Each time i photograph a woman, i learn something deeper about myself, who i was, and who i want to be. Boudoir photography is much more than just giving sexy prints to your significant other. (although what a great way to surprise him too!) It can empower the way you think about yourself. it might be a fleeting moment with some evidence of your session, but it’s about connecting and many times talking through hurts, obstacles, and how you overcame something in your life. I know for myself, i look back and think about how i felt in that moment and it continues to give me a boost of self-confidence, where in my mind i knew i was brilliant, strong, and beautiful. And i can hold onto that session forever.
2017 i had two sessions of myself and did i mention ladies i definitely wasn’t at my “ideal” weight whatever that means. i was me. i was going though hardship and more than anything my mental health was more important than getting to the gym as consistently. i did it because i knew i would look back and appreciate where i was then, where i am now, and some things i overcame along the way.
I remember this session with Ms. M perfectly. we drove together out to the dunes to do beach boudoir and before that day, we had met once. but instantly we started talking about our self-image, relationships, hardships, and encouraging one another. I love those conversations. Ones where you jump into the good stuff and share and get off your chest the things you heart and mind wander about. Things that soon lead to deep breaths and letting go of a few things you knew you were carrying around.
These are just a few of my favorite images from her session. She’s a fabulous, strong, beautiful woman and i’m so thankful to have spent time with her. Though i think she should come visit here in Panama City Beach :)
Makeup by Audrey Hernandez of Serenity Day Spa in Alamogordo, New Mexico.