Left to right: Meghan Pulliam (my beautiful Makeup Artist and trusty sidekick) and I. Photo credit: Micah Mackenzie
This is about to get really personal, so bear with me…
Quite often I am asked what I love most about the work I do. In the beginning of my career I would have, without hesitation, said that I love the fact that I fell into an artistic medium that allows me to feel as creative as I do. I would have also said that I love the way photography has changed the way that I see the world and the people in it. In addition, I would have noted that, as a Mother of three small children, I love the freedom and flexibility I am afforded. While all of these points are very much still true, my answer to that question has been redefined in a way that I never expected but am so very grateful for.
What I love most about my work is the way it has changed me…on the inside. You see, what my beautifully brave clients do not know is that as much as I have helped them to see their beauty, they have helped me to see my own. Through sharing their insecurities and struggles I have been given the gift of being much more accepting of mine. I can honestly say that I never expected that. I just wanted to create beautiful images. I didn’t pursue Beauty and Boudoir Photography to become a more confident, connected and compassionate human being, but that is exactly what has happened.
I believe that women most deeply connect with one another through the sharing of their struggles, insecurities and vulnerabilities because in return we receive the emotional comfort and alternative perspectives that we need. This build us up and ultimately helps us to see the very best version of ourselves. The interesting bit about all of this is that this way of connecting is not limited to close friends and family members. Instead, this is something we do with complete strangers. After all, everyone wants to feel understood and accepted; it really doesn’t matter if this is received from a BFF, random person in the grocery line or your local Boudoir Photographer. We simply crave human connection.
Working one on one with my clients in such an intimate way is a gift that just keeps on giving. So thank you, once again, to each and every one of you. I truly hope you all know how much you move me, influence me and fill me with joy. xo
You are beautiful…let me show you.