The first time I saw boudoir images, I was sold. I knew that I wanted to get photos taken at some point. I just did not realize that I would finally have the opportunity at the age of 31 after having two kids and a divorce. For the most part, I love my body and everything it has done for me, but I would be lying if I said I was totally happy with it. I was a little nervous about committing, but I decided if I didn’t do it then, I probably never would.
I had known for years who I wanted to shoot my session. I had met Missy years before, on my wedding day, in fact. She had come to help the photographer in capturing my special day. I liked her instantly, so I began following her on facebook. Years later when I started seeing her boudoir images and reading her posts about body positivity, I knew I wanted her to be the one to take my photos. I always put it off, though. There was always a reason: my skin didn’t look good, I wanted to lose 5 more pounds, and the list goes on. I wasn’t sure what to expect, which also made me nervous. I wasn’t sure if I would feel comfortable or if I would know what to do and all those unknowns just fueled my anxiety.
I am so glad I didn’t let my anxiety keep me from booking my session! All of my fears were completely unfounded. From the minute I sat down to get my hair and makeup done, I had an amazing time. As I said, I’m a mom of two, but I also work and am getting my master’s. With all of that going on, I don’t often do things that are just for me, so it was a treat to have someone else doing my hair and makeup. I felt very pampered. Whitney, the stylist, was great. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and I am so glad I told her to do whatever she thought was best. When I looked in the mirror I was completely stunned. I completely loved the work she had done.
I think my favorite thing about my session was how empowered I felt during it. I felt beautiful and sexy. Missy was so positive and encouraging. I shouldn’t have been worried about not knowing what to do, because as soon as I didn’t know, she instructed me and everything was just fine! I think the best part though, is that I still feel as beautiful after my session as I did during it. I told Missy that I had never seen so many photos of myself in a row that I actually liked, (much less loved) and it’s true. I don’t think there’s a single image that I don’t love.
When I showed the photos to my fiance he told me that Missy had captured me the way he sees me every day. As sweet as that is, it’s also super accurate. I feel like these images let me see myself the way that others do. No one is focusing on the parts of me that I don’t like. I am the only one hung up on those “problems.”
When I look at my photos, for once I am not distracted by the things I don’t like about myself and it’s made me realize maybe those things aren’t such a big deal after all.
Would I recommend Melissa?? HELL YES. I am so glad I came to her for this and would wholeheartedly send anyone else who is interested her way. I got so much more out of my session than just beautiful photos. Every woman deserves to feel as beautiful as she is.