"Is That Seriously Me?" - Midtown manhattan | Upper east side | Hudson Square | Centre Island | New York City | West Chester | Hudson Square | New York Boudoir Photographer
Hey babes! I know I usually take this space to chat a bit about the incredible woman whom we’re featuring, but this session was special. I received a message from Jenna, who has so many inspirational things to say about her own self love journey, and I couldn’t think of any better way to show off her gorgeous gallery than to let her speak on the impact of true self love, choosing herself, and her Luxury Boudoir Session on her life.
I booked my session because I wanted to emphasize an unconditional love for myself that I wasn't even 100% sure of before I stepped into the studio.
“I wanted to give love to the little girl in me, who grew up learning that "modest is hottest," that bodies are tempting, and that it's a woman's job to cover up and keep men from lusting after them.
I wanted to give love to the teenager in me, who had spent too many hours changing from one outfit to another, only to step in front of the mirror and to critique myself and think, "this would look so much better on me if my hips were just a bit smaller."
I wanted to give love to the part of me that struggles everyday to be thankful for the body I have - the body that carries me through life, the body that gives great hugs, the body that has helped me experience the joys of swimming in the ocean or hiking in the mountains, and the body that carries all the weight that comes with womanhood. I wanted to book a shoot to proclaim love for my body in every season, at every weight, at every good and bad angle. And - spoiler alert - it was truly transformative.
Trust me, I didn't start off feeling confident. I worried about what to wear, about not being photogenic enough, and about all the carbs I enjoyed that week. But underneath all my worry was a truth that kept me from backing out : my body is mine and no one else's, and it is something to be proud of and thankful for.
As soon as I stepped into the studio, all my anxiety melted off. I was greeted with coffee and smiles and sat down to have my hair and makeup done. The space was so relaxing, and I felt like I could finally take a deep breath. Brittnie and her makeup artist were both so encouraging every step of the way. My makeup looked beautiful, and the shoot was effortless - and fun! I felt GOOD being naked for the first time in a long time. Brittnie cheered me on the entire time, and every once in a while would show me her camera screen so I could see - and HOT DAMN, every photo amazed me.
"Is that seriously me? How do my boobs look that amazing?" I couldn't get over how sexy and confident I felt while I was there. There was something so refreshing about letting myself be naked and unashamed. There was something magical about seeing myself through the lens of someone else. That idea is so much deeper than one boudoir shoot experience and I have carried it with me ever since!
I'm so happy with my photos that I've shown them to strangers at the bar (seriously). You don't have to be that vulnerable - but you DO owe it to yourself to book a shoot and practice your own kind of self-love. You're beautiful and soft and strong, and you deserve unconditional love. Start with giving it to yourself and watch how your life changes!