What was your favorite part of the entire boudoir experience?
My favorite part about the boudoir experience was once we really started getting in to the picture taking. I was very nervous when we started and a little shy about revealing my body. But once we were a few shots in, Katie really put me at ease and it became fun. Seeing a few shots on the camera only boosted my confidence by seeing that the pics were turning out good. After awhile my shyness went away and I wanted to keep taking pictures!
What was your initial reaction to the images?
I expected that I would not like all of them (of course) but I was AMAZED with how many I did like! I was expecting to maybe like half (because of my own critique of my body and previous photography experiences) but there are only a couple I was not a fan of. I was surprised, proud, and excited how I looked in the pictures.
Any advice for others looking to do a shoot?
I would tell someone who is on the edge to do it. I really don't think they would regret it. I'm so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and did this. For others who have already decided to do it I would say try and think outside the box for outfits and accessories. I was a little stressed out about finding pretty lingerie (it can be more difficult to find when you are a plus size girl) but honestly the pictures i liked the most I was not even wearing the lingerie I bought. I brought a hoodie, what could be less revealing than that! But I really like how they turned out. They were sexy without being revealing at all.
Did anything change about how you see yourself?
I really feel a bit more sexy now. I also feel more photogenic. I'd like to think I can see myself in those pictures through my fiance's eyes. He thinks I'm beautiful and there are times that I can't see it. But seeing those pictures I think maybe that's what he sees in me.
What motivated you to do a boudoir shoot?
I was invited the group and was initially shocked with all the (partially) naked women. I mean, it's not something I generally see on a daily basis. But as I saw the pictures and saw how beautiful the other women looked (after the iniatal shock wore off) and saw all the positive compliments they were getting I was interested. I thought this would be something out of my comfort zone that I would look back on the shoot and be happy I did it. And it is.
After having that situation with the other photographer and not being happy with my engagement pics I was really worried that I wouldn't like these pictures. I saw every flaw in those pictures and was worried that that's the way it was. I was worried that I was not very photogenic because I do weigh so much. For the past few months I've focused on bad pictures and fat shaming with everything happened in the media. And with these pictures being much more revealing, it made me feel more vulnerable. But I was so relieved when I saw my sneak peak and liked them. I was even more relieved when I saw the whole gallery and like so many of them. It really made me happy seeing nice pictures of myself and seeing the difference with a professional photographer behind the lens.
This project was so important to me. We as women feel that we need to live up to the industry standards of beautiful. We are all beautiful. We have scars & stretch marks. We have curly hair & straight hair. We have cellulite or illnesses that may have caused imperfections on our bodies. I am really working towards loving my body again, and I want all other women to love themselves & their bodies also. Our imperfections make us perfect. Our flaws make us who we are. These brave woman are showing you how beautiful they are. I couldn't be prouder of each and every one of them.
"I've finally gotten to a place where I have accepted my flaws, have started to regain my self esteem and am feeling better about myself. I've always wanted to be a part of something like this. I didn't wear any makeup or nail polish . I didn't shave my legs in preparation. I came as me. Simple and naturally me."
" I did this for me, me and only me. My every scar, stretch mark, bruise, my every everything is what has made me who I am today. I got knocked down this year but it is time for me to get back up and fight , fight for me. Why? Because I am worth it."
"I did this for several reasons one because I have lost 130/140lbs over last 3 years. It has been a struggle, not for the fact of just loosing weight but how I got there. Absive relationship always being told I'm ugly, worthless, fat etc.. so this was for me to prove to myself, other women and especially my daughter who is 14 it is ok to be yourself and love the body you have. I am not perfect nor will I ever be. i want to just express myself and be me! "
"Doing this was to accomplish the last issue I had with my body (my stomach) but it is also to have girls look at my pictures and see my body and be like hey her body looks just like mine! If she had the confidence to do this then so can I. I don't want those girls to hide in plain clothes and pass up those cute dresses like I always did. I want them to express themselves through clothing like I wish I did.. I know I'm not a size 2 I'll always be a size me!"
"I feel like there's already enough struggles in everyday life & hate in the world, therefore not loving ourselves for who we are shouldn't be one of them. Our images of ourselves can sometimes be created based on what others think of us, have told us about ourselves or the comparisons we make against others. We aren't in competition with anyone else & allowing others negative comments to have an effect on you is giving them power. No one is perfect & we all need to embrace our flaws. Negativity fuels the brain & creates us to be unhappy & everyone deserves to be happy!"
"As someone who was just above 100lbs in high school through college I got shit for it too. Comments like "don't let the breeze blow you away" or "eat a hamburger" and of course "real women have curves". REAL women are all sizes and need to embrace that. My metabolism wouldn't let me gain weight when I wanted to because I couldn't even give blood. Now I'm finally gaining weight . People still put words in my mouth that I think I'm fat just because I bring up the weight gain. No, I am happy with it. I wanted to be apart of this project as a reminder not to worry about what everyone else thinks. Not to worry about what makes a real woman. Just that I like myself."
"Like all women I have insecurites about my body and have not felt sexy in my own skin in years. It was empowering to be part of a group of women that felt the same way, but decided to participate in the project and face their own insecurites."
"I did the Body Love Project for the empowerment. The moment you find you can love yourself and the skin that comes with it , it consumes you with the power to fully love others despite their shape, size, age or ethnicity. Unconditional empowerment."
It kills me to think that women look at themselves in the mirror & start poking, and pulling. Sucking things in & picking apart every stretch mark, every scar & every "flaw" they see. Women should NEVER base their confidence on their looks alone, but on what makes them, them. I want to help empower every woman I possibly can. I want to help them see how incredible they are. We are strong. We are incredible. We are beautiful.
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