Permission? Permission to be yourself? Sounds weird, but we struggle to give our selves permission to be our truest self! In fact, most women are slow to even acknowledge and (GASP!) CELEBRATE themselves.
We have been taught to believe that being confident is conceited and cocky. My mission is to change this way of thinking! One thing that I have incorporated into my boudoir shoot experience is at the end of each client’s shoot, we take a Polaroid selfie. My client then chooses her own superpower and writes that on the photo. One of the reasons I do this is because we do not need to wait on someone else to acknowledge that we are powerful, unique beings. It is time for us to accept and celebrate who we are and the unique attributes that set us apart! We are so quick to pick apart our bodies with a critical eye. Then we compare ourselves to others and our self worth and acceptance plummets!
So I was inspired to do this group shoot with my clients. Each of my special ladies chose a word that they embody. In their words, they are Gracious, Creative, Strong, Worthy, Funny and Courageous.
Throughout they day, I saw my clients embrace their individuality. A beautiful break through happens in that embrace. I had the pleasure of witnessing these women experience total freedom from their perceived flaws as they celebrate themselves and each other. With an individual’s boudoir shoot, you see yourself through MY eyes. But the ladies that experience a group shoot get to see themselves through not only MY eyes, but also through the eyes of the other women.
When standing with a group of women that empower and uplift one another, everyone rises a little higher. They stand taller and more confident because of the infectious, positive aura that they exude. Thank you ladies for being a part of something so special!
Here are some of my favorite photos of the day.