Ever wonder why people decide to do a boudoir shoot? Many assume, it’s always a wedding gift. However, even if the initial reason is for a gift, it quickly becomes so much more than that!
Boudoir sessions are an intimate affair, a deep exploration of oneself, and above all an appreciation for one’s body. This may sound intimidating at first, but honestly it isn't! This acceptance is not a forced process during a shoot and everyone gets there in their own way and at their own pace. Of course everybody starts out nervous in front of the camera, which is completely normal, but trust me that fades fast!
I started shooting boudoir to spread the simple message of self love. With today’s obsession of online perfection, it is easy to start comparing yourself to strangers on the internet. We constantly live with this idea that we are not enough. We need to buy this outfit, have this type of home, have a flat stomach, or drive a certain type of car to be enough. But the truth is once you get there, you still find someone who appears to have more than you and the cycle begins again. No matter what we do, we are left chasing this impossible hope of arriving at perfection.
That is why I want to be the gentle whisper among all the noise letting you know that YOU are enough. You are exactly where and what you are supposed to be at this moment. Let's not spend time on being perfect; rather, let's focus on being real.
My favorite moment during any shoot is when the woman lets go and her true self takes shape. That moment when her confidence peeks, and she is appreciating her own body.Over the years I have heard many of my clients tell me that they could not stand to see themselves naked, had lost their sex drive, or were close to separating from their partners due to a lack of connection. Of course boudoir is not a quick fix for all of these situations, but it is a step in the right direction. It encourages you to step outside of your comfort zone (where amazing things happen by the way!) and see yourself in a new light.
A recent client of mine told me that after her shoot, she and her husband felt like they were just meeting again. They had previously gone through some rough years and were contemplating separating. She came in for her shoot wanting to feel good about herself. After seeing her images, she told me that a lot of the issues her and her husband were having made sense now. If she had no desire to sleep with herself, why would he
If boudoir is something you have thought about, been intrigued by, or been a bucket list item, then let's get together for a cup of coffee (or tea in my case!) and chat! I want to help take away any hesitation or questions you may have about embarking on this type of journey. This is completely an open invitation, and I understand we all have busy lives, but taking a moment to love and honor ourselves should become more of a common thing.
So let's sit together, let's chat, let's be friends :)
Annika Roser is the owner and photographer of Ma Cherie Studios. Her studio was awarded with the Best Of Weddings by The Knot for 2016.
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Three women going through life.