My Boudoir Photo Shoot was an amazing highlight in my life
Several months ago I was sitting on the couch trying to unwind from a long day...feeling very detached from my 'sexy side', when I came across a model call on Mel Tuft's website. A Boudoir photo shoot was something I have always wanted to do and I felt that my time had arrived. I messaged her without giving it a second thought... without letting those little fears sneak in. The entire process flowed effortlessly. I met with Mel, felt immediately at ease and we both decided I was ready.
When I look back at the snapshot of my life more than a decade ago ~ the time when I was physically in the best shape of my life, somehow I didn't realize or appreciate it. I enjoyed beautiful photographs, but I would never have dreamed of having them taken of myself and being confident enough to show them publicly. During that time the world as I knew it turned upside down when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Suddenly my twenties were not joyous, but painful. I was wrapped up in self pity and anger about missing out on an adult life I hadn't even begun to experience. After almost a year I finally came to terms with the direction my life had taken and I tried my best to harness both my illness and my feelings in order to transform it into one of the most beautiful life lessons I have been given. I appreciate more, I love the little things and suddenly I became aware of my own strength and beauty.
Three and a half years ago I met a great partner and I am ready to embark on the next chapter of my life, Motherhood. I wanted to capture my body and essence as it exists right now, a sort of farewell package to the last chapter of my life. I wanted an amazing photographer and artist with visions, enthusiasm and flare to help me bring this side out ~ I was lucky enough to find Mel. After my initial consult, I was convinced that the boudoir experience was partly for the man in my life ~ it didn't take me long to realize that it was entirely for me.
The Day of the photo shoot I arrived at the studio in the morning with butterflies of excitement. Mel directed me through everything I was supposed to do I felt like a movie star. I thoroughly enjoyed being pampered by Amanda from Beauty Bomb Glam ~ she has an amazing talent for bringing out a woman's natural beauty. We all enjoyed some laughs before the shoot began which definitely put me at ease. I felt beautiful and sexy in the hours I spent with Mel. Her enthusiasm and passion for her work is unlike anyone I've seen. When she took me through the pictures after the shoot I was amazed. I am proud for anyone to see the art we created.
When we are young, it doesn't seem to matter what we do, physically our bodies have the instinct to bounce back. I have found that something happens as we age....as our bodies begin to change, not nearly as forgiving as they once were, but somehow this is the time that our mind and inner wisdom finally catches up and we are able to own ourselves in every aspect.
The question I had to ask myself before the process began...if not now, when? I am now able to hold my album in my hands ~ what an amazing experience this has been.