When life throws you curves, embrace them! TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER.

If you haven't heard of Fabuplus Magazine, you need to check it out! It is an amazing lifestyle magazine for curvy women. I was proudly published in the Summer issue when I photographed a very special client of mine, Kerri-Lyn. Read below for her empowering interview.

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What inspired you to do a boudoir shoot with Crave Boudoir? 

I am in my mid 40’s, I have always been curvy. I spent my teen years being ashamed of my size, my 20’s pregnant, and focusing on being a mom, my 30’s not really caring about my appearance at all, and now, I've decided that it's my time to shine! 

I had been considering doing a boudoir shoot, when I came across Crave Boudoir’s photos, they were exactly the look that I wanted, sexy but classy, sensual yet playful, but above all that, the women all looked beautiful and RADIANT! I immediately fell in love with all the pictures on the Crave Boudoir website and Instagram page. I wanted to feel like these women looked.

What have you learned since shooting with Crave Boudoir? 

I have never in my life considered myself sexy. In all honesty, I had never even considered myself attractive at all, until I saw the photographs that Samantha had taken. It took all of my self control not to tear up. I look GOOD, really good! Although I don't want to sound vain, I kind of looked hot. Never had I thought it was possible to look like that. All of the areas of my body that I was so insecure about seemed irrelevant. My focus wasn't on them , my focus was on the positives.

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Why has this been so important to you? 

I truly believe every woman should do a photo shoot at some stage of their lives, it has brought out a self confidence in me that I didn't know existed. I find myself smiling more, standing taller, feeling more comfortable in my own skin. The photos made me feel empowered, almost invincible. There is something about being shown what you look like to others that changes your perspective of how you see yourself. My body is in no way, close to society's definition of perfection, but it is MY body. I have been trying to be more involved in the body positive movement, and I have no problem finding the beauty in others, I am now starting to see it in myself.

What do you hope other women will gain when they see your photos? 

I would hope that they would lose any inhibitions or self doubt. That they would see their potential to feel the confidence and self discovery that the photos have awarded me. That they would see the beauty that exists in them everyday. That they would be inspired to book their own shoot and experience the exhilaration of feeling worthy of being photographed.

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How did you find your experience shooting with Crave Boudoir? 

I can't say enough wonderful things about Samantha! She is absolutely amazing, she's so positive and encouraging. Before the shoot, she sent a questionnaire asking about your favourite features about your body and how exposed you want the pictures to be. I was a nervous wreck when I first arrived, the butterflies in my stomach were having a rave! Yet by the time my hair and makeup were done I was much calmer. Several times during the shoot, I got the giggles, and, still Samantha kept shooting, and although those pictures were neither sultry or provocative,they showed, the real me. I was sceptical of some of the poses she was asking me to do, but then when I saw the results, I was blown away.

FLORIDA CURVES

This September I travelled to Boca Grande, Florida for a photography workshop called Florida Curves. We got to photograph 3 models all with different body types, who were all EQUALLY stunning as you will see below.

I went in to the workshop thinking I would learn some lighting and editing techniques, which I TOTALLY did as you will see in this blog. However, little did I know how much I would learn about myself in the two days I spent in a house with the most incredible group of women photographers.

We got silly.

We got vulnerable.

We got fierce.

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During the workshop, the teachers asked us our "WHY". Why do we shoot boudoir?

Of course my first thought was "I love to empower women and help them embrace their bodies" 

Then we were asked to think deeper than that. I began to think of my own journey to loving my body the way I do today.

I thought back to my childhood- always being called "skinny minnie" by my family and how uncomfortable it made me feel. Even though I was thin, I was so self conscious of my body. I would wear a t-shirt over my swim suit to the public pool as an attempt to cover my flat chest. I would wear baggy t-shirts and sweaters to school because I wanted to hide that I didn't have hips, and felt my body was too boyish to be seen.

My body didn't look like the other girls in my class. I can even remember in middle school, wearing two bras under my shirt to a party to try and make my boobs bigger!

During college when I gained some weight and got some boobies, I still wasn't happy with my body. It is so hard to love yourself when you are constantly bombarded with images in the media that show you an unachievable standard of beauty.

There is a common misconception that skinny=happy. That could not be further from the truth. You never know someone's insecurities based on their size. 

It wasn't until I discovered boudoir photography that I started to truly love my body just the way it is. I saw the impact the photos had on my clients. Sometimes these women are seeing themselves as beautiful for the very first time in their life, and it is a very powerful feeling to give someone that gift.

I started to realize that there is no such thing as the perfect body. All bodies are valuable and all bodies are unique. Women's bodies allow us to live, love, thrive, laugh, succeed, learn, grow babies, travel, dance, and of course, eat all the pizza!! Our bodies are capable of SO many amazing things, I finally learned it doesn't have to be perfectly chiseled in order to be happy with life.

Fast forward to current day, where I no longer am ashamed of my body. At the workshop I did not cover my body on the beach, but rather frolicked nude and went skinny dipping with the entire group of women at the workshop. It was one of the most surreal and amazing moments in my life. I felt completely free and happy.  

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Here you can see images of the three models from the workshop.

Three different bodies. Three valuable bodies.

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Unique. Empowering. Fun. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

Unique. Empowering. Fun. - Those are the three words Abby used to describe her boudoir session, but I could truthfully use the same three words to describe Abby.

Abby Green is a recipient of a Body Confidence Canada Award in 2016. I followed her on social media, and have watched all of her makeup reviews and tutorials on her Youtube channel. Not to mention- she rocked her own makeup for her shoot, can you say- mad skills? So when she approached me to photograph her boudoir session, I was SO EXCITED!

I have photographed many women of ALL different shapes and sizes, but never a woman in a wheelchair. So for me, I was beyond excited to shatter another one of modern societies ridiculous cookie cutter standards for beauty!

Abby is one of the most brave, smart, independent, hilarious, empowering women I have ever met. She is the epitome of what a strong female should strive to be. She does not let her disability get in the way of ANYTHING.  

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In Abbys words: "It takes thick skin to be me. Everywhere I go I have gross words hurled at me. Parents hide their cowering children from the Hideous Wheelchair Monster. And that's not even considering the gross things I've read online! It took a lot of work to get where I am today. And, if I can give myself credit, I'm proud of myself. I'm proud that I worked through all the garbage and found myself beautiful, even with all the times I've been told and taught that a girl in a wheelchair can never be pretty. I found the courage to put myself out there everyday, whether it's at my IRL job, or on my Youtube channel, regardless of the negativity"

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I hope Abby's session will inspire many women who have ever felt like their body has no representation in mainstream media, that it is such an empowering feeling to "break the mold" of societies ridiculous beauty standards. I am so proud of Abby and all the work she has done on her journey to loving herself. 

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Young Self Love. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

All my clients who walk through my studio doors amaze and inspire me. Every. Single. One. This beautiful soul Breanna, came to see me last winter and we had a blast capturing some seriously stunning images. Breanna is amongst one of the strongest and inspiring young women I have ever encountered. Watching her embrace her curves and believe in her beauty was magic. Breanna is wise beyond her years, and should be so proud of herself as a young woman to be able to show such love and care for herself!

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Lingerie from Additionelle by the Ashley Graham collection

Hair and makeup by Cassandra Campbell Beauty

Celebrate Yourself. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I was inspired to use these dreamy kimono robes by a lovely Toronto designer Sarah Catalfo in Layna's boudoir session. The robes are gorgeous, sexy, feminine, and unique just like my clients. Layna looked absolutely STUNNING in her session. Valentine's Day does not always have to be about celebrating your love for someone else, it can be about celebrating YOU and the amazing woman that you are!

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Kimono's by Sarah Catalfo

Makeup by Artline Makeup Artistry

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Photography by Crave Boudoir

Sarah Taylor's Boudoir to PURE REDEMPTION

This past summer I got to photograph SUCH an amazing woman. Her name is Sarah Taylor and she is a Toronto plus size model, blogger, body diversity advocate, motivational speaker, just to name a few. Her reason for doing a boudoir shoot for herself, was to take back her purity as a part of her healing journey. Check out her blog post here to read more about her story.

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White Dream Glamour Corset from Addition Elle by Ashley Graham

Black Rhinestone Lace Halter from SexyPlus Clothing

Photos by Crave Boudoir