Victoria BC Boudoir Photography - 2018 Review: Part One.

2018 Part One: Behind Closed Doors (Indoor Boudoir)

This last year has been beyond description. I feel like it’s the first year that as an artist, I finally admitted to myself that I “made” it. The majority of the 24/7 non-stop hustling was over. The foundation for my business had been set, and I was able to focus on creating art and connecting with the clients who value the work that I do. That’s not to say I still don’t have to hustle, I feel like the hustle never truly stops as a self-employed creator, but it became more manageable. This is the year I said no. A lot. I had honed in on my niche, on my vision, on the unique art that I offer the world, and said no to most everything else. I referred clients that I knew weren’t my ideal client elsewhere to photographers I knew would be better suited for the job. And I focused on my work. And I grew. And I made the art I wanted to make. I made the art my clients wanted us to make.

I am still manifesting and processing what I hope to achieve in the next year. At the end of 2017 I didn’t set out to have an exponential year of growth. I just kept doing what I was doing, kept honing on my craft, honing in on my message, and I just kept creating. If there’s anything that the last two years as a full-time artist has taught me, it’s just to keep creating. Keep being inspired. It’s easy to get caught up in deadlines, and making the art I’m supposed to make for other people (which, I freaking LOVE making), but it’s also important to continue making art that I want to make. To find heart projects and passion projects that bush my boundaries and challenge me.

And, oh. The best part of this last year… the best part of all the years that have been, and all the amazing years I am blessed enough to keep doing this for. The best part is the PEOPLE. My amazing, trusting, beautiful, incredible clients. The ones who come to me for such a vulnerable and intimate type of photography. Who entrust me with capturing a side of them that, usually, it’s their first time exploring. Nerves, doubts, body-wariness and all. They welcome me into their world and allow me to hold space for them and capture them in the most intimate and amazing way. (I am definitely not crying writing this, by the way. Nope. Not at all. Zero tears over here).

If you are a client reading this: thank you. From the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my soul: thank you. I wouldn’t be sitting here reflecting over what a wild ride this has been without you. I am so grateful to be able to use my art to change lives, and feed myself while I’m at it.

Freaking pinch me!

Part one of this blog post is just show-casing a very small portion of the boudoir sessions I got to photograph this year. There are so many more that live for my clients eyes only - existing in my heart forever. But these are some of the incredible sessions I got to photograph and get permission to share with you all throughout the year. From Victoria, to some house-calls in Vancouver and Edmonton. Part 2 is coming at cha soon and will feature all the amazing outdoor sessions I got to do! There’s so many so I had to split em up!

Thank you for reading and being a part of this incredible journey.

Without further ado!

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