I did something I’ve never done, it was completely on a whim. The thought literally came to me one minute before it was posted on Facebook, and the messages and comments began. I asked for someone to be my boudoir model; someone who would be completely okay with their photos going public and being used in marketing materials; and, someone that reflects my average client. In return that lovely lady would receive a free boudoir session.
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the response, I had no idea the post would attract so much interest. Although, I hadn’t asked for personal stories, they started pouring in. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea how I was going to choose. How could I choose between stories of low self confidence and weight loss journeys? What scale or grading system could possibly be used to measure such things? And, did I even want to be the judge of that at all? My husband tells me that I overthink everything. Maybe I do. I knew that no matter what I decided I would offend someone and I did, negative messages were private messaged to my Facebook page. It bummed me out. My husband tells me that I can’t please everyone. I think there’s no harm in trying.
Alas, I made a decision. One woman commented simply stating her age and the ages of her two children. I creeped her Facebook page. Her cover photo stated “Just in case no one told you today…You are good enough”. Something kept pulling me back to her, I wasn’t sure why, but I went with it.
She showed up with her 20 year old daughter for support, a story that broke my heart, and a spirit that absolutely moved me. The question of why I was drawn to her was answered. She needed this, she deserved this and the universe brought us together to make sure it happened.
On your journey to self love, a boudoir session may be the beginning, somewhere in the middle, or it may be a celebration of allowing yourself to love yourself fearlessly and fiercely! The most important thing is that you remind yourself everyday that you are worth it – the universe will take care of the rest. xoSpecial thanks to two wonderful ladies who always make our girls look and feel amazing in the “getting ready room”…
Hair: Mel Houston
Makeup: Angela Dean
Chrystal Stringer | Edmonton Boudoir Photographer
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