Becoming Friends

This job connects me with absolutely amazing women!  The second this beauty walked through the door I knew we would be forever friends.  Her personality was very similar to mind and we shared so much the day of her boudoir experience.  I love when clients sit around with me after their shoot to just talk to me!  We’re exhausted but we don’t want to part!  This woman completes me.  Yes, I just quoted Jerry Maguire, and it fits perfectly.  She’s funny, caring, patient, understanding and so many other wonderful things!  It has been a privilege to get to know her and I can’t wait to see what journey we take together.  She will be one of my muses for a future shoot that I’m planning!  She killed it during her session and I’m so excited to be able to show you some of her images!

After her viewing, she posted this in our private group —

“I know I’m supposed to just tell you all how much fun this was and how amazing Maura is, which it was and she is, but that seems like such a superficial response to what ended up being so much more and what led me to even doing this in the first place.
Through a series of extremes unfortunate events, this is what I rewarded myself with for surviving a few really really realllllllly awful years. Years that made me feel really ugly and inadequate.
I’ve never been someone who considered myself pretty, let alone sexy. I’m not saying that so anyone compliments me, at all, I promise. I’ve always been unapologetically me, and proudly have never changed that, but through my “dark time” when after years of being told what I should be, then the voice saying that ended up with exactly what I was supposed to turn myself into, flipped a switch in me that was hard to turn off.
I found it hard to eat, I was excessively working out, up to 4 hours a day just so I could work up enough of an appetite to eat something, and exhaust the voices in my head enough to hopefully sleep. I got down to 128 lbs, I’m almost 5’ 10” tall, so I’ve never been that small in my adult life, except when I was 21 and scouted by an agency who told me to lose weight, I went and ate a burger, and had a beer after telling her where to go, lol. Anyhow, that was the first time I felt physically pretty… a super emaciated state, clearly my head was more sick than my body.
Flash forward 3 years and 30 pounds heavier, and a much better mindset. I’d been silently watching this group for a while, and finally said “screw it, I’m doing this”. And. I. Did. Leading up to it, old voices resurfaced, “you should’ve done this all those pounds ago”. Then I meet Maura. When I tell you, no one has ever made me feel as pretty as she did, I’m not exaggerating. Look it, I’ve always hated my butt, always. She loves my butt, like, loooooooves my butt. And truth be told, even though I’ve been told I have my head up my ass, I wish I would’ve looked up, because the pics of my booty are kind of amazing.
I would absolutely 100% tell anyone, of any shape and size and age, do this. Celebrate yourself. Because I went into it for some cute pictures, turns out, the pics weren’t even the reason I was led to go meet my sista from anotha mista. Every woman owes it to them self to feel gorgeous, and not feel bad about it. It’s not conceited, it’s not narcissism. We shouldn’t feel the need to downplay a compliment. Aaaaaaand when you can have another woman genuinely compliment you, and not be snide or nasty, but really and honestly compliment you, embrace the hell out of that.
Sorry, I’m long winded. But in all seriousness, this is so worth it.”

The rest of this post is what she said after her session:

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

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2) How did you feel about yourself before your photo shoot?  Like I needed a lot of work, frumpy and tired.

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3) How did you feel about yourself after your photo shoot?  Better than I could’ve ever imagined possible.

4) Describe your session in 3 words?  Fun Empowering Pampered

5) What was your favorite part of the boudoir photo shoot?  Becoming friends with Maura

6) What would you say to other women who are considering a boudoir photo shoot?  Do it, don’t wait till your ready, just do it

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