As a mother, we are always putting our children before ourselves. The kids need new shoes? Done. Another dress? Bought. However if we need a new bra or shoes, we hold on until it is either holey or so badly stained not even good ole Napisan can remove it.
It is so important to take some me time & look after your self!
I am so proud of Zoey for doing something for herself. Not just any something, something amazing and empowering FOR HER! And she absolutely nailed it!
I ask my clients to fill out a questionnaire after their session. I have heard from so many clients booking in , just how much of a role the answers play when deciding whether or not to book.
So get comfy and read Zoey's take on her session.
Did you have any obstacles or fears about doing this session?
Plenty - body image and self confidence
What made you take the leap of faith to do a boudoir session?
I just held my breath and did it
Did I provide enough pre-session info?
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
Nervous and scared
How did you like working with my team? Did you love your hair & makeup?
Both were amazing and I loved them not only on the day but most importantly in the photos
How would you describe the session? (poses, direction, comfort level, thoughts, FEELINGS)
It was interesting! Haha! Lauren was great with direction as to poses etc. I was obviously very nervous at the start and although never completely at home I did feel better as the shoot progressed.
Was the session different than you expected? If so, how?
It was much like I had expected except I hadn't thought I would end up feeling comfortable.
How did you feel AFTER your session?
Immediately after the session I felt good, but when I seen the sneak peak that night I felt AMAZING!
What was your favorite part?
The sneak peak!
What was your least favorite part?
Feeling like my boobs were going to fall out of the outfits.
Would you ever do another session?
How did you feel when you saw your images?
Amazed that it was me and proud of myself for going through with it. I was a bit in disbelief that I could appear in a finished product like that. My son, who is two, happened to see the sneak peak when I showed my husband and commented: "That's my Mummy." And that was probably the best thing. Yep, I am absolutely a mum and my body still shows impacts from carrying my two children. But I looked okay (well, okay - good!) in those photos!
Did anything change about the way you see yourself after the session?
It made me see that I definitely have good parts of my body and it doesn't need to be perfect. I can still be happy with me.
Do you have any advice for women considering doing a boudoir session?
Do it! Seriously. I was THE most negative person heading into it and I am usually SO positive. I was convinced I was going to break Lauren and even though she is an amazing, amazing photographer and very, very talented that she wouldn't get ones single shot I liked. I narrowed it down to 30 something I LOVED at my reveal! The whole process- being pampered with hair and makeup is awesome. And it is wonderful to have these memories to look back on.
Any final thoughts on your session, or anything you'd like other woman to know?
Seriously - take the plunge and do a shoot. And even if you are really, really nervous and scared - take a breath and do it. It's the best!
What does Boudoir Photography mean?
A boudoir (/ˈbuːdwɑːr/; French: [bu.dwaʁ]) is a woman's private sitting room or salon in a furnished accommodation, usually between the dining room and the bedroom, but can also refer to a woman's private bedroom.
In photography terms, "Boudoir" refers to a style of photography featuring intimate, sensual, romantic and at times, erotic portraits of women (just like you, yes YOU!) in a bedroom or studio environment.
There are varying degrees offered in Boudoir Photography in terms of exposure: Whether you prefer to wear lingerie, sports crops, a jumper and knee highs or go for implied or exposed nude, you will be photographed in tasteful poses that highlight your greatest assets.
Who should do a Boudoir Shoot?
YOU! Haha, no but seriously, you totally should do it!
Boudoir clients are generally not professional models, in fact, here at Pure Beauty Photography; we would prefer no modelling experience and design our portrait sessions for adult women of any shape, size, ability, race or age.
What’s the appeal?
You know, the usual: gift for the partner, fiancé or spouse maybe as a sneaky Wedding, Valentines, Birthday or Anniversary gift. Maybe it will help boost the ole’ sex life. (Well, it will keep them thinking about you all day.)
But you know who really benefits from a boudoir shoot? YOU! Yes YOU!
How often do you put your work/kids/fur babies/partner before yourself? How about doing something purely for your own enjoyment – and trust me, it is SO much FUN!
Empowerment! A lot of my Pure Beauty clients tell me how amazing they feel immediately after their session. That’s before they have even seen their final images!
How exactly is it empowering?
Imagine the pleasure and affirmation of seeing yourself as beautiful, sensual & sexually-desirable... I know, sounds crazy right? It is actually achievable.
Let me tell you a secret: Think back to all those years when society told you to “cover up” and that enjoying sex (for a woman) makes you a s!@#. Well… they were lying to you.
Feeling “sexy” or sexually desirable, Is fucken amazing and makes you a strong, confident woman!
If asked to “look sexy”, most of us wouldn’t even know where to start. Want to know how?
It starts when you give yourself permission to ‘feel’ sexy. It starts with saying “F you” to society’s fucked up way of making women feel undeserving, unworthy & ugly. It starts by accepting your body AND yourself. It starts on the inside.
You CAN do it, you DESERVE to do it, because you my dear, are “Pure Beauty”
Here you will find my featured babes, #wearepurebeauty , as well as some tips for your boudoir shoot- from lingerie shopping to hair and makeup
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Mildura resident and Photographer, Lauren Southwell launched Pure Beauty in late June, 2018 & is committed to helping woman feel beautiful, sexy and empowered through the art of Boudoir Photography.