I am always so incredibly honored anytime I book a session with a new client, or a repeat client. Literally, every single time, every day, it never gets old. However, when someone tells me they are coming in from out of town or out of state, I just get giddy. What an honor that people would take an entire day or weekend to come visit me in Austin and have me capture their portraits, when I know they have options closer to them. It’s like I can’t believe it, every time.
This beautiful boudoir client came to see me from Houston, and she was such a rock star. She knew exactly what she wanted, and was more than ready to give the session her all and get gorgeous images for her upcoming wedding, as a gift to her fiancé. What I think she did NOT realize, was the effect that the session experience and resulting images would have on HER.
I always tell people that this experience is powerful, but those words don’t become real until you actually feel it for yourself. And Miss T felt it! Here is what she had to say about her session with me…
“YOU MUST DO THIS!”
Read on girl, read on! Because the best part is at the end!
“You absolutely must book with Kimberly Brooke Boudoir. I had known for a while that I really wanted to do a shoot for my fiancé for his wedding gift and started looking for photographers about a year ago. I came across Kimberly Brooke Boudoir and absolutely fell in love with her images. Upon booking, the nerves of being shot in lingerie (and even possibly nude) started to set in.”
“I was very nervous at the beginning of our shoot but Kim was seriously SUCH a delight. She made me laugh, gave amazing direction and ultimately made me feel incredibly sexy and comfortable. When we did the reveal I was so impressed by not only her photography skills, the attention to detail, how professional and artistic they were but ultimately, how beautiful and sexy I felt I looked. I had never seen myself in that light or that sexy EVER. I have always been self conscious of my body and it was liberating to see myself and not even think once that I looked anything other than amazing. I was literally brought to tears. I could not WAIT to send my girlfriends the pictures and they were all in love as well. When I gave my husband the photo album for on our wedding day I have never seen his face light up so much. He literally looks at it all the time and even our wedding photographer who captured the reveal told me, "I have seen many brides give their husbands a boudoir photo album but I have never seen anybody react the way that your husband did". That just goes to show you how AMAZING it turned out. I can't wait to do it again and document another stage in my life for not only my husband, but also myself. I truly cherish having these to look back at and be reminded that even with my imperfections I can look DAMN GOOD.”
Hearing these words for the first time, also bought me to tears! Then later, this woman also shared even more details about her experience. And this my dear friends, is what it’s all about. It’s why I do this thing. These words, this truth, these realizations. Read on…
… “today as I reflect on all of the AMAZING women I’ve met, know & wish I knew, I realized just how fucking proud we should be of ourselves as women, clothes or no clothes. Being a woman is hard. The physical expectations put on us by society, & ourselves, can be debilitating. I’ve struggled with my body image as long as I can remember (which terrifies me to think about how much harder it is for girls growing up today) but after getting these pictures back I was in TEARS. But these were tears of gratitude for my body, for looking at myself and thinking HOLY SHIT I LOOK AMAZING. I can honestly say these were the first time I looked at myself NAKED & was proud to be the owner of that body. So my message is this : YOU ARE A WOMAN & THAT MAKES YOU FUCKING FABULOUS IN EVERY DAMN WAY. So happy International Womens Day to all you beautiful women. We rock. Now go take some naked pics of yourself & be proud. Or hire Kimberly Brooke Boudoir & she’ll do it for you.”
And there you have it. Sometimes you need to see yourself through the eyes of someone else for the fog to be lifted. To see clearly that you are beautiful just as you are and can be SO EFFING PROUD to be who you are, in YOUR body, in YOUR life. THIS is my why.
The experience will be different for every single woman, but that is because every single one of us is unique, and has our own story. And I love that. I love it so much that I cry my own tears of gratitude when I hear the hearts of my clients and how their experience with me changed a part of their life or their self-perspective, and that I somehow get to be a part of this. It’s powerful stuff y’all.