As a Boudoir photographer, one of the questions I get asked the most is, "Daphne, have you had a boudoir portrait session?" And I say, YOU BET I HAVE! How can I spend every day, all day, telling beautiful women how much it's going to change your life if I can't speak from the amazing experience I had at my own Boudoir Session.
That's ME - standing there in the hot sun, wearing beautiful lingerie, from Adore me (my favorite place), wearing the couture pink angel wings for the very first time, in Austin, Texas. Last October, I decided to Woman up. I left all my excuses at the door and got in front of the camera for my very own Boudoir Portrait Experience.
I had every excuse in the world not to do it. Things like, I wasn't as prepared as I make sure my ladies are. And this lingerie is new - I literally popped the tags off at the shoot, I'm not sure it will photograph well. She won't know how to pose me so I don't look fat. The light outside will make me look old. I didn't get my nails done. Seriously, I could keep going. But I got out of my head and I pushed forward with trust and love AND then she helped me see myself. The me that's always there looking back from the Mirror. I didn't recognize her. And once you see her again, you will NEVER go back. Do I still see my Mom belly, those stretch marks, a grey hair or a wrinkle? Yeah, I do. I'm Human. I know they are there. But when those voices try to sneak into my head, I can shut them down and see past those voice to the real me - One HOT Momma.
For the first time in my entire life, I felt amazing. It's a feeling that I'll NEVER forget. I was free from all the terrible things I've told myself and let myself believe since I was a young girl. I was free to be jiggly, to have a wrinkle or a grey hair. I was free to laugh at myself. Free to love myself as I am. Exactly as I am. I was enough. I finally felt like I was enough. I will never forget that day in Austin, Texas. It was the day I knew in my soul that I was perfect exactly as I am.
When I have a bad day, I look at these portraits. And I'm reminded that GOD made this beautiful woman that looks back at ME in the mirror. He put me here to be brave and to do bold things. I'm reminded that I'm enough and that I'm unstoppable. That energy has always been inside me hiding in the shadows of growing this business, being an amazing Mom, trying to be a great wife and juggling the other thousand things we all juggle each and every day. I know you're juggling them too.
This was also the first day that I fell in LOVE with the couture Angel Wings. After my session, I asked - "How much are these wings?" She said, "$2k" And I knew that I had to have them. Within two weeks back from Austin, I ordered them and expedited them to be here in South Alabama in time for my 44th Birthday. What an amazing gift! I always give myself a very thoughtful birthday gift. But THIS gift I get to share with you when you come into the studio. They are so much fun to wear.
The right time to book a Boudoir session is different for everyone. The reason I did mine may not be the same reason you do yours. Reasons I hear from local women just like you at the studio are things like:
It's my Birthday
It's my Anniversary
It's my significant other's Birthday
I'm getting Married
I'm getting Divorced
I just hit my Fitness Goal
I'm down in the dumps
I've just been dumped
I've been locked in a house with my family for two months
No matter your reason, I will make your boudoir session amazing. I will work hard to make sure you feel comfortable, worthy and valued.