I got to meet Julie earlier this year. I loved shooting her, it felt easy, effortless. She had had professional portraits done before, but never boudoir photography. How she described her experience made me tear up. It’s hard for me to put into words how grateful I am to have the opportunity to shoot these women, and to have them be so open about what it means to them. This is why I shoot boudoir.
“I was SO nervous before the shoot! Typical insecurities about my naked body, and being in front of a stranger only intensified that. I had the idea in my head that I was going to really clean up my diet and get into better shape before the shoot to look my “best”. But, let’s be real, it was Christmas, it was a wicked cold winter and all I wanted to do was bundle up on the couch with my fave snacks and keep warm. So needless to say my body wasn’t exactly where I wanted it to be when my time to work with Jenna came around, and my anxiety was through the roof.”
“I had a little 5 second freak out in the bathroom while I was undressing, my inner critic tearing me apart at the last minute. And then as soon as I stepped out of the door, all of that just melted away. Jenna was SO calm and cool and easy going, she put on some fun music and really got into it with me! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and she did an amazing job of directing every little detail, right down to what direction to point my toes or place my fingers. It was so freeing. Yes, I was stripped down in front of a complete stranger and bending over into all different positions, but it was not weird at all. No judgement. No shame. Just a hell of a lot of female empowerment going on in that room!”
“I was on a hike with my dog when I got my gallery, and I literally just sat down and cried, I didn’t even recognize myself. I think because I had never been kind enough to myself to look at my features with positivity and compassion. I’ve struggled with eating disorders and body image throughout my adolescence, and recovery is a lifelong journey. Jenna allowed me to see my body through someone else’s perspective, and that has been one of the most healing gifts I’ve ever received. I’m so proud of my body! I still show the images to anyone and everyone I can. ”