is so much more than photos. It’s about self-acceptance, body positivity and art. It is about getting glammed up and laughing your butt off. It’s about the transformation that takes place between the time you walk into my studio and walk back out that door. It is about feeling beautiful, and that is something I believe every person deserves.
I started shooting boudoir photography because I saw the beauty in everyone that came in my door. I believed I could help any person see what I see through my camera. Women tell me they feel they can’t look “that beautiful” because they feel too tall, weight too much, or have too many stretch marks. I loved showing them the photos from their shoot and showing that they CAN, in fact, feel beautiful. Seeing their reactions to their pictures changed me. From that moment on, I knew I had found my passion.
The transformation that took place in my studio is the best part of the whole experience for me. When a woman arrives in my studio, most of the time she’s nervous, sometimes even visibly nervous. Shaky hands and voices, sweaty hands and faces are thinks I see all the time. Once we start to chat the transformation begins. The client slowly starts to shed those signs and feelings of nervousness and anxiousness.
By the time we finish the session and go into the reveal, we’re friends. we’ve just shared an experience that they will always remember We’ve laughed and shared stories about our lives.
Once I show them their pictures on the computer screen, their jaws drop. they see themselves like they never have before. This is one of the amazing things about boudoir photography. I get a chance to show them how I see them, how their spouse sees them and be their mirror. When they walk out that door, they’re smiling so big, and they can’t wait to tell all their friends about what they just did.
A Little Piece of My Story
I have always felt embarrassed and discouraged about my body. My entire life was spent idolizing Victoria’s Secret models and wishing that I could one day look like that. I was never thin enough, never fit enough and never confident enough. Every time I look back at pictures, I’d think “wow, I looked so good, why didn’t I see it?!” All while still hating the current version of myself that my future self would end up loving. I started to see my struggles from a new perspective and did not want my daughter to go through those same pains of self-hatred. I decided something had to change.
Yep! That’s me at my own boudoir shoot!
I never understood how so many women could get the courage to do a shoot. Why couldn’t I muster the courage? So I decided to try. I started small and it changed me completely. I had my own boudoir session, first with just my husband behind the camera and then with a fellow photographer and realized that I AM beautiful right now. I needed to see and experience that transformation. It taught me to be kinder to myself and speak words that I would speak to my best friend.
It is a journey that takes a lot of patience and a lot of kindness. But it’s a journey that I wanted to share with so many other women. I only wish that I could help every woman find her confidence and realize that we all have bad days, but we can all use a little more grace with ourselves. You are your own worst critic and you deserve to see the beautiful person I and everyone else sees. You deserve it.
For me, boudoir photography is a celebration of your body and who you truly are. I take pride in being able to show women how to celebrate their bodies, their battles and their victories they’ve been through. Let me show you your sparkle. Let me help remind you how to love and proud of yourself.
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