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Northern VA Boudoir Photographer | Instincts

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you;
it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” 

― Adrienne Rich

hair & makeup: Beauty by Sue


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Currently booking boudoir clients throughout the Washington DC and Northern VA area.
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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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Negative Self-Talk | Northern VA Boudoir Photographer

I need to take time out from the usual sexy-photo-sharing-time to address this.

I talk to a lot of women about boudoir.
Women who contact me for a session.
Friends who are curious.
Fellow photographers who want to understand what it's all about.

You know what I hear most?
That seems so AMAZING but I could never do it myself because of my thighs...
... because I'm so awkward
... because I'm not sexy at all
... because I weigh too much.

Listen up because I'm only going to write this post once and then I'm going to send it to every person who says this to me:
That is complete and utter bullshit.

If you want your own boudoir experience
- and I think you do because you're reading this -
the only thing that's holding you back right now is your brain.

It's not about your thighs.
Or your size.
Or that you're not graceful.

You can do anything you want to. 
You're an adult. 
That's one of the perks.
(along with getting to eat ice cream for breakfast every once in awhile)

When you say those things to me, what I hear is I'm nervous and I'm scared.

And being nervous is fine.
I haven't met a single woman for a session who isn't at least a little bit nervous.

The problem is the way you talk about yourself.
Because you're beautiful.
And awesome.
And strong.

Be kind to yourself.

Negative thoughts have a way of taking hold.
Even ones said to be funny or modest.
They creep in. 
Permeate. 

We begin to believe them.

So when you're in my studio, 
no negative self-talk is allowed.
You've done the work.
You've conquered your nerves.
Pushed through your fears.

Now it's time to unleash the you that you are always trying to hide.
The one that wants to enjoy herself.
The one that wants to be daring and bold.
Even if just for a few hours,

Let's be badasses together.

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Ms. S's Session Part I | Northern VA Boudoir Photographer

this is the beginning of anything you want


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Currently booking boudoir clients throughout the Washington DC and Northern VA area.
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