I may be the Queen of Selfies, (stay tuned for my upcoming Selfie Tip 2020 Series), but getting bare bones, full on photo shoot in my skimpies isn’t easy for me either. You’re probably all like “whaaaaaat”? And I’m all like “I know, right”?! I understand that this may just make me a walking, talking oxymoron. But that’s actually completely okay because all that means is that I get it. I understand THE FEAR first hand. And I’m here to tell you that it’s completely NORMAL and absolutely OKAY. I PROMISE.
The idea of being the subject matter for my very own Boudoir shoot is SUPER exciting. I mean seriously…I get to try out all the hot poses I’ve been photographing, go shopping for super sexy lingerie and then prance around in said super sexy lingerie and execute said hot poses in front of a photographer. Yes! Awesome!
This past fall I realized that it had been FIVE years since my last official Boudoir shoot, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s just not OK. So I reached out to my dear friend and Wedding Photographer extraordinaire , Jill Schwarzkopf of Realities Photography, (whom I had already planned on trading Headshot shoots with), and shared my desire to do Boudoir instead during our time together. Not only was it due time for me to be put in my client’s position, but Christmas was coming and I really wanted to create an extra special gift for my Man. She was thrilled!
I schedule makeup with my super talented MUA, Jessica Britt Hensley. She was trilled!
I was thrilled! How exhilarating!!
But shortly after, the exhilaration wore off and something else happened…my head started spinning with allllll the thoughts…”What did I just do?….What was I thinking?….I need to hit the gym. NOW!….What will I wear?….Maybe I should postpone…Omg. She’s going to see my cellulite….Will Nick even like the pictures?…..More importantly, will I even like the pictures?….I need to hit the gym. NOW!….”
It’s madness. Complete madness.
And above all, COMPLETELY unnecessary.
I got my outfits together, I laid out my poses and did the damn thing. And guess what? It WAS exhilarating! I DID feel HOT and SEXY and more importantly, EMPOWERED! And I walked away knowing that I worked it to the best of my ability and no matter what, I felt AMAZING!
Moral of the story, ladies: If a Boudoir Photographer can get over her fear of being photographed, so can you. Life is too short to let our thoughts control us. LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER!!