Succulent SuperSHEroes!-TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

I had the pleasure to photograph the absolutely stunning Rachel of The Succulent Six!

If you haven't had heard of The Succulent Six, they are an amazing group of badass body positive babes from Toronto. They have a brilliant series on CBC that you can watch here. 

As described on their website: 

"Our team of "pseudo-superSHEroes" was formed on International No Diet Day 2016, united on a mission of body acceptance. We like to challenge each other by taking on special missions that push us out of our comfort zones and champion self-love in all shapes and sizes. With our new series, we invite the viewer to come along with us as we partner with a special guest ”Succulent Sixth” get out of our comfort zones, and complete missions that champion self-love in all shapes and sizes."

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I myself am a Body Positive Activist. I accept all bodies into my studio regardless of weight, size, or ability. I believe all women are worthy of feeling beautiful and having stunning portraits taken of themselves.

Photographing other BOPO Babes like Rachel and the ladies from The Succulent Six makes me BEYOND happy. We are on a mission to bring marginalized bodies to the mainstream! Enjoy the images from Rachel's session below. Sorry not sorry for making your JAW DROP TO THE FLOOR!!

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If you are interested in having your own body positive boudoir photo shoot experience, contact me here and lets chat about creating a new perspective of yourself!

FASHION QUEEN. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER.

This was my second time photographing this beauty. The first time, we did a very soft, classic boudoir shoot. This time, we decided to go for something a little different. We wanted to try out a high contrast, edgy look, and I am loving the result! 

Nicole is a stylist, so that always means awesome wardrobe! If you're looking for an amazing stylist in Toronto, be sure to look up @nicolecontador.stylist on Instagram, she's amazing!

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I'VE ALWAYS BEEN SHY. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

I recently got to photograph this bombshell! Read on to hear about her experience:

What made you want to do a boudoir shoot?

I wanted to do a boudoir shoot because I have always been shy and insecure. I felt it would help me build some confidence in myself, which it definitely did! It was an amazing experience. I loved everything about it.

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How did you feel during your boudoir shoot?

  I felt beautiful, fierce, and empowered. I was very comfortable it amazing.

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how did you feel when you saw your images for the first time?

 I was amazed and very excited. I couldn't stop smiling they were all perfect , I couldn't choose just one favorite.

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Has doing a boudoir shoot helped your confidence?

YES it definitely has helped my confidence. Now I feel more comfortable in my own skin, and can embrace myself for who I am.

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It is answers like this, that make me feel like I am making a difference in the lives of women. If I can make a woman hold her head a little higher, feel a little sexier, gain her confidence back OR have confidence in herself for the first time, then I've done my job. 

If you'd like more information about a boudoir photo shoot, lets chat! 

ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER.

At Crave Boudoir, we are inclusive of ALL bodies. 

Bodies with abs, and bodies with jiggly bits. ALL are welcome in my studio, and ALL are important valuable bodies.

There is no one body type that trumps the other. I want to make that clear. 

A woman's body is her choice to do what she wants with. 

If a woman loves working out, that's fine.

If a woman loves tacos, that's fine.

If a woman chooses to have plastic surgery, that's fine.

No one body is better than the other. Our bodies as women ARE SO POWERFUL! Our bodies are our vessels which take us on this adventure called life.

My goal is to make you feel like a damn Queen no matter what your size. I want you to realize that life is NOT ALL ABOUT YOUR BODY!

We are all unique, sexy, beautiful babes. I am so happy to be able to show so many women they are perfect just the way they are. 

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I couldn't muster the confidence to accept my appearance. TORONTO BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER.

There were a lot of reasons why I did my boudoir shoot but one of them was because I have always had insecurities about my looks. Despite the many people that told me I should feel otherwise, I couldn’t muster the confidence to accept my appearance.

I always felt stuck as the awkward 14 year old that didn’t really get noticed by anyone as being beautiful or significant. I always felt a little invisible as silly as it is to say. Doing my boudoir shoot was my way of finally overcoming the negative perception of myself. To finally own “DAMN, GIRL YOU LOOKING DAMN GOOD” and nothing less.  

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Working with Samantha during the shoot really led to the affirmation of my positive perception of myself; that I am confident, feminine, and sexy.

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It is hard to describe the experience other than “transformative” because it really is a personal journey. The emotional and mental aspect of this boudoir shoot is so important to me because if I did not take the physical risk, I don’t think i would feel secure in how I feel and perceive myself.   There is no better feeling than accepting and loving who you are whole heartedly.

It is hard to describe the experience other than “transformative” because it really is a personal journey. The emotional and mental aspect of this boudoir shoot is so important to me because if I did not take the physical risk, I don’t think i would feel secure in how I feel and perceive myself. 

There is no better feeling than accepting and loving who you are whole heartedly.

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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