"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful..."
That's one of my most favorite quotes, and one I believe in with all my heart after watching so many gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes step in front of my lens. I've watched them time after time let go of their fears, insecurities, imperfections and self-doubt, and instead choose to embrace and celebrate their beauty, their strength, their individuality and their femininity as a woman.
These women are just like you and me...they're wives, mothers, daughters. They work hard at keeping their jobs, their homes and their families running like clockwork. It's exhausting. And it's easy to get yourself lost in all of that. To let it pile up on you and bury who you are at your core. I can relate because I've felt that a lot in my life, and it doesn't get easier as you get older. Life is hard ladies!
So I decided it was time for me to put my money where my mouth is. Yes, I stepped to the other side of the camera for a day and it was exhilarating. I was so excited to finally see my images last week from the uber amazing Agnes Fohn of Yellow Brick Collective, NYC.
Agnes is not only a dear friend, but an incredibly talented fellow boudoir photographer, so when I decided to step IN FRONT of the camera, I put myself in Agnes' ever so talented hands with complete trust and faith. I haven't regretted it for a second, in fact it was hands-down one of the most incredible, empowering experiences of my life and I can't wait to do it again!
I can now proudly say, this is what almost 50 looks like. And you know what ladies, it looks good! And if feels damn good! A day of feeling pampered, of feeling rock-star gorgeous and special does wonders for how you feel about yourself. I can now personally attest to that from my own experience on THAT side of the lens.
But let me let you in on the big secret...it's a feeling that continues on long after your photo session is over. You'll think about yourself differently, you'll have that little extra spark and confidence whether you're getting ready for a big presentation at work, rushing the kids around to soccer practice, or getting undressed with your honey in the room after a long day (I don't make a beeline to hide under the covers anymore!).
Now, when I'm having a particularly trying day...a day so busy with taking care of kids, clients and the ten thousand other obligations that have piled on me that I suddenly realize I haven't even managed to get a shower today, much less do anything else for ME...I pop into that folder of pictures and it reminds me that she's still here, that beautiful woman inside me just below the surface, she hasn't gone away, she's there for me to reconnect to any time I need. And that's a good feeling, especially on a crappy day.
So...for all of you who've been asking when I was going to share MY images, here you go!! And for all of you who are on the fence about doing one of these amazing photo sessions I highly encourage you to DO IT, whether it's with me or any other fabulous photographer out there. Just do your homework when you're researching your photographer and make sure they are the right match for you...if they are, you'll have the experience of a lifetime!