Like so many women, I don’t have the best self-image. I do have my moments though – those rare times when I look in the mirror and I feel quite lovely…at least until I come across a poorly-angled picture of me on Facebook. Then the shame I have in my body is staggering.
Fast forward to last spring when, in the midst of my personal journey AND wedding planning, I decided to enter a contest for a boudoir session with Abigail Gingerale Photography (whom we already fell in love with and chose as our wedding photographers). Well, I won! I intended for it to be a wedding present to my husband, but it ended up being a gift to myself as well.
I was incredibly nervous in the weeks leading up to my shoot, but Abigail was always available to talk me through my nerves and help me prepare. When the day came, I was calm, happy, and ready!
I did my second boudoir photo shoot 2 weeks ago, and this time I did it for me. Just because. Once again, Abigail gave me an accurate reflection of myself – a beautiful, SEXY woman! Oh, and did I mention- Abigail hadn’t Photoshopped a thing about me.
I’ve fallen in love with Boudoir! When I flip through my albums, I find myself smiling and tearing up at the overwhelming feelings of self-love – feelings I didn’t experience before my photo shoots! So maybe in some way I have been given a cure, because these experiences are opening my eyes to what I already knew: it doesn’t matter how society sees me, it’s about how I choose see myself. I can’t wait for my next boudoir shoot, and the next, and the next.