Thank you so much Laura for sharing your story and experience. A favorite line for me is:
“Don’t wait until you hit the gym a few more times or until your hair grows longer or until anything about your perfect beautiful self gets “better”. The lesson is YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL NOW.”
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I had been seeing advertisements for Boudoir popping up around facebook and such and it was immediately something that piqued my interest. I have been on a journey toward loving my body for a long time, with varying levels of “success” throughout the years. One thing that I always found helpful in that process was seeking out beautiful images of beautiful women whose bodies look different than the kinds of female bodies we are inundated with in media- tall and slender, with perfect breasts and perfect skin. Those women are undoubtedly beautiful, but we see so much of just that one body type around us all the time in movies and ads that it becomes far too easy for me to forget that its not the only kind of beauty that exists. So as I noticed the Boudoir industry gaining popularity I began following various Facebook and Instagram photographers who had mastered the art of capturing each person’s version of beauty. It was my way of reminding myself that every woman has beauty and sex appeal, including myself. As far as deciding to have a shoot done for myself, it was a thought that excited me right away. I am the kind of person that loves pushing myself to do new things, and generally loves being seen, so the thought of getting behind the camera and becoming a work of art was instantly thrilling. I did find the price to be somewhat inhibitive (and I didn’t realize at the time what a valuable investment it would be), but when I saw that Nomi was offering a pretty amazing sale I decided that was the time to jump on it!
The experience felt like landing in a safe haven with this beautiful goddess energy. Upon my arrival, Nomi took the time to get to know me and my story a little bit. At the time that I booked the shoot I had been in a long term relationship for 3 years, but by the time my shoot date arrived, the relationship had ended, so my heart was very fragile at that moment. I felt safe enough to shed some tears with Nomi (prior to applying eye makeup of course) and it felt like a necessary clearing so that I could create space for a new chapter in my life.. One that could be fun and sexy and confident and independent. It was certainly helpful to get the movie star treatment, with the most skillfully done hair and makeup I have ever experienced. The beauty expert listened to what I wanted, and DELIVERED! I looked and felt like myself, my NATURAL self which was important to me, but at the same time my features were highlighted in a way that made me feel like I shined. This theme of capturing natural beauty continued throughout the whole shoot. I had been so nervous that I would look or feel awkward, because “sexy” isn’t something that comes particularly naturally to me. But Nomi took all the guesswork out of it- from the moment that she snapped the first photo and showed me the image preview, I was smiling from ear to ear.. It was like she was introducing me to this gorgeous woman that I never knew I was. It changed everything. And as for the rest of the shoot, what’s not to love??? I got to play dress up in gorgeous, fiercely sexy clothes with Nomi’s expert input guiding me the whole way. I felt beautiful and special and free- it was the quickest hour of my life! I could have happily stayed in front of that camera posing in that gorgeous room for hours on end!
I would say WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? I’ve been talking to all my girlfriends, trying to encourage them to consider something like this for themselves. It is the greatest gift you could ever give yourself.. To see yourself the way your boyfriend or husband or lover may see you, to see yourself as a work of art, to look at yourself and see all the things that make you beautiful instead of your eye immediately jumping to everything that looks “wrong”. My advice is: don’t wait until you lose another 20 pounds.. Don’t wait until you hit the gym a few more times or until your hair grows longer or until anything about your perfect beautiful self gets “better”. The lesson is YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL NOW. The art of what Nomi does is that she can capture that beauty and reflect it back to you in a way you have never seen before.
What was your favorite part of the shoot?
I loved the whole thing from beginning to end, but I think my favorite part was getting dressed up and seeing those little preview shots after each outfit change. The surprise of seeing myself captured so beautifully never wore off and made the experience of posing absolutely joyful and FUN!!
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