Let's Get REAL about Stretch Marks and Your Boudoir Session.
Apr 23, 2020 | By: Daphne Ellenburg
Stretch Marks: Love them or Hate them. We all have them.
Stretch marks do NOT discriminate. They are on Men and Women of every color and race. It's NOT just the Gulf Coast, they are everywhere. So, what the heck are Stretch Marks and why are they such a big deal to so many women? Stretch Marks, also known as Striae - not that anyone ever calls them that when we're talking about Boudoir Portraits. They are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-colored hue. The scaring looks like lines and/or scratches. Over time they can diminish, but they will not completely disappear. Stretch Marks are the caused by tearing of the dermis (your skin) during periods of rapid growth - like during puberty or during pregnancy.
Not everyone is as concerned about stretch marks, solely because everyone has them. It's not a dark secret. Most women have them on the side of your boobs or under your boobs, behind upper arms and the inner thigh. If you have had babies, you have them on your stomach. Stretch marks are like finger prints, no one's look exactly the same. It's just one more thing that makes you YOU.
When prepping for your boudoir shoot at Hello Boudoir, I always ask questions about your body. I like to start by asking what you love about your body and why you love it. And then I lead into what your partner or significant other loves about you. There is always more to love. Love is easy to talk about. With all things equal, if we talk about what you love, you are going to want to chat about what you don't love. 9/10 times, stretch marks always come up. We will talk about where they are and why they bother you and I will assure you that I can help. If you are concerned about Stretch Marks, here's what I can do for you:
1. The truth is, I don't want to change YOU. I don't erase them. (even though I can - Let's be honest, I'm a photoshop rockstar. I can give you a glittered unicorn's horn and a mermaid tail if I wanted to. Trust me, you don't want that.) But I CAN smooth your stretch marks. They will hardly be noticeable - in fact you may not see them at all. You won't be looking for them either. You will be so busy being wow'd by the beautiful woman staring back at you in these boudoir portraits that you will forget to even scan your body for them. I will dazzle you.
2. I can pose you like the professional photographer I am. You will never see them if you don't want to. Posing is my super power. Do not doubt that I can hide them 100%. If that is a huge concern for you, don't worry one bit about it.
3. I can guide your wardrobe choices to help minimize your stretch marks in every shot. If your tummy is full of lines from your beautiful children, the teddy is your best friend. It's a wonderful piece of lingerie. You will never see a stretch mark, even in the sheerest of all the teddies, they will be hidden. If you've never tried a teddy, you are missing out on an amazing experience.
When it comes down to stretch marks and your boudoir session, it's no big deal. In fact, I will say that I have never photographed a woman without a stretch mark. I will take good care of you. You can let go of any worry you have about your stretch marks. I will guide you. We will make good planning decisions together. You will love the way you look at Hello Boudoir.
Are you ready to be photographed for your boudoir session? You can trust the experts my South Alabama team to take excellent care of you.