“I need to lose (insert random number) pounds before I can do a boudoir session.” No, you don’t!
Y’all… I know this is a hard topic. Please don’t place boundaries like this on yourself! Boudoir is about celebrating YOU, no matter what season of life you are in. I know how hard it can be to put that fear out of your mind. I know you’ll be tempted to say you’ll do this for yourself when you hit some sort of “goal” weight or stage of life, but please hear me out. Let’s talk about body image and self-love in boudoir photography.
True story: After giving birth to my daughter, I had a really hard time accepting my new self. This body wasn’t one I totally recognized. This woman, this new mother – wasn’t someone I knew yet. I was uncomfortable with so many changes. Once I was cleared for workouts postpartum, I was really excited to start exercising again because it was a stress reliever for me. I was ready to get back to feeling strong, and ready to build new muscles I had never had before because it was a long time goal for myself. But, if I hadn’t leaned into the fact that my body could be a masterpiece already (even while working on my long-term fitness goals), I wouldn’t have all of the gorgeous motherhood portraits I do of myself and my daughter during that precious newborn stage. I wouldn’t have any of the boudoir portraits I do from during and after my pregnancy. And I promise you – I NEVER look at those photos and say, “Wow, I really wish I had lost weight before taking these.” I love those photos! I cherish those photos!
Don’t let the woman you are TODAY go uncelebrated or unseen because of fear or pressure or lies your brain tries to tell you sometimes when uncertainty creeps in. You might really miss THIS version of yourself later, and you’ll definitely miss the beautiful memories she created for you. You are already a masterpiece, hun. Your photos will prove it! ❤️❤️
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Here is a photo of me 3 months postpartum. I was not used to or comfortable with all of my new curves yet, but I leaned way into them. I let them be the star of this self-portrait. I was awarded a Bronze medal through the Portrait Masters for this. I also have it hanging above my computer and LOVE to see it.