Why I Shoot Boudoir Photography!
15th August 2021
Why I Shoot 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 in 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 our door. I believed I could show 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, weigh 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.
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 took 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 and voices, sweaty hands and faces are things I see all the time. Once they sit in the chair to get their hair and makeup done, the transformation begins. The client slowly starts to shed those signs and feelings of nervousness and anxiousness.
Then the shoot would start. The first series is to get you all warmed up. When I show the client the back of the camera after the first series, I usually hear “OH MY GOD, that’s me? NO WAY that’s me!”. As we go into the next series and then the next, the laughter and smiles start to come out. Then she starts to feel sexy. They sexy eyes come out. And you can tell that it’s starting to click with them.
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 projector screen, their jaws drop. They see themselves like they never have before. This is one of the amazing thing 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, their smiling so big and they can’t wait to tell all their friends about what they just did.
A Little Bit of My Story
I’d endured over ten years in an emotionally and financially abusive relationship where my ex also abused my kids from my first marriage. Particularly the youngest, which only got worse when we had our own daughter. I tried to leave him then but I was crippled financially and emotionally, and it’s very easy for people to say, “you should have left him years ago”. They weren’t living it.
In hindsight of course I should have left him after two years but I didn’t have the mental strength until the abuse on my son became so great that it gave me the strength I needed to finally go. There is nothing so fierce as attacking one’s child to get a mother to rise up against her aggressor.
My kitchen after the fire...
I’d always been a photographer since uni and darkroom days, and during the 4 and a half years it took for me to get a divorce, I went back to Uni to hone my digital skills and take my mind of what was happening to me personally. Even after my house burnt down, and I lost all my gear and every single thing I owned, and he got everything, I dug very deep and started again - going back to my first love of photography.
Read the rest of My Story here..
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