Thursday, February 14, 2013

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

The absolute best part of shooting boudoir is the reveal.

Watching a woman see herself for the very first's something to behold. It's a process. A journey. From the moment they book their session, to the day of their shoot, to waiting for their images to be finished...conversation is peppered with tiny insecurities. Tiny worries and wonderings about how they did, if the images are alright, what they'll think when they see themselves. You see, for that part of the experience, they only see themselves through the blurry reflection that they've accustomed themselves to. That jarred, unkind, unjust perception of who they think they are and how they're sure the world views them.

And then, the reveal happens.

In case you didn't catch it, a week or so ago on the Hampton Roads Creative, Sarah shared her personal journey with boudoir photography. You can read her post here. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that the images from Sarah's session are the work I am most proud of to date. Being a part of her reveal is singularly one of the most meaningful moments of my artistic journey thus far and her bravery, beauty and candor took my breath away. To say I was honored that she trusted me with such a sacred part of herself doesn't adequately put to words what that meant for me.

Very recently, I booked a boudoir session for myself. It was time for me to challenge myself to walk my own path to my beauty, especially post-twinnies and deep into motherhood and full-time career mode. And honestly, you can't champion the beauty of others without first identifying the beauty in yourself. And as photographers, it's especially important for us to put ourselves in front of the camera purely to be reminded what it feels like. In any genre, it's vital to our success to intimately understand the client psyche so that we can create a workflow and approach that enhances their experience with us. To me, understanding what it means to be a woman, in all of our many facets, is the keystone to my approach; so sitting for my own session and experiencing my own journey was multi-faceted in that my husband got the best Christmas gift ever, I truly reflected and educated myself to my own beauty and I reminded myself of what it feels like to be you. I won't be sharing those images on here...but they just might pop up somewhere else, so keep your eyes peeled. :)

In the meantime, here are some more images from very recent sessions that I love, love, love.

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