"What makes you vulnerable, makes you beautiful" -Brene Brown
This beautiful woman right here is in this journey right now. Practicing the art of vulnerabilty. Hearing her journey during our consultation touched my heart so much! She is one of the most selfless women I have ever met. Not only is she the general manager of an emergency vet with a heart of gold, but she is a huge caretaker in her family. She has stepped up to be Aunt of the Year to her nieces and nephews and ultimate caretaker to parents and grandparents. She carries heavy burdens, not always taking care of herself, or slowing down. She is the woman everyone goes to when they need something done and when you are the woman everyone turns to you have to be strong for them.
Luckily her co-worker and client of mine intrigued her interests in a boudoir shoot when showing off her own boudoir products. Being the woman always in charge and responsible for everything, she was really looking forward to letting loose and allowing someone else direct her.
"I am a strong, smart, boss of many who tells people what to do and how to do it on the daily, so being vulnerable and being told what to do is not normal for me"
She said no to her insecurities and booked before she could talk herself out of it! She said YES to an experience that was freeing and humbling and allowed her to finally do something for herself! During her consult, we discussed what beautiful meant to her. We discussed what a strong, intelligent woman her mother was and how she always thought how beautiful it made her seem. Notice that she only spoke about her mother when she thought of the word beauty, and not herserlf.
"Ok, raised strictly catholic, am a tomboy, very clumsy, a sturdy girl and fairly conservative in how I dress and what I am comfortable showing. For whatever reason, despite it being completely out of character for me, I reached out to Laura.
Miss S was ready for something! Something in the back of her mind called her to reach out and open up. She really wanted to capture her Hispanic and Native American heritage, really encapsulating her family and where she comes from. She also wanted to convey the imperfection of it all - to embrace the messy and the dirt of the earth.
"My preference on boudoir wasn't to be sultry or sexy, it was about vulnerability, they ended up looking sexy when my guard was lowered."
After her outdoor boudoir shoot, Miss S found beauty in herself. An experience she never expected! How could she have never seen it before! That smile! She was an absolute blast and that smile made her absoultely breath taking!
"I still didn't feel like this was me but something was scratching in the back of my head to explore this a little. I am a strong, smart, boss of many who tells people what to do and how to do it on the daily, so being vulnerable and being told what to do is not normal for me. We booked it before I had a chance to talk myself out of it and just did the shoot 3 days ago. I felt and looked not like myself. I was outside of my body doing something that made me uncomfortable and Laura made me feel like all I had to do was take a breath every few moments to relax and suddenly, I was a pro. She chanced being snake bit in the long grassy field and had stickers all over her shoes and jeans by the end of it. But what a humbling and freeing experience."
This was my favorite part of Miss S testimonial! That she didn't even need to see her images to get what she needed from the experience! YES! I love it!
"I haven't seen the photos yet and, honestly, I don't know if I need to see them to get what I need from the experience. I pushed past some mental boundaries to do something for me when life is nuts, to remember a time in my life when things aren't as perky as they used to be, my hair has a lot of gray in it and I have a lot of scars. I did it and Laura was perfect for it. Do it when you need to lose a little control."Add
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"Growth doesn't happen in an instant, it's a "before, during and after" process. To see something brought out in a photograph that seemed to be something I've only felt from my heritage and what I know makes up my DNA is surreal and beautiful. My preference on boudoir wasn't to be sultry or sexy, it was about vulnerability, they ended up looking sexy when my guard was lowered. How about them apples? Who knows what the next life challenge will be and how it will change me."