Rediscovery of Womanhood
I often have women come in for their Boudoir Session who are in transition. Women who are divorcing, separating, becoming new moms, regaining who they are after life with a new child settles a bit, for those who are becoming empty nests, and for those who are transitioning into a period of growth and owning who they are. This session was no exception.
Miss A came into the studio ready to own who she was while also refinding through the process what exactly that means.
During makeup with Leanne Smith, we talked and giggled about men and dating, we spoke about the love of her art and henna, we spoke about all the things that make Miss A her! It was great getting to know her even more than I had already known, this is one of the best parts of my job, getting to truly know and feel who a person is before they even step infront of my camera.
During the session we connected, giggled, and had a lot of fun while bringing out all the aspects that make this multi-faceted woman. It was incredible to watch her be vulnerable and to transform. By the time she left her head was held high and she was most definitely having a little skip in her step.
We sat down to go over her gallery, we talked about accepting one’s self, how to train the brain to view yourself, what steps to take as we work further along this journey, and how to give yourself space to be kind and compassionate to yourself (like you would anyone else). She loved so many images and we created her amazing 10x10 album (which she was floored about when it arrived!)
I am so incredibly honoured and blessed to have captured you Miss A. I look forward to capturing you may more times as I absolutely know this won’t be the last time.
Miss A in her Own Words
What was your #1 motivator in having a boudoir session with me?: I feel as though the last year has been about rediscovering who I am without my son at home any more, and as a single woman. I wanted to capture this success and growth through photography.
How would you describe your session with me?: relaxed, empowering, enlightening
What did you order? Were you happy with the quality of the products?: I ordered digital copies and an album of my images. It’s so amazing and I love it! So amazingly packaged and well made, thank you Shannon, I love it!
Would you recommend having a boudoir session to your friends?: I do and already have! I have told my friends about the amazing experience I had and have recommended Shannon Smith to them. Every person deserves to put themselves first even for just one day, and to have it documented makes it even better.
How often do you look at your images/product?: Daily
Would you do another session with me?: Absolutely I would, I am already thinking about when I can book again!
What are your thoughts about your experience and how it has impacted you: Having had a year of transformation, rediscovery and change, I wanted to celebrate this and mark the occasion. 50 is just over a year away for me and I wanted to embrace where I am right here and right now. What better way than a boudoir session? Not something I would normally do or even consider but I felt it was a perfect way to not only celebrate my progress but also to have this documented. Captured forever as photographs. So, I booked without reservation. Was I nervous before the day arrived? Absolutely. Once I got to the studio though, the nerves were less of a concern to the point of not being an issue.
The session itself was incredible. Never in my wildest dreams would I have been able to achieve the look that the MUA, Leanne applied. I went from wanting to wear my glasses in the session to forgetting I had glasses at all. I usually hide behind them rather effectively and shocked myself a little by wanting to leave them behind. Once I saw that makeup I was not going to hide behind anything. The client closet is amazing. Shannon picked out items that I would never have tried. The result? She was right, they looked incredible and were flattering. I need to take this gal along next time I go clothes shopping, seriously!
Seeing the images was an incredible journey, bouncing between is that really me to wow, look how great I look. There was a part of me that was reluctant to post the sneak peeks on social media, but I did it anyway. I overcame the thoughts that I was not worthy of posting them to the public to wanting to celebrate the images that captured my journey so effectively. I seriously felt shame and reluctance to celebrate the awesome person that I am and I thank Shannon for being the catalyst that had me jump that self inflicted barrier. Now, I look forward to seeing the images again when my product arrives and I am planning to book again. I just may be addicted to celebrating my own awesome now, Shannon, thank you!