Kim's Brand Ambassador Shoot - Mildura Portrait Photographer
Kim has been my OG boudie babe from the very beginning. From the first ideas of starting Pure Beauty Kim has been a driving force of inspiration and support on this journey. It was a no brainer that Kim was going to be one of the faces of my brand and I thank my lucky stars every day I have her. From finding every typo in my writing to coming into the studio at the drop of a hat to try out new things, Kim is there. This absolutely amazing woman kills every shoot she has done with me and just brings so much joy everytime. So all I've got to say now is, when are we shooting again Kim?
Did you have any obstacles or fears about doing this session?
What made you take the leap of faith to do a boudoir session?
This was my Ambassador Shoot, so to say I was excited about this is an understatement!
Did I provide enough pre-session info?
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
A little nervous. I wasn't as well prepared & planned for this shoot as my first & subsequent sessions.
How did you like working with my team? Did you love your hair & makeup?
Mairee always does a brilliant job. She knows what we'll be doing to our hair & what works, & achieves that perfectly. Vee is incredible! She took my wishy washy ideas & exceeded what I was expecting! It was what I wanted but better!
How would you describe the session? (poses, direction, comfort level, thoughts, FEELINGS)
I ALWAYS have a ball in the Studio! I am so comfortable in there & know that Lauren will tell me exactly what she wants & will demonstrate the poses too. She knows what works & what will look incredible in photos, but also allows me to make suggestions, takes onboard what has inspired me & what "look" I'm wanting to achieve. I have to admit that (so much) Reformer Pilates really helped me hold poses for a much longer amount of time & definitely helped me in not feeling as sore the next day from all the arching & being up on my toes!
Was the session different than you expected? If so, how?
We got up on the Roof!!!!! Oh my Goodness! All my wishes came true!!! Lauren & I have been literally dying to get up there for a shoot & the stars aligned & we did! I got my roof shots, I got my stair shots, I got my ladder shots. One very happy woman right here!
How did you feel AFTER your session?
Amazing. Totally on Cloud 9. Desperately waiting to see some sneak peeks! I was very reflective of my session this time - only because I know what to expect & it's not all new to me, but I found that I was smiling well into the night about what we had achieved!
What was your favorite part?
All of it! Not being scared to ask for what I wanted. Not being afraid to make my own decision about what I felt would be best (& throwing those knickers off!) Completely embracing everything we were doing & putting my heart & sole (& booty & boobs) into it!
What was your least favorite part?
The walk from where I parked my car to the Studio - my toes got cold (teach me to wear thongs in ugg boot weather!)
Would you ever do another session?
Hell to the Yeah!!!!
How did you feel when you saw your images?
I've only seen the raw unedited images (with the exception of a few) & I am beyond excited! I can't wait to get my album!
Did anything change about the way you see yourself after the session?
This session has been the culmination of my life being turned upside down & I view all of these images throughout, as reflecting on my journey. I know that I can look at all of these images & I will see & feel the sadness, resilience, strength, confidence & beauty that these past eight months has brought, but most of all, I can see how I have grown over this time, how far I've come & I'm going to always have beautiful memories of all the wonderful people who have been part of this journey & helped & supported me. I see myself as stronger, more self assured, confident, empowered & I have a clearer identity of the person I truly am, & this session really just summed it up perfectly. Oh, & my legs look amazing!!!! (& my boobs & butt & tummy & back & face & arms & neck etc...…)
Do you have any advice for women considering doing a boudoir session?
If you think you would like to do one - Do It! If you wish you could do one - Do It! If you want to do one but are scared - Do It! If you get in your head & tell yourself you're not good enough - Do It!!!! If you're making bullshit excuses why you shouldn't/couldn't/can't/won't do it - Do It!!!! This is not about having a perfect body, This is not about other people's opinions of you, This is not about you feeling guilty! This is about YOU doing something wonderful for YOU! You Deserve it, You are Beautiful, You are Sexy, You are Unique, You are Incredible AND YOU DESERVE TO KNOW IT!
Any final thoughts on your session, or anything you'd like other woman to know?
Lauren is a genius! She is so talented & has studied Boudoir Photography, & she will bring your Inner Goddess out! If you are not confident about a certain part of your body, she will suggest poses that will make you feel comfortable, and you will begin to see your body in a whole new light. This is such a fun experience, and one that you will leave feeling (sore but) amazing, empowered, strong, sexy & ready to take on the world! You will be inspired, you will be confident & those pesky perceptions you have of yourself will begin to dim & disappear & you will see yourself how everyone else sees you......as a Pure Beauty xxx
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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.