Having a healthy relationship with your body is extremely important. However, being comfortable in your own skin is a lot easier said than done.
Meet Angela! She is a mother, wife, writer and blogger.
When Angela first reached out to me, she was very nervous about the shoot which is totally normal. She explained that,
“I have never been comfortable in my own skin…Now, after having triplets, my body is bigger than it ever was and there are many things I dislike about it. The self-image thing is hard for me, but I’m learning to love myself.”
I reassured her that I would walk her through everything so she could leave all the guess work at home. After spending time with Angela, I was very moved with her story and courage to do the session. I asked her if I could interview her about her experience.
Why did you want to do a Boudoir Shoot?
I decided to do this shoot to spread a message of awareness. I wanted to help others, especially moms, feel better about themselves and know that everyone has body image issues. I also thought it’d be a fun way to get over some of my own issues, see myself in a different way, etc.
What do you love about your body?
I love that having triplets gave me bigger breasts. I know, shallow. I also love that I have one dimple that shows on my left cheek when I smile my lopsided smile. I also love how I’ve ‘grown into it’ as I’ve aged.
How did you feel about being semi-naked in front of the camera?
Eh. No biggie. It really wasn’t that big of a deal because we were by ourselves in a private room. Now, in front of an audience, that would have been much different. I was comfortable because I knew I’d have control over which images were shared.
How did you feel after seeing the photos we created?
I loved the photos. I felt confident in them. I liked seeing myself that way – almost in a new light – and it helped me overcome some of my own body-image issues and abuse issues. I learned that others don’t view me the same way as I do myself too, which was interesting.
Who are the photos for?
First and foremost, me. Then for my message (for the blog and my children). And of course the hubby enjoyed them, too.
What did you take away from this experience?
I think for me, I learned that I can be proud of my body as it is. I don’t need to change anything about it – it’s perfect. It’s me. I also learned that your inner self-image, your confidence, will shine through in the way you carry yourself and through your eyes, so no matter what flaws you have, if you exude that confidence and that self-love, your pictures are going to rock.
Makeup by Martha
Thank you, Angela, for the honesty and inspiration! Read more about Angela’s thoughts on her blog.
Do you share some of the same thoughts as Angela? Leave your thoughts below. I would love to hear about them.