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, & art. It’s about getting glammed up & laughing your butt off. It’s about the transformation that takes place between the time you walk in my studio and walk back out that door. It is about feeling beautiful, & that is something I believe every person deserves.
I started shooting boudoir photography because I saw the beauty in everyone that came in our door. I believed I could show any person exactly what I & many others see through my camera. Women tell me they feel they can’t look “that beautiful” because they feel too tall, weigh too much, or have too many stretch marks or as I like to call them tiger strips! I love 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.
It was now my job to be a mirror for my clients. Not the mirror that the world shows you that shames you, but the one who sees past all of the lumps, bruises, and “imperfections”. The one that shows you your sparkle.
The transformation that takes place in our studio is the best part of the whole experience for us. When a woman arrives in my studio, most of the time she’s nervous, sometimes even visibly nervous. Shaky hands & shyness are things I see all the time. Once they sit in the chair to get their hair & makeup done, the transformation begins. The client slowly starts to shed those signs & feelings of nervousness & anxiousness.
Then the shoot starts. The first few shots are to get you all warmed up. Then I start showing the back of the camera, I usually hear “OH MY GOD, that’s me? NO WAY that’s me!” As we go into the next set & then the next, the laughter & smiles start to come out more. Then she starts to feel sexy! The sexy eyes start making an appearance & you can tell that it’s starting to click with them!
By the time we finish the session & got into the reveal, we’re friends. We’ve just shared an experience that they will always remember. We’ve laughed & shared stories about our lives. Making some realize they truly are not alone in the way they feel & see themselves.
Once I show them their images durning the reveal, 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 & be their mirror. When they walk out that door, their smiling so big & they can’t wait to tell all their friends about what they just did.
I didn’t quite grasp the gravity of what I was accomplishing for women until September of 2018. I was in a time of my life that I didn’t know what to do. I struggled with my body gaining weight & not seeing the person I thought I was. In a toxic relationship I didn’t know how to get out of. I was a very unhappy version of someone I once loved being.
One day I took out my camera & decided it was time to get some selfies…Y’ALL…when I say I was shook…I mean I was SHOOOOOK!!! I couldn’t believe that was me I was seeing. I felt like I had found me again & felt like my body was beautiful & strong. That’s when I knew this is what I’m suppose to do!
After that I went head first and started this boudoir photography business & I haven’t looked back since!!
I look back at my photos & realize that struggles are apart of our stores…if it wasn’t for the things I went through at the time I did I wouldn’t be here now helping women daily!! I promise your not alone here!!
For me, boudoir photography is a celebration of your body & who you truly are. I take pride in being able to help show women how to celebrate their bodies, their battles & their victories they’ve been through. Let me show you your sparkle. Let me help remind you how to love & be proud of yourself.
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