I had always been self-conscious about my body. I avoided the camera and never did anything that made me feel exposed. So when a friend from my hometown suggested I try a boudoir photo shoot, I was intrigued but also terrified. The thought of posing in lingerie in front of a camera was my worst nightmare.
It took me a good bit of research to find a studio that felt right to me but thankfully I found Elevation Boudoir. Without them, there was no way I could have ever done this.
As the day of the shoot approached, my anxiety grew to an extraordinary level and I was nothing but doubts and fears. What if I looked ridiculous? What if the photos turned out terrible? What if my friends and family judged me for doing something so bold and unconventional?
When I arrived at the studio, I was a bundle of nerves. But Justin and Rachel were so kind and reassuring, and they immediately put me at ease. I knew right then that we would work together to create beautiful, tasteful images that I would feel proud of.
As the shoot got underway Justin gave, in his words his “Pre Flight Speech” and I started to feel more comfortable in my skin. I embraced my curves and let go of my self-consciousness. They posed me in ways that blew my mind by how strong and confident I felt. By the time the shoot was over, I was exhausted but exhilarated. I couldn't wait to see the final images. I left for about an hour and when I returned to see them I was blown away. I looked stunning - confident, radiant, and full of life. The images were tasteful, artistic, and captured me in a way that made me feel beautiful and powerful.
Looking back on the experience, I realized it had been a turning point for me. By facing my fears and embracing the present moment, I had taken a giant step toward growth and self-acceptance. I had learned that sometimes the things that scare us the most can be the things that transform us the most. I felt more alive, more empowered, and more confident than I ever had before.
My boudoir shoot had been a leap of faith, but it had paid off in ways I could have never imagined. It had shown me that by living in the present moment and seizing opportunities, I could achieve immense growth and happiness. Ill be forever thankful for these amazing humans. There’s no way I could have done this or seen these results without them.