Hey babe! Welcome to Bold & Fierce Boudoir! Chances are that if you’re here then you’re most likely considering booking a boudoir session and we all have our reasons for wanting to do a boudoir session. For some, it might be that you’re about to get married and would love to surprise your special someone with some sexy photos or you recently went through a body transformation, and what other way to celebrate that with professional photos. For others it might be that they need a bit of a confidence boost and wearing intimate clothing is definitely one way to do it. Whatever your reason may be for doing a boudoir shoot hiring a professional can sometimes feel overwhelming and frankly a bit stressful for some when there are so many options available. Connecting with my boudoir babes is what I’m all about and I’d love to share my heart behind boudoir photography and why I’m so passionate about what I do.
I’ve always been passionate about photography in my younger teen years but since we were a low-income family purchasing a camera was a bit out of the question. I used to tear out my favorite images from magazines that inspired me and would organize them all in a binder (this was way before Pinterest was ever invented). Let me note, that I never truly struggled with my body image throughout my teen years. It was mostly in the pre-teens when my body was developing that I first felt quite insecure mostly due to my breasts being small, but I quickly overcame that and never truly felt troubled by my body and how it looked. Fast forward a few years and I gave birth to a gorgeous little girl, Nicole, and I was motivated to find a career that I could pursue all while staying at home mom with my baby. Shortly after doing some research I bought my first camera and photographed literally anything in front of me. That’s when I first discovered boudoir photography and to be honest, I had no idea why anyone wanted photos of themselves in underwear. I wasn’t against the idea I just didn’t understand the concept behind it.
I kept pushing myself to learn everything I could about photography and not long after I was pregnant with my second daughter, Charlotte. That’s when my self-confidence truly hit rock bottom and I was struggling to love my body again. My body changed drastically from the body I knew, I had gained 70 pounds, dealing with hormonal acne, and couldn’t lose the weight no matter what I tried (mostly because I was severely sleep-deprived and felt the need to constantly eat to give me energy). I wasn’t in a great mental state, I was dealing with anxiety, and my motivation for losing weight wasn’t a healthy one either. I wanted to be skinny again and wear my old jeans. I used to hate my body and couldn’t look at myself in the mirror because it felt too hard to look at. Luckily I am blessed to have such an amazing husband who loved me through all of these changes and still considered me beautiful.
As I continued with the unhealthy mental habits and pursuing my career, a few of my brides asked if I could photograph their bridal boudoir session as a wedding gift for their husbands-to-be. I did a few boudoir sessions until I started realizing the beauty that each woman holds within them regardless of their body type, scars, cellulite, or insecurity. I feel in love with the power of boudoir photography and seeing how these women felt after seeing their photos completely transformed my mindset and helped me with accepting my own body. I can’t express enough that taking photos of women helped me in my journey of healing and self-love. I could finally look at myself in the mirror once more and find beauty within myself. I could look at my stomach and not despise it but instead appreciate it for creating and carrying two beautiful lives that I adore. I could feel good again wearing those tight jeans and feel confident even though my body wasn’t “perfect” by society’s standards.
Today, my desire for every woman that walks into my studio is for them to leave feeling confident, sexy, bold, and fierce. I want them to feel like they can conquer the world because they are freaking stunning and the body they have is absolutely beautiful with or without rolls, with or without cellulite, with or without a thigh gap, with or without a big booty. Today I love educating women on the art of being sexy, confident and teaching them that what we see on social media isn’t always the truth. My hope for every Bold & Fierce Babe after a boudoir experience is to never feel the need to compare themselves to anyone else. That they are beautifully created and uniquely gorgeous! It brings me so much joy when I see the reaction on their face when I reveal the images from their session. It brings me joy to see you fall in love with yourself again. It brings me joy when you realize that you are freaking BABE!! I became a boudoir photographer because I’m so passionate about it and empowering women in their journey is what I feel I was born to do. Now that you’ve learned my heart behind my work I would love to get to know you more! Join me in the Bold & Fierce Babe Squad and let’s do this thing!