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.