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Northern VA Boudoir Photographer | Remember How Smart You Are

I heard this piece of advice recently and I had to share it with you.

Like most people I think, I struggle with self-doubt. It's natural to second-guess ourselves and wonder if we're doing the right thing.

At each step of the way I question:

am I doing the right thing?
is there a better option?
is this worth the struggle?
am I going to make an idiot out of myself?

But - and this is where the advice gets good - 
you're having these thoughts because you've already come SO FAR.

And that didn't happen by accident.

Your life has been a series of successes
(and setbacks for sure, but you've figured your way through those too)

You wouldn't have gotten here if you weren't a smart cookie who knew what she was doing.

I talk a lot about thinking every woman is beautiful (and I genuinely believe that)
But you're smart too. 

Have faith in yourself and know that all the goals you've achieved already, 
happened because you worked out the tough stuff and made shit happen.

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Ms. S's First Look | Northern VA Boudoir Photographer

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Washington DC Boudoir Photographer | You Have Nothing to be Sorry For

"I'm sorry."
Two words, one short sentence, that I hear over and over again.
Not a little a lot.
But a lot a lot.

The words are small, but the meaning behind them is HUGE and not to be underestimated.
I hear it in life, and particularly in the studio.

"I'm sorry, I played soccer last week and have bruises on my legs."
"I'm sorry, I didn't know what to bring so I brought everything and don't know what to wear."
"I'm sorry, can you help me put this on?"
"I'm sorry, I'm not sure I like this one."

The list is endless and could go on and on.

There's a lot that goes into this. I get it.
Society tells women that we're supposed to be deferential and peace-keeping.
Apologies avoid conflict. They cover up confrontation.
They are a way accept blame and beg forgiveness and show respect for authority.

But here's the problem:

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE SORRY FOR.

You are allowed to take up time and space in this universe.
You are allowed to reach out to people for guidance and consultation.
There is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of an expert.
There is nothing wrong with living you life and having preferences and desires.

When I hear these kinds of apologies all I can think is:

Don't be sorry... you play a sport that you enjoy and you're taking care your mind and body.
Don't be sorry... you're planning ahead and covering your bases. I'll help you find your favorite looks.
Don't be sorry... that's impossible to put on without some help, I'm happy to give you a hand.
Don't be sorry... let's find something else that you do love.

There is no fault or blame in any of those things.
I get it. It's habit that I fall into too. 

And don't get me wrong:
If you behave poorly, apologize. But that's not what I'm talking about here.

Try this:
Next time, say "excuse me" or "thank you" instead.
If you need to, replace the apology with appreciation.

"Excuse me, can you help me with this?"
"Thank you for taking the time to go through this with me."
"Thank you, but let's keep looking for something I like more."

No blame. No guilt.
No implication that you did anything wrong.
(because you didn't)

And then try to drop it altogether.
Because sometimes you have to make the world appreciate you.

But for all that's good in the world. don't apologize for existing and taking up space in the world.

Because that's what you are here to do.

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This is 50 | Loudoun County Boudoir Photographer

The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.
~ Ruby Dee

hair: Kirsten Marie Design / makeup: Laura Henderson Makeup


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3 Lies to Stop Telling Yourself | Northern VA Boudoir Photographer

1. I need to lose weight first.

This is first on the list only because I struggle with it myself. Honest truth time - each of my boudoir sessions has come when I've been at my highest weight ever. That's not an easy thing to admit. But you know what happened? I LOVED my images. No matter how much weight I gain or lose, I will always love those images. Because they are me. And they allowed me to see myself and my body the way others do, through a different set of eyes. Because I'm not just my lumps and jiggly parts, I'm also my curves and beauty. And you know what else? Through proper posing and wardrobe, those few extra pounds aren't even noticeable in images.

2. I can't afford it.

No doubt, boudoir is an investment. But you know what? So are you. The things that are most important are those that we anticipate and prepare for. They're the things that we hold on to when they're over and think about to lift us up. And that's exactly what boudoir is. It's an investment in yourself. A way to show off every side of who you are and what you want to be. And you're worth working with someone who knows what they're doing and will give you the experience of a lifetime. 

3. It's selfish and vain to have photos like this of myself.

Stop right there. It's not. It's just not. It's empowering and confidence inspiring. We capture those that we love and value. Our families, our children. Now add yourself to that list. Because you love and value who you are. 

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Bodysuit borrowed from the Studio Wardrobe.


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