This is the second shoot I’ve done with Bre. I really relate to her, we both juggle being parents & partners & working, and we both struggle with body image/ worthiness issues.
“Jenna made me comfortable, even though I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. All that melted away when I was in her presence, she made me feel like I was worth shooting.” This is 100% why I shoot boudoir. It’s a terrifying thing to trust a stranger to take intimate photos of you. I didn’t do it for the longest time because I didn’t think I was worth it, I felt like my body type would make the photographer uncomfortable, I felt like the images wouldn’t be ones the photographer wanted use. I relate to not feeling worth it so hard. I want to meet all the people who don’t feel worth it and I want to show them that they are.
I was recovering from a concussion when we shot. I could shoot, but I couldn’t have any screen time, so editing was put off until several months later. The first time I shot Bre she was terrified waiting for her images, I asked her what it was like waiting for the images the second time around. “Surprisingly I was 10 times more nervous, I dreaded seeing them. I was not happy with my body and felt the photos from our shoot would make me more unhappy, I was thankful for how long the second wait was. When I got them I waited three hours to open them in private. Once I opened them I was stunned, and cried, they were beautiful and I enjoyed the look of my body and how powerful they felt. I have shared both shoots as it made me feel empowered to share them. I was so thankful that Jenna saw me in a way that I couldn’t see myself. I see I am beautiful no matter what size I wear, what colour my hair is, if I’m having a good or bad day. I deserve to feel beautiful, even on shitty days.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. You have this engergy and realness that makes the experience amazing. You know what you’re doing and truthfully you’re the only person I trust to get buck naked with and take photos.”
Bre, thanks so much for your kind words, and for being so honest about your expereince.