Welcome to my new Blog Series: Boudoir is for EVERYbody. And I mean it when I say every body should be doing it. Many of you know that it has been my personal mission to help women of all ages, sizes and shapes to feel more beautiful and confident. I love watching women transform before my eyes. My hope is by reading this blog you will read the stories of my clients and why they chose to have a session and how it affected them.
The stories will be personal as each woman has her own reasons. I hope they inspire you to take the leap, go out of your comfort zone and have one too. Then you can see for yourself why I feel it is so powerful. It was my own session a few years ago that changed me during a time I wasn’t feeling great about myself to personally feel the power of a photograph. I got to reclaim my self esteem that went missing for a while due to divorce. SO what is your story? I can’t wait to help you tell it.
I’m a 34 year old mom of a 4 year old boy, wife, entrepreneur, singer and vocal teacher. I get pulled in several directions all day, every day! My husband, son, and I live in Northern NJ.
Why did you take the leap and decide to have a boudior session?
Well, I had taken sexy boudoir pictures once before, as a gift for my husband when we got married in 2008. I was quite a bit thinner then and though I had body issues, i’d recently lost a lot of weight (as many of us do before a wedding) and wanted to immortalize it! This time around, much heavier I was very nervous about doing a session but I needed a confidence boost. We were planning on possibly trying for another baby soon an I wanted to feel sexy, even at my current weight.
Did you have any reservations prior to the shoot? If so what were they?
I was nervous, I admit it! It was a last minute decision to do the shoot, so I had literally nothing to wear! I ran out to find some lingerie in my size (not an easy feat) and trying it on made me feel ANYTHING but sexy. However I found one item and decided on just my husband’s shirt and tie. I love Veronica’s work so I wasn’t concerned about her ability to make me look the best I could. I just wanted to put my best face (and body) forward.
Once I arrived for the session I was shocked to find that not only would I be photographed but there was also a videographer (a guy) at the session. Veronica assured me that he was there for HER, not me or the other subjects. Still, it was a bit nerve wracking being in my underwear in front of a video guy i’d met a handful of times! Sometimes I feel that being heavy and naked can seem more lewd than a skinny person being naked, does that make sense? You don’t see many heavy women in bikinis at the pool right? So being in my underwear in semi-public was scary.
Did the experience change you?
I can’t say that I was changed by the experience but I was certainly made more comfortable in my skin during the session. Once my hair and makeup was done, I looked so glamorous! I loved it! Veronica kept showing me the pictures on the back of her camera which reassured me that things were going great! And wow, was the session so fast! It went by in a breeze so i’m shocked at how many great shots there were!!
I guess the confidence boost was successful because we are now pregnant with our second child! When i’m a little farther along i’d love for Veronica to do a Boudoir/Maternity shoot! It’s cool to me to show everyone, and myself, that you don’t have to be skinny to look sexy and glamorous!
What was the best part of the experience for you?
Honestly? The camaraderie! The session was a mini session so there were a few other women there and it was just so fun to sit and hang out with these strangers who became fast friends! We did lots of girl talk and tried on sexy shoes!
Of course as I said, I loved my session so much that I’d like to do another to help me feel sexy and glamorous now that i’m pregnant!
When you showed your significant other, what was his reaction?
To be honest I wasn’t too concerned, is that bad? I wanted to do this for me and anything outside of that was a bonus! Of course my husband loved the pictures, especially the one in his shirt and tie. I love that he loves the pics!