This month, I had the honour of photographing the beautiful Miss A. Her reason for doing a boudoir shoot, was much deeper than just having pretty photos of herself. She is such a strong, beautiful soul. Her shoot was literally life changing. Read on to hear about her experience.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO A BOUDOIR SHOOT?
It was for myself, a form of healing if you will. I've struggled with self image and self esteem all of my adult life. When I was a child, a person I trusted and idolized told me that I was worthless and useless. Those words struck very deep and stayed with me most of my life. As a result I deal with PTSD, depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. The last ten years of my life has been an uphill battle to heal. I've endured a lot and fought my way through physical, sexual and emotional abuse. I've had help through counselling, group therapy, self help, medications, natural therapies, meditations, soul searching and exercise. I can finally say that I love myself and that I am not ashamed of myself. The boudoir shoot was a final step in my healing process. It was my way of letting go and forgiving. I am worthy!
HOW DID YOU FEEL DURING YOUR SHOOT?
At first I was nervous and yet excited at the same time. I couldn't stop talking. However, Samantha's guidance and encouragement made me feel at ease. I started to feel comfortable and at ease. I relaxed about halfway through and then it started to feel natural. Awesome!
HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU SAW YOUR IMAGES FOR THE FIRST TIME?
Breathless and in awe! I totally cried! Watching myself, I felt truly loved and empowered and beautiful all at once! I felt like a woman and so worthy for the first time in my life.
HAS THE PHOTO SHOOT HELPED YOUR CONFIDENCE?
Absolutely! It's the best thing for it! Empowerment brings out our strength and self love. Samantha has this incredible ability to bring it out through the lens of a camera.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND A BOUDOIR PHOTO SHOOT TO OTHER WOMEN?
YES, in a heartbeat! I cannot express how grateful I am to you Samantha, and to your make up artist for doing what you do. It is by far the best thing I have done for myself. I feel empowered and free. Thank you.