Some people you just know you’re going to click with and Amy was one of those people. I knew as soon as we started chatting on the phone that we would hit it off like old friends. Amy is someone who exudes so much strength and spirit and also someone who had an incredibly interesting story to tell. While I will let her tell some of her own story (below), I will say that her long journey of love, loss, and more recently self-love and acceptance, reminded me how powerfully healing a boudoir session is for so many women.
Enjoy some of Amy’s gallery and interview below…
Q: What made you want to schedule a boudoir session?
A: My purpose for wanting to do a “Sexy Photo Shoot” was the search to see myself differently.
I have spent a lifetime struggling with surgeries and not being able to carry a pregnancy. It made me feel like less of a women.
Q: How did you feel in the days leading up to your session?
A: The days leading up to the shoot had me scared, insecure and emotional. I was sure to cancel.
But something deep inside said “Show up in spite of your fear” “The worst thing that could happen is you don’t show the photos to anyone and the BEST thing is you change the way you see yourself!”
Q: What was the actual session experience like for you?
A: The day of I was excited to not give up on myself, the weather was cold and stormy. It set the mood to share with my photographer and my make-up artist the loss of my husband and all the surgeries that followed. I spoke of always covering my belly and all the scars from surgery until the point that I just stopped sharing the sensual side, until this day. They comforted me on the courage to show this side and away we went. Off into a new way to view myself. I had fun at building the confidence I had only dreamed of. Before I knew it I was comfortable with trying and giggling because I felt sexy. I hadn’t felt that way for a very long time. Before we knew it was time to pack up and head outside. I felt surprisingly excited. We accidentally found the most SPECTACULAR place to shoot. The clouds opened up but stayed to accent the sunrise and I felt truly blessed to be part of the picture perfect scenery.
Q: Did having your boudoir photos taken help shape your ideas about your own self-love and acceptance?
A: Before I knew it ….. I was driving up to see the finished product. I had to fight back tears the whole time. I kept wondering to myself “Why have you been so hard on yourself?” “How could you never know that you are truly beautiful” and not perfect, that was NEVER my goal, but PERFECT in my human condition and beautiful from within shining through….
Q: How do you feel now and would you do it again?
A: For the immediate weeks that followed I quietly viewed my photos over and over again (until I was sure it was me). I will never look at myself the same. Forever I will remember the moment at 52 that I felt BEAUTIFUL in these photos. I will do this again and again and again——-at every moment that I am able!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you— for gifting me with a new way of seeing ME!!