Adina is an amazing woman who has overcome so much in her life. She is SUCH a badass hard working babe. Her confidence is amazing to watch. She did this for nobody but herself, and now has these gorgeous photos to remind her of the badass that she is.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO A BOUDOIR SHOOT?
I have done five other boudoir shots in the past and love my photographer and her team. I saw Sam's work a couple of years ago and reached out about options. I loved the studio she shot in and thought a different lens would be fun.
My main reasons for doing these are typically in celebration of something. My first was my first 60 lbs I lost, and a few in between celebrated new relationships and times in my life.
I kept putting this off and after the loss of my dad and a very emotional break up, I knew it was time to do something for myself that reminded me of my inner beauty. I was losing confidence and my general Adina mojo, which started to really get me down.
HOW DID YOU FEEL DURING YOUR SHOOT?
For those who have done shoots with me in the past, I'm very comfortable with my body so walking around naked or partially naked isn't a big deal. I believe this to be a form of art so I have little reservation, however, there still needs to be a certain level of professionalism and tact and Sam showed me this.
It was just her and I during the shot and no complicated equipment. I loved it being just her and her camera. She was open to some of my own suggestions, especially the one with the smoke and book! I think that turned out just perfect. I could feel my mood changing and was so happy, especially during the time I was in, to push myself to do it!
HOW DID YOU FEEL AFTER SEEING YOUR IMAGES FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Sam did an amazing job at showcasing my images in a slide show when I first showed up. It was a lot to take in. I didn't recognize myself in some of them - not physically, but just the confidence that I thought I had lost. I was proud of what I saw. She captured my essence perfectly.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND A BOUDOIR SHOOT TO OTHER WOMEN?
Being a plus size woman, I believe in embracing your body and loving it. While there are a lot of days I struggle, the empowerment of boudoir is insurmountable. It can quickly remind you that you are beautiful, help you find the confidence and courage you may not have ever had or through life, let slip from your grip. I recommend boudoir for individuals (dudes and ladies) and would love to do a couple's shoot down the road some day, even if it's with my cat!
Adina has an awesome Blog. It is raw, honest and very inspiring. If you'd like to check it out you can do so here: https://discoveryourstrength.me