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June 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Miss A's Boudoir Story

This one right here….THIS ONE had me crying and goosebumping and rejoicing in this path of work I’ve chosen for myself. She is nothing but kind and sweet and trusting….but I knew that she was going to be a hard sell on loving photos of herself. The woman standing in front of me was beautiful and funny and INCREDIBLE. However, my intuitive nature, along with all the words she wasn’t saying, told me that she perhaps was going to have a very difficult time seeing what I see. She’d been through SO much, but I am so honored that she trusted me every step of the way. 

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This is what she has to say about her experience:

LADIES!! Listen up. If you have ever wanted to do a boudoir shoot, but have the excuses that EVERYONE has..... DO IT! You are not too fat, thin, old, saggy, scarred, or anything else. Someone sees you as freaking gorgeous! and in the right light, with the right angles- you can look 🔥🔥🔥🔥.

I was down for 8 months with multiple surgeries scarring my body, unable to care for my kids or even walk. Not even a year later I got pregnant, and had a C-section adding more scars and downtime.

3 years older, 80# heavier, a shit ton of new scars both visible and not my self confidence which was never good to begin with hit rock bottom. All my spare time went to breastfeeding and not into self-care. Not going on dates and dressing up.

I had a chance to go and take pictures, because no way in hell was I going to set this up for myself at this point. I was going to wait until I "got my body back".

I'll be forever greatful for Boudoir by MJCollins Photography for showing me that even at my worst, I can look like this. For showing me what her and my man see, and for giving me my confidence and happiness back. Reminding me what strong and empowered looks like. It's been a month, and I still see myself in a totally different light.

Sometimes doing this "at our worst" is the best thing we can do for ourselves mentally. If you're "shy" bring some champagne and HAVE.A.BLAST. she'll make sure of it!

And notice, it's gorgeous even though I'd have more skin visible in a swimsuit. It doesn't have to be a let's not leave anything to the imagination type thing to be amazing.

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And with that, I’m covered with goosebumps. This is what it’s all about. It’s about opening eyes, gaining self-love, shifting perspectives, and recognizing how incredible YOU are. Thank you SO much, A, for your kindness, your beautiful words, and most importantly for trusting me to give you this experience and these finished products, even when you were unsure, you’d be able to cherish them. I’m over-the-moon that you have the most exquisite collection of images to treasure forever.

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She had seen what I saw, and she was art.

 

 


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