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Takin’ Ova Yo Blog

 

As a makeup artist, I’ve been on set for many of Lindsay’s boudoir shoots. I know exactly how things go down. Right before my eyes, I’ve seen so many women transform into the bold and confident women you see in Lindsay’s images right here on this blog. I KNOW that it happens. I’ve heard every woman that has shot with us say “is that ME?!” while they would catch a glimpse of their smokin’ hot selves in the mirror or on the back of Lindsay’s camera.  I know that Lindsay only produces quality, stunning, artistic images. I trust her. But still, while I  stood there in front of the mirror the morning of my white sheet session I thought to myself “What the HELL am I doing?!”. I was only 5 weeks postpartum. Not only did my entire body feel foreign to me in it’s new shape but so did my mind.

Who was I? I knew that I was no longer the girl I was prior to giving birth to my daughter and that terrified me. If I wasn’t her anymore, who did that make me now? Regardless, I glammed up my face for the first time since giving birth, curled my hair,  and took my weird body, lost soul, and sleep deprived mind to Lindsay’s to shoot my white sheet session.

I’ve been in front of the camera a few times before but this time it just felt different. With the first few clicks of the camera, I was tense. I could feel the insecurity radiating off of me. I felt so unaware of how my body looked. Lindsay continued to click away and guided me through getting my body into the most flattering poses and after every few clicks I’d hear a “yaaaaaas girl” or some other type of encouragement. But with each click, and every “yaass girl” something wonderful happened; I started to let it all go. All of the tension, uncertainty, self-doubt, insecurity, I let it go, click by click. And damn it felt good.

But with each click, and every “yaass girl” something wonderful happened; I started to let it all go. All of the tension, uncertainty, self-doubt, insecurity, I let it go, click by click. And damn it felt good.

 
As soon as Lindsay revealed to me what she had captured, I saw it. I found my answer. Raw and vulnerable. Elegant and confident. There I was. That’s who I am now. I am a woman, a mother. I am strong. Brave. Selfless. Curvey. And yep, I’m going to say it, BEAUTIFUL. I finally got it. THIS is why I’ve heard so many women say “is that me?!” while seeing their images for the first time. Not because they don’t actually recognize themselves, but because through these images Lindsay has revealed to them qualities within themselves that they have always possessed but never believed in. These photos are beyond boudoir, guys, this is about recognizing who you are is a unique piece of art. It’s about giving yourself permission to believe in your own beauty. It’s about freeze-framing the person you are right now, because wherever you are in life, you have been on a journey and you have a story to tell. It’s about having having sexy-ass wall art to plaster all over your bedroom for your significant other to drool over for the rest of their life. Just kidding about that last one. Kind of. No, never mind, no I wasn’t. That part is pretty awesome too.
 
The bottom line here is, if you are looking in the mirror and thinking to yourself “I’m not ready” because you’ve just had a baby, or because you’re not at your goal weight, or you feel insecure about this or that, then I am going to encourage you take a giant step out of your comfort zone and book your boudoir session with Lindsay right now. What you need is to not wait until your insecurities disappear because they never will. What you need is the opportunity to see yourself in a new light. More specifically, the sexy dim light that Lindsay shoots her sessions in. This an opportunity to rock what you’ve got, own your journey, tell your story, and love all that you are. Take it.
 

Xo. Erin

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