Personal Growth

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I often talk about how one of the most beneficial outcomes of a boudoir session is that you begin to see yourself in a new way.  You see yourself through my eyes.  You start to see yourself the way everyone else sees you.

When I look at you, I don’t see the standard you hold yourself up to, all the failures and defeats, all the pain you have experienced.  When you look in the mirror, you see all the hardships, the pain, the agony, poking and prodding at your body, wishing for things to be different, wanting these “flaws” to go away.

It’s hard for us to look in the mirror and not see those things, so it’s important to take some time to let someone show you what they see.  I see a strong and radiant woman staring back and me and that’s all I want to capture!!

Today I’m thankful to be able to showcase a client who is the epitome of strength, beauty and radiance.  She didn’t believe it until she saw it.  So honored I could show her this side of herself!

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Here’s what she shared on Facebook after her photo reveal!

” ‘You’ll never see yourself from this angle. You don’t see you the way I see you.’

She’s right. I don’t see myself the way Maura McCarl Chick does, but I am stronger seeing her version of me.

It is unbelievable the transformation that takes place during your time at Maura’s.

I really …. don’t have the right words. “

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Here’s what she said about her shoot!

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Personal growth

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Not great

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Better, when I see the pictures.

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Better than imagined

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Just being with Maura.

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? Boosting confidence to every one who books one…. Just what women need. Confidence. Strength.

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Go through with it

 

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Self Appreciation

I leave this entire post in her words, because you’d rather hear from her than me!

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Here’s what she said in our private women’s only group on Facebook:

“HOLY EFFING COW! I HAVE NO WORDS FOR THESE WORKS OF ART! These are absolutely stunning! I still can’t even believe these are me! During my viewing today, I stared in amazement.. not just because of the pictures in front of me.. but because I could remember every picture being taken and the positivity and happiness that was flowing out of Maura’s mouth the entire shoot from behind the camera!

I have never felt so good about myself or so confident! I have struggled for years trying to love myself because like most women, I always see the thing that is wrong in the mirror.

Today, for the first time ever, I knew exactly what it felt like to LOVE myself and who I am as a person. Hands down my life was changed and I am forever Thankful for Maura!

To the Women out there that watch this page and admire all these women you see who book these sessions and think “I wish it was me”.. or “if I loose 30lbs I can do this and look like this”… WRONG! IT CAN BE YOU NOW AND IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE, I promise.”

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Here’s her post session interview:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  Self appreciation /hubby happiness

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Timid. Okay at times. Conservative

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Confident. Flawless. Beautiful. Capable
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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Empowering. Amazing. Fun
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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Pirate  [That’s an inside joke]
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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? Empowerment. The feeling of being able to feel beautiful regardless of hair, makeup, or clothes. It shines Through all the time.

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Maura takes every tiny insecurity you may feel you have and makes you forget you ever had doubt about yourself. She makes you feel flawless, beautiful, and empowered. The sun was brighter when I woke up the next morning after my first shoot because you see things differently once you have the power to love yourself in a world full of uncertainty. Is something you can control.

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No Matter Your Age

What’s your excuse for not investing in yourself?  Some people say their age.  This beauty wants to show you that regardless of your age, you are worthy of this boudoir experience.

Here is what she had to say!

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  My daughter brought me to your open house last March. I was a little leery about doing this, but after talking to some of the women who were there and after seeing the “fluffy” robe, I decided to go for it.

2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Old, I felt old. I was very nervous as I had never done anything like this before.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Great, Maura is so good about making you comfortable and feel beautiful.

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fabulous, Fun, Awesome

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  It was the fact that I felt so comfortable when I really thought that I would not.

6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? I was very nervous about this shoot as I am “older”. To me, it helped me to realize that even though I am “older” I am still a strong, powerful and nice looking woman. It gave me confidence in myself which has been lacking.

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  I would say go for it. Women need to know that at any age we are strong, powerful, confident, magnificent people. I believe that if you decide on a boudoir shoot that you will not regret it. Our bodies, no matter what age, are still beautiful and we should be proud of them, no matter our age.

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On Fire

I had the immense pleasure of sharing the boudoir experience with this woman for the third time, though she’s been in front of my camera more times than that.

The growth that I’ve seen in her has been truly remarkable.  When I talk about boudoir changing your life, I mean it from the depths of my soul.  She is proof.

Life has dealt her a hard blow over the last year and a half.  But, deep down, I still she that strong, powerful, UNSTOPPABLE woman standing in front of me.  She likes to tell me that she’s a strong woman because a strong woman raised her.  Couldn’t be more true!

I’ll leave the rest of this post in her words.

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Here’s what she shared in my private women only group on Facebook:

“I had my viewing for my third & Facebook Live shoot today. Again, I’m completely amazed by Maura & her magic. To the ladies that havent experienced Maura Magic, I wanted to say what it is to some of us.

Maura Magic is the hug you get as soon as you step in her house. Maura magic is being pampered with not only hair & makeup, but a day that’s 100% revolving around you. Maura Magic is stripping down to bra & panties in front of Maura, nerve wrecking, to say the least, yet so freeing!! To be able to stand in front of Maura & be welcomed, as you are, without judgement & so much love is Maura Magic. Leaving with a soul that’s ignited & powerful, a soul that’s always been there just forgotten, is Maura Magic. You’ve stepped outside of your comfort zone & grown so much in just a couple hours, that is Maura Magic. A couple weeks later viewing pictures from that day, reliving each & every glorious moment is Maura Magic!

Doing a Facebook Live session was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but BOY OH BOY am I glad I did it!!!! Once the live shoot was complete, Maura continued to push me outside of my comfort zone by getting me to do a shower scene, I told her I couldn’t do that.. & man was I wrong!

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place – but nothing ever grows there.”

Thank you Maura for selecting me for a live shoot, continuing to push me to grow & allowing me the opportunity to experience Maura Magic again.”

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And, here’s her post shoot interview:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  It’s a year of ME. I’ve been focusing on putting myself first, loving myself & being there for me, myself & I. To continue on my self love journey I wanted to push myself, again outside of my comfort zone.

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  I had good & bad days. Day of the shoot I was questioning why I agreed to do a LIVE Facebook shoot, but a year of me meant pushing myself to continue to grow.

3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  AMAZING!!! On fire!! Unstoppable!

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Spectacular – hot – growth

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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Shooting outside, never had a boudoir session outdoors.. boy was it FIRE!!

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6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? I feel that boudoir is a freeing experience that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. You leave with a new sense of yourself, that’s always been there, but forgotten or overlooked in the busy day to day life. It’s amazing to experience it for yourself, but it’s also fantastic to see others do & experience the same!

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7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it! You won’t regret it! Don’t feel like you need to drop a couple pounds or be a certain size you’re perfect as you are. Do yourself a favor & experience it

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Wonder Woman

I took a small break from blogging sessions recently.  I have been so insanely focused on my sessions that I haven’t found the time to keep the blog updated.

Time.  It’s a funny thing.  We all feel like we don’t have enough time.  Not enough time to do all the things we want to do, that we expect ourselves to do, that others request us to do.  We can’t make time – we’re all given the same 24 hours in one day.

One of my friends posted a meme on Facebook that said, “trying to be a good mom, wife, friend, family member, drink enough water, exercise, cook, clean, text everyone back, stay sane, survive and be happy.”  It was accompanied by a photo of Cruella DeVille.

I thought to myself, “well, gosh.  We can’t do it all. Stop expecting yourself to do everything and be everything to everybody.”

  And I think that’s what my friend was expecting of herself.  She wants to be perfect and have time for everything.  But, we don’t have time for EVERYTHING.  What you do have is enough time for the things that are the most important to you.

That’s essential for you to remember.  You always have time for that which is most important.  And, I think that should be our focus – what is important?  That’s where you should spend the most of your time.

Stop giving half of yourself to all the things.  Give your whole self to the most important things!

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Now I share with you this beauty’s session, and the special item of her husband’s that she wanted to incorporate into her session.  Here’s what she said about her session:

1) Why did you decide to invest in a boudoir photo shoot?  For myself

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Not very beautiful

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Wonder woman

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4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Exciting, lifting and empowering
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5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Maura magic

6) What value do you think a boudoir session brings to your life and the community of women you support? Confidence

7) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it.

 

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