Today’s blog babe has a special piece of my heart. When Miss A came in for her boudoir session, she was a bundle of nerves and excitement (as is the usual), so we jumped right into hair+makeup; once she mentioned she’s a busy mom with little ones at home, I knew this quiet time to be pampered with full hair, makeup, and stimulating conversation void of the word “mommy,” would basically be invaluable. One of the first things she said to me was, “I just have to let you know that I love your VIP facebook group and how inspiring and uplifting everyone is. What an awesome community of seriously beautiful women - I wish the real world was like that!”
So, babe, let’s explore the importance of surrounding yourself a TRIBE. You know, those invaluable gals who are constantly rooting for you, who are on your team, who build you up consistently and love you unconditionally. We all like to think our crew is fresh out of an episode of “Sex and the City,” right? But we’ve all been a part of a friendship that begins waver in the natural ebb and flow between high peaks and the low valleys. We as women are societally under-appreciated and definitely under-celebrated, so it makes sense that we will surround ourselves in the moment, with those we believe will show us the reinforcement we crave. Often, we’re so eager to find someone to cheer us on in the high moments, that once we fall from grace, it’s hard to find a truly compassionate female soul to just listen, relate, and genuinely love us when we’re in our lows; on the other side of the same coin, while we are in our low valleys, it can be tough to be that cheerleader for a friend who is soaring on a ‘high.’ That can be some seriously hard work - I know I definitely struggle with it. So how do we grow? How do we love others best?
By practicing self love. One thing I’ve learned is that in order to be the best honest, authentic, compassionate, loyal cheerleader and shoulder to cry on for the women who matter most to you is to BE THAT FOR YOURSELF. Read that again.
Miss A’s gallery is such an inspiration to me; through her session, we laughed, got creative with my dying house plants (you’ll see), and all along, I was posing her from head to toe and bragging about how incredible she looked every step of the way. In looking through and editing her images, I took my time to take in the visible transformation in her vulnerability, openness, and confidence - and I’m SO. FREAKING. PROUD. of the way that she walked away feeling like more of an advocate, a cheerleader, for herself. Read more about what she had to say about her empowering boudoir experience below —
“I decided to book this session because I needed a reminder of how beautiful I am. I was completely broken and rebuilding when I booked, and I never thought I would be comfortable in my own skin again. Every once in a while, especially after being broken, we need a self reminder that we are beautiful and to be comfortable in our own skin. I chose Boudoir by Brittnie Price because I love the real ness of her portfolio. I love that you see the true woman in her work and not a photoshopped ideal image.”
“My biggest fear was not being as pretty as all the other people pictured on her site. That fear was smacked down the moment I walked through the door. I felt so comfortable and beautiful as soon as Brittnie greeted me. Her work with natural lighting is not only amazing, but even more, her personality brings so much empowerment through the entire experience and she never once made me feel judged or not enough. If there was any doubt you wouldn’t feel beautiful or comfortable, you have to choose her. She is one of the most down to earth and honest woman I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.”
“My favorite part was definitely remembering the way Brittnie helped me feel during my shoot. The pictures are so gorgeous, but I the memories I created during the process are seriously priceless to me. I can look at a photo and imagine and remember how happy I was to be half naked with a flower in my mouth or how much we laughed while I learned to be comfortable with leaves over my nipples. I love all the emotion.”
“After my session, I definitely feel more comfortable being naked, haha! The biggest change for me was that I was around someone who reinforced that I am who I am. I am a strong beautiful soul that can feel comfortable without anyone else’s approval. I am so, SO glad I took the leap. I’m far from fully back together, but this whole experience has definitely helped me.”