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Wild Women: Outdoor Boudoir Victoria BC

“Wild woman are an unexplainable spark of life. They ooze freedom and seek awareness, they belong to nobody but themselves yet give a piece of who they are to everyone they meet. 
If you have met one, hold on to her, she'll allow you into her chaos but she'll also show you her magic.” 
― Nikki Rowe

 

I met this incredible woman at an event a while back. I was instantly drawn to her energy and the way she spoke to others. Her laugh carries through a room and I couldn't help but smile whenever she was telling me a story. Fast forward to my outdoor marathon where we so luckily got to work together. As a fellow photographer, she knew the best time to book her spot in order to get that dreamy golden light. Pair that with her amazing confidence and the way she carries herself... and we created unimaginable magic.

I think some of my favourite moments with my clients are when we get very vulnerable with each other... boudoir is inherently intimate and vulnerable, and because of that I think it opens up a lot of conversations that you wouldn't normally have with a stranger you've hired to hangout with for a few hours. But boudoir is... different. This woman shared with me stories of her experiences of inhabiting the world as a plus-size woman. I was so smitten with the way she wanted to do this shoot to show her clients and other plus-sized women that plus size IS sexy. That size doesn't determine worth. You are beautiful no matter what. Just the way you are. We both have a similar mission to empower other women through our work, and it was a blessing to be able to listen to her speak her passion and live her truth through this shoot. She also asked me not to remove any of the "blemishes" in her photos - those things that society tells us to be ashamed of and hide from view. Those are all a part of us and make us human... so these images are her. In all her authentic and phenomenal glory. 

I am so lucky that our paths have crossed, because she is a beautiful soul and a very talented artist. Without further ado!

Why Burlesque is Part of my Business Brand

I've always had a love affair with photography, but I never seriously considered a career as a photographer before I took burlesque class. 

"I would love to follow my dream of being a professional photographer... but there's soooo many talented photographers! I don't stand a chance!"  

That was the type of conversation I was having with myself on the day-to-day. At least, it was... until I started burlesque. Burlesque flipped my world upside down and affected every aspect of my life - in the best way possible. It gave me the personal confidence to apply myself, to be determined, to not give a hoot what judgement others may be passing on me. It gave me the courage to reevaluate my life and what direction I wanted it to go. It taught me a lot of things,  things I feel are important to share with the women (and men!) who I am lucky enough to have sit in front of my camera. It taught me...

  1. Everyone deserves to feel beautiful. Everyone. Even just for a second. You deserve to look in a mirror and feel a little enchanted by yourself. Before Burlesque the conversations I had with myself regarding my body image were not healthy, and that that is common-place in society. I thought to myself that this needed to change. That I wanted to provide the tools for someone else to be able to feel sexy and to start having those healthy conversations with themselves. Boudoir and burlesque have this magical ability to change someone's perspective of themselves - and it's beautiful. 
  2. Don't give a fuck what other people think. I know it's probably not "business-savvy" to say fuck on my business blog, but I feel like it's necessary to drive this point home. Opportunities in life are widely missed and unexplored because we are hindered by our fears of judgement. When you let go of those fears and start applying yourself wholeheartedly to things that make you happy... magic happens. 
  3. You can do that. That thing you've always wanted to do... do it. What's stopping you? Really assess what it is that's holding you back. Once you start looking at what it is that's stopping you, you can see how short-term most of those things are. The satisfaction you will get from doing what you've always wanted to do will be infinitely more rewarding. 
  4. And the most important thing I've learnt... be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best-friend or lover. Boost your own confidence. Embrace your quirks and qualities that make you different. You are one in 7.7 billion - treat yourself accordingly. 

To me... burlesque and boudoir teach the same lessons and operate off the same foundation of self-love and confidence. I dream that by providing a safe-space for women to feel comfortable in their sexuality and their bodies that I am helping empower every client to dare to love themselves. Loving yourself is a rebellious act - be a rebel.