“I love getting my photo taken. My sister is a photographer so I have experience with different styles of photography except boudoir. I have had many challenges with my weight and feeling insecure so I thought I would try a boudoir photo shoot to get myself out of my comfort zone and boost my confidence. I also thought it’d be a great wedding gift for my fiance.

I was definitely nervous going into my photo shoot. I wasn’t sure if the outfits I brought would look sexy on my body type and if they would look good in the photos. I was mostly nervous about the poses since I’ve never done anything like this before but Jennifer guided me through everything and made the shoot flow seamlessly.

I am very glad I decided to do this. I really enjoyed getting the photos taken and I feel like it boosted my confidence. I now have proof that I am sexy and can’t wait to show off the photos!
Both Jennifer and Kelly were easy to talk to and excited about the shoot, you can tell they love what they do. I would highly recommend getting a boudoir photo shoot done by them.”

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“When I first got engaged I started hearing about boudoir sessions and saw pictures all over wedding blogs and thought “that’s so awesome, I wish I could do that”. I didn’t think I was brave enough, or daring enough, or sexy enough, even. But one day on a whim I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and just go for it! I owed it to myself as a reward for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and I knew that my fiancé would be totally shocked – in the very best way possible.

After a bit of shopping around for Vancouver boudoir photographers, I was immediately drawn to Jennifer’s style – there was no comparison. With the recent work shared on the website, I was able to get an excellent idea of what I would look like and what the final product would be, and I knew that was what I wanted. All the glowing reviews on the website were the final persuasion.

I was a little bit nervous, but mostly excited! I remember thinking that it would be difficult to relax when sitting stiffly in lingerie (worrying that a boob would pop out!) and stumbling around in high heels, but once we got into it, it was surprisingly easy. I loved the hair and makeup – it was really fun getting glamorous with Kelly. She made me feel my very best, which makes it very easy to warm up to the camera. The makeup was sexy and beautiful, and it lasted literally all day long.

To anyone considering a boudoir shoot – you’ve gotta do it! It was an amazing, liberating experience. When the hair and makeup is done and you’re all dressed up in some of the sexiest outfits you’ve ever owned, you really start to feel like a million bucks! It’s kind of shocking how your inhibitions leave you once the posing starts and suddenly you feel like a Victoria’s Secret supermodel! Not to mention that Jennifer and Kelly are great. We were chatting and giggling away, it felt like I was spending the afternoon with a bunch of girlfriends. So much fun!”

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Today I am sharing images I took of myself.

My journey of self love and acceptance has always been in motion, however there has been a big shift in my life over the last 6 months. It hasn’t been easy, but I’ve chosen the path I’m on and have decided to focus on, and surround myself with, happiness and positive energy.  This includes the thoughts in my head when I look in the mirror.  As a result, I’m smiling more, sleeping better, and have lost a total of 30lbs. I feel great. For the first time (maybe ever), I feel happy with the way I look. When I look in the mirror I think, ‘Hey, I look pretty good today’, instead of “Wow I look like shit and need to lose weight”.

Getting to this place has not been easy, especially since I work with women every single day. We all have this insane (self imposed?) pressure to be perfect. Always a spot that could be thinner, more perky, less textured.  There have been times where someone has told me she feels ‘chunky’, when she clearly has defined abs. Seriously?  We regularly get emails from potential clients saying things like “I have cellulite, but none of the girls on your site do, can I still have a boudoir session?” or “I need to lose 10lbs, can I still do a shoot?”. I realize that this is my fault.

I take full responsibility for leading people to believe that this ‘perfection’ exists. I’m here to say that it doesn’t, but there IS something called Photoshop.

During the editing process, I clean up under the eyes, remove blemishes, soften fine lines and will smooth out skin texture. I will also use Photoshop to manipulate lines, which means defining the waist, slimming arms, tucking in little bulges and rounding out the bum. I push pixels around so that women will be happy with the way they look.

What if we were already happy with the way we look?

I decided that if I want to see this change happen, then I have to stand up and participate. Be brave and inspire others to gather that bravery for themselves.

So I’m sharing images I took of myself this past weekend, using a tripod, remote control and a mannequin to stand in for setting the focus point. This was a fun exercise for me and got to laugh at myself a bit, mostly because of all the steps involved and trying to hide the remote and ‘look sexy’ at the same time haha! I think now this will be a regular practice for me as I found it truly inspiring to try new things and not be afraid to fail.

I will let you know that I have done blemish removal and a light skin smoothing on these images. The camera can exaggerate skin texture and pores so I have retouched these to reflect what I think the human eye actually would see. I’ve left my shape as-is, because, hey, I’ve got curves and I like them. I will admit though, even though I am happy in my skin, it was physically uncomfortable for me to not photoshop my images to make myself appear thinner, more ‘perfect’. How messed up is that?! I’m still trying to decide if this is because it’s a habit because of my work or if it’s because I am afraid of being judged.

So, here I am anyway. I hope this gives you even just a smidge of inspiration to work on showing yourself the love you deserve.

xo
J

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We did a super sexy shoot with our client, miss C, and here’s what she had to say about her experience:

“My shoot was a blast and both you gorgeous girls made me feel and look so great!!
Anyone considering doing a boudoir shoot should just do it! It was so awesome to shoot with Jennifer!”

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