"People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty, is realizing YOU are the beholder." - Salma Hayek
I love this quote and everything it stands for. So many people don't have confidence in themselves. However, we all have to realize that the flaws and imperfections we hate, make us different and unique. Those differences are what makes you beautiful. My wish is to make you see that beauty within yourself.
I love doing boudoir sessions because I love empowering woman to feel confident. Boudoir photography to me isn't just about taking "sexy" photos for your significant other. It's about feeling good about yourself.
Every woman is beautiful. Yet, every woman is incredibly insecure about themselves, and only see their flaws when they look in the mirror. Most woman I talk to about booking a boudoir, they are not happy with something about their body or are afraid they'll feel uncomfortable. At every session, my goal is to change that view you see of yourself.
Mandy gave me the green light to post some photos from her shoot. Below, are some beautiful words from her about her session. Maybe they will inspire you to do something to make you feel good, and beautiful and confident. <3
"As a woman I feel it's incredibly important to support other women. Whether it's simple compliment, encouraging them to take a leap, fighting for what they deserve, the support should be endless. And my hopes is that turns into the trickle down effect for the next generation of females who are growing up in a world that is forcing them to grow up too fast, or just believing that if you aren't runway material, you aren't good enough.
This session with Mallory was supposed to be a celebratory one. I was due to be granted a divorce weeks before, and turning 39 weeks later, what better way to celebrate than getting dolled up and have some hot photos taken of you right? Unfortunately, things beyond my control happened, and my divorce was not granted. I wish I could say I didn't have to turn 39 either, but life goes on. I didn't cancel because I knew I still deserved to celebrate me as a woman. As a hard working, single parent, stressed, putting whatever good into the world I can, woman. Boudoir for me, as it is for Mallory, isn't about the lace, the panties, the nudity, boudoir doesn't have to be about sex, it's about feeling sexy. Sexy comes in all levels, shapes and sizes, just like women. I personally was coming off a loooonngg winter, and I had lost a lot of my definition, feeling a bit blah. I did not pressure myself though to get fit, or crash diet to prep for this session, that would be false advertising. I am very happy with my body, I like brownies, beer, and I'm not afraid to admit that, or show it. Nor should you. If your sexy is being nude, awesome, if it's your significant others t-shirt, fantastic, if it's black lace and high heels, go for it. Mine, was a denim shirt, a sweater, and one hot bodysuit. I can incredibly proud of all of these images, and am SO happy to share them. I am no different than you, we are all human, I have my good days, and bad ones too, we all deserve to feel special, and it's OK to put yourself first. I could preach all day about boudoir, so I'll leave you with this - Do it for yourself first, and someone else second. - Mandy"