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Summer Of Self-Love : Week 2

Welcome to the second week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project

Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.

I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).

List 5 Fabulous Things About Yourself

Last week was about appreciating and thanking your body, this week we're thinking about your mind, because your mental health is definitely at least as important as your physical health. 

As it's only week two, I am still keeping things nice and easy for you. All you need to do this week is list five fabulous things about you.

These things can be as deep or as superficial as you like. If you love your bum, list it. If you know you're a great listener, list it. If you get to three things and you're stuck, then keep at it throughout the week - you've got the whole week to do this.

Write your list down - make it a physical list that you can pick up and read throughout the week, and keep adding to it. If you get to five really quickly, and I really hope you do, then keep on going throughout the week.

Look at it every day, see if you can think of something else, create a huge list of all of your fabulousness. You could be an amazing cook, a great dancer, a fabulous friend. You could be the absolute queen of spreadsheets, or of finding things, or of making other people feel good.

There are many, many fabulous things about you that you are currently taking for granted. So write them down!

Try to get started on this today, write down your first thing (either write it down or keep a list on your phone) and then every day look at it, add to it, just build on it throughout the week. Store it somewhere that you can look back to, that's easy for you to get hold of and read again so you can refer back to it. 

You know when you get a compliment, a genuine compliment from somebody, and it gives you a warm glow? When you look at your list you should be getting that warm glow. You're entitled to give that to yourself. 

If you immediately think "there are not five fabulous things about me" then yes, it is going to take you all week to get through this list. Don't give up, you have that list in you!

You don't need to think of five things -  you need to think of one to start with, and then just see how things go.

Let me know how you get on.

Much Love,

Anna

xx

(ps - I struggled with this for sure, however, here is my own list:

1 - My hair! It is multi-coloured marvellousness

2 - My eyes - so strikingly blue, I get asked if I'm wearing coloured contact lenses (which would be odd, since I wear glasses all of the time)

3 - My listening abilities - need to message us at 10pm in a panic about your session the next day? I'm listening!

4 - my ability to question the status quo - just because that's how things are, doesn't mean that's how they have to be

5 - my love for my dogs - I mean, and for Robin obviously, but I am a great dog mummy)





Jo’s Body Confidence Journey

Jo  came along to further her body confidence journey - here's what she has to say about her time with us:

I thought the photos looked beautiful, the before and after photos on the Facebook page made me think I would like to do it. The whole Facebook site is very friendly and I love the "fall in love with you" message.

My new partner thinks I'm gorgeous and I owe it to him and myself to try and feel that way about myself, but it did take 1/2 a bottle of wine to get me to fill out my details.

As an introvert, I hate talking on the phone but it was great to talk to Anna. The conversation was friendly and really felt personalised to me as Anna addressed all my fears.

The information sent with the confirmation email was brilliant and very comprehensive. As someone who normally wears plain black knickers from a multi-pack it was important that I could find all the information without having to ask questions that I thought would have sounded stupid.

I was very nervous when I arrived for my session and that didn't really go until the session started. Katrina (my stylist) was really friendly and reassured me that although the make-up looked really heavy to me it would look natural in the photos, which it did. I was so surprised how relaxed I was during the shoot (apart from my muscles, obviously, oh the pain) and it felt absolutely fine to take all my clothes off by the time we got to the nude portraits. Robin was very patient, I wasn't very good at getting into positions and following directions.

I was not expecting to walk into the room to see a wall full of me! I thought it would be a digital slideshow. Elise was lovely and explained everything clearly and didn't put me under any pressure to purchase images. It was nice that Robin came in to see what I thought as well. The 18" x 12" wasn't one I would have initially chosen but having stared at it for approximately two days I really love it. The slideshow was lovely to see and I never felt rushed.

I felt a bit bad when narrowing them down by taking out the photos I liked least (I'm just not very good at sultry and seductive looks). The presentation of the photos and the gorgeous USB and packaging were lovely and I really didn't expect to be able to take them home on the day. That was a lovely surprise.

Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

Nilam’s Body Confidence Journey

Nilam  came along to further her body confidence journey - here's what she has to say about her time with us:

I got in touch for the opportunity to do something so valuable in the journey of learning to love yourself.

I have been on my own journey the last few months in re finding myself and learning to love myself from the inside out. I knew I needed to do this..my state of mind absolutely needed it.

Anna just listened... I mean really listened. I cried when I told her a little of my story and she was absolutely brilliant,  she reassured me and made me feel completely at ease and valued.

Upon arrival for my session, I was made to feel at ease straight away by Anna. When I was handed over to Robin I was a a little apprehensive but he was absolutely brilliant, constantly asking me if I was OK and if I was comfortable. My make-up and hair artist was equally brilliant at making me feel valued and special.


This experience has totally propelled me in my journey to “find me and love myself “ seeing my photos was a feeling I will never forget. I’m not normally speechless but the overwhelming feeling of pride and 'wow' just took me totally by surprise. For anyone who’s questioning whether to do it... don’t question it, just do it. Every one is so welcoming and professional and make you feel like you are most important person in the room.

Wow!

I never expected to walk in to the consultation room and see myself all over the wall. I was gobsmacked at how amazing the pictures were. Elise was unbelievably supportive whilst I had a melt down on seeing myself. I was able to take my time in deciding and never felt pressured or rushed. Thank you to you all. You all are amazing and I will never forget a single moment of the entire process.

All I can say is thank you. It has taken me 47 years to be able to say I love myself and I am confident and comfortable for the first time in my life.

Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

Boudoir Before and After Images – February 2019

Here's a few of  the Before and After images for February 2019

These are our February before & afters, we helped so many women fall in love with themselves this Valentine's day!

​These are only clients who have said they are happy for us to use their images - there is always an opt out if they're for your eyes only!

It was something I’d always presumed that I wouldn’t be any good at, but that I’d always wanted to try, I’d only heard good things so I figured this was the best place to be brave and give it a go.

When I spoke to Anna on the phone she was honestly so helpful at calming my nerves, before that I was tempted to just cancel or not go through with it, but actually talking to someone and hearing more information rather than reading it made it feel a lot more personal and less scary. 

On the day of my session everyone was so helpful and kind, and really patient with me when I didn’t understand quite what I was supposed to do, which helped me massively with the nerves. I honestly can’t recommend this enough, everyone was so kind and lovely and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about any of it, because I really enjoyed my time, even if I was terrified before going in.

Amy

Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

Boudoir Before and After Images – January 2019

Here's a few of  the Before and After images for January 2019

These are our January before & afters, new year and the same amazing you!

​These are only clients who have said they are happy for us to use their images - there is always an opt out if they're for your eyes only!

On the day of my session I was apprehensive but excited too. I slowly got into the swing of things and began to enjoy it. Rachel and Holly made me feel confident and relaxed.

Everyone needs to do this! Not only did I come away feeling so confident, but I felt like a movie star too. The whole experience was so professional you could easily of thought that it was a portrait session for a top magazine. The smart crew are warm, friendly and understanding.

Tania

My portrait session was the most amazing way to spend the day. Anna and the team are amazing. They take the normal everyday person and transform them in to the amazing person that's there but perhaps not seen.

Thank you for an amazing experience, I hope this encourages others who are body conscious that it's the beauty within that counts and Anna, Robin and the team practically bring that out . Also Rachel was amazing with regards to attention to detail and looking after ones modesty. Her approach and professionalism meant I have a couple of photos believed I'd never have taken in a million years. Thank God she did. They're an amazing team, thank you all!

Lizzie

I had a fantastic time on the day of my session. I was nervous on arrival but was soon made to feel comfortable and I loved every minute of my time spent there. Thank you all for making me feel amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and I’m so pleased I did it. The photos of me are so different but in a great way and I can’t stop looking at them as I look so good. 

Lisa

It was the most amazing experience from start to finish, Anna and team were fabulous. Making you feel really at ease. Even now I’m looking at the images thinking "that’s not me"! It was a fantastic birthday present for my husband and so empowering for me, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Amy

Think you might be ready to fall in love with you?

Come along for a complimentary boudoir portrait session and enjoy our 'Fall in Love With You' Guarantee.
If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

Click the link to fill in a short form and take the first step to falling in love with you.

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