As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera in my hand, taking pictures of anything and everything I possibly could. I started taking photography classes in High School and then later in college. I loved photography and could not get enough of it. Other than the few professional classes I’ve taken, I’m a self-taught photographer.
I officially opened Bombshell Boudoir about a year and a half ago. At the time of opening my business, my husband was deployed and for an anniversary gift I decided to do a boudoir shoot of my own for him. I was somewhat intrigued by the idea of boudoir but wasn’t too keen of being in front of the camera especially in lingerie.
I had a very poor body image of myself and although I’m the type of person that likes to try anything once, I was unsure about pictures of my body. I am so beyond happy I went for it and did the boudoir shoot; I had no idea that shoot would be more of a gift to myself than it would be to my husband.
It was at sunset on a Friday afternoon that my life completely changed. I was on a beach in Malibu in lingerie with cars honking and BBQers staring at me in these sexy positions. That’s when it hit me. I didn’t only want, but I needed to be a boudoir photographer! This photographer I hired had taken this broken woman with the worst body image of herself possible and turned her into an empowered woman so sure of herself and ready to take on the world. I felt amazing and saw myself as an attractive woman. That was the first time I had loved myself in years. I had no idea that is what boudoir really was. I thought it was only for the super model looking types that wanted sexy images of themselves. It’s not! It is for very one and every body. Male, female, trans, it does not matter! Everyone deserves to feel amazing and sexy in the skin they are in.
The night after my own boudoir shoot, I called all my female friends and begged them to let me take boudoir images for them. My sister was the first one to allow me to practice on her. She was patient and allowed me to express myself through my newfound love of boudoir. I was able to take my time and not stop until I got the shot I saw in my head. Along with my sister, I also had the support of my husband. They encouraged me and made me feel like I could turn this new passion into a career.
Starting my own business and empowering women was all I could talk about for months! I set up free photo shoots for anyone and everyone who would let me. Doing boudoir was awe-inspiring for both me and my client friends. Empowering women empowered me! Looking back on those early shoots, you can see my passion and my drive through the images. Of course, I am my biggest critic. I had a long way to go before I was successful at boudoir photography, but I was determined. I would continue to grow both as a person and as a photographer.
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