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Embrace Your Body Project – Pam


The Leap of Faith

Pam had been thinking about having a portrait session for some time, but always found an excuse as to why she couldn't. That was, until we popped up in front of her and pure impulse took over. 

"It's something that's always been in the back of my mind that I would like to try. Then, when it was on offer to be done so local, and with the fact that it included hair & make-up, it was just a hurdle that I could maybe jump, which I have."

Pam realised that the "hurdle" she had in her head, preventing her form doing this for so long, wasn't as high as she thought it was. 

The session

A lot of people have ideas set in their head of what might happen during their session, that it'll be awkward and there will be pressure to do things you're not comfortable with. People start imagining some kind of horror story, only to arrive on the day and realise that we're not scary at all. We will never pressure you to do anything you're not happy with, we will only ever encourage you to push your boundaries and your comfort zone, because that's what this whole thing is about!

"It was pretty... pretty calm, pretty calm, that's the word I'm looking for. I didn't feel any pressure, I didn’t feel that it was something I shouldn't be doing, and the atmosphere was nice."

After her session Pam was so excited to see her photos, she still had that little voice in the back of her mind making her anxious but thankfully she didn't let it get to her.

"I couldn't wait to see my photos to be perfectly honest. There was slight trepidation because I didn't really know what to expect, even though you told me on the text that it was pretty good, yeah, there was still that little sense of trepidation."

Seeing her photos

Like a lot of women, Pam has struggled with seeing the effects that weight loss has had on her appearance. She'd look in the mirror and see no difference between the before, and the after. What we needed to do was to shock her brain into realising her accomplishment.

"Honestly, I thought I was a lot fatter than what I am. There’s certain parts of my body I still don't like, but those photographs might teach me to like them a bit better now."

We can safely say that Pam was shocked, tears were shed, and her confidence level got the boost it needed.

"Well, you saw the emotion. I just feel a lot... people tell me I shouldn’t feel un-confident, but yeah, I do feel a lot more confident now. Looking at the photographs, I just feel as though maybe I can actually do that again, maybe without being so nervous."

The Embrace Your Body Project is all about empowering women to love themselves and their bodies, as they are, right now.

It's about embracing our bodies, whatever flaws we may think we have, and accepting ourselves.

It's about showing that nobody is perfect, but that we are all beautiful in our imperfections.

And it's about sharing that experience with other women, to help them on their journey to body confidence.

Boudoir Before and After Images – December 2019

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

These are our December before & afters, the amazing Caroline really treated us this month by bringing in her partners motorcycle! We also received some lovely feedback from people.

​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!

I was very nervous to start with, even trying my outfits on at home was scary, but Robin was fantastic, he put me at ease straight away rummaging through the clothes I’d taken with me. The whole shoot was fabulous, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and didn’t find myself breathing in or worrying about my stomach at all and I’m a plus size woman (24) who doesn’t like having my photo taken. Kristina who did my hair and make-up was amazing and kept me company and looked after me throughout the shoot, I felt like I was with a friend.


I was buzzing afterwards, on such a high and we arranged to go back to view the photos the following week and as we left I got very emotional and started to cry - I was upset at the thought of seeing my photos - I was thinking "what a stupid idiot am I to think I could ever look sexy or beautiful in a photograph, what on earth possessed me to do this?" I shed a few tears on and off that week but with my partner I went back to see the photos - WOW. I am so so pleased I did, I looked amazing, I looked sexy and I looked beautiful.


I am so proud of myself and I have shown my daughters and my parents my photos, I’ve also shown friends and my hairdresser - I love them. Elise showed us the photos and passed me the tissues as I cried with relief, she was great, no pressure from her to purchase any of the photos but we did buy them all.


If I can do this so can you - go for it x

Caroline

I recommend everything about this experience, I walked in not having a clue what to expect. It was really amazing, I was made to feel really comfortable through the whole experience.


Ella

I had a shoot just before I had major back surgery. Afterwards I knew I would be left with some pretty major scars and potentially I would be even more disabled. I wanted a memory of my body pre surgery.
I'm about to come for another shoot. I was a size 24 and because I have been back pain free and actually able to exercise and eating better (I walk and swim and I got a chair so I can cook again) I have lost an amazing 6 dress sizes. I also had an idea to have a tattoo to "cover" my scars. I got the tattoo but after working with an amazing tattoo artist it actually makes a feature of my scars. I then went and had a second tattoo in October.

I look at my old pre surgery pictures and look at my unadorned body. That body was what I had and I loved it, my squishy bits and voluptuous curves. My new body is different, it doesn't work as well and it has scars and tattoos but it's been through a war of chronic illness and it shows its battles scars and wears them well. Inside I am still me.  My value is not what I weigh or in my dress size but in me, how I feel what I give, how I live my life, my values. Raising other people up. We live in a world of criticism, and if I get to the gates and I can say I was unapologetically myself and was kind. Then I think I've lived my life well. Life is for living in the body you have and no one has a right to put you down including yourself.


Vee

Professional, encouraging company, with the knack of making you feel welcome, empowered, confident and beautiful. They make you want to step into self discovery, to re-evaluate yourself and see you as others see you. There are no flaws and no imperfections with Anna, Robin and their fantastic team. I have never felt so comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone. I was absolutely petrified but excited too, both with my session and then seeing the end result.
The experience has changed my whole outlook and opinion of myself. I would highly recommend anyone to do this.


Coral

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If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

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Boudoir Before and After Images – November 2019

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

These are our November before & afters, we helped some wonderful clients learn to love themselves this month.

​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!

I cannot rate, Anna, Robin, Elise and the make-up team highly enough. My experience was amazing, and although I was out of my comfort zone, I felt totally relaxed and comfortable. The photos afterwards were outstanding.

Kirstin

I had never in my life thought I would even contemplate posing in front of the camera wearing a basque or matching bra and pants. I have so much more confidence now, and it's all down to Robin and Anna. So a big thank you to them, and also to Katrina for the hair & make-up, something else that was new to me.

Sylvia

I had the most amazing experience at Smart Photography. No confidence and a mass of nerves were very soon put to ease and I pushed my boundaries. As for the photos... wow. I've never loved photos of myself so much. Thank you for a fantastic day, I'll be back for a couples shoot next  year x

Joanne

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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.

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Terri’s Body Confidence Journey

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

Everything was perfect and even though I felt super nervous leading up to my session, Anna was extremely reassuring and gave lots of encouragement, keeping in contact prior to my session with handy tips about what would be good to bring along. 

It was amazing to talk to Anna before the session began, she made me feel really at ease. Elise on reception was so polite, she got me a drink and took all my things through for me.

Katrina who did my hair and make-up was brilliant. She made me feel and look like a million dollars. She was also very complimentary which gave me a real confidence boost and she was there to help all the way through the session.

When I first walked into the studio in my underwear - I was petrified. But Robin and Katrina made me feel so comfortable, I was actually gutted at the end that it was all over!

I loved my viewing. Walking in to see a whole wall full of my images was incredible. I felt as though I was going to walk in and hate all of my portraits, but I ended up loving 95% of them. The slideshow made me feel so emotional (in a good way).

I couldn't believe that the person I look at in the mirror everyday, was the same person in the photos.

Before this whole experience I had spent 8 years in an abusive relationship, where my confidence and self-esteem were destroyed. On top of having 4 children, I hated looking at myself in the mirror.

I can honestly say that just by coming along to one shoot and viewing my images afterwards have given my confidence and self-esteem a real boost. I honestly didn’t think I could look so amazing with hardly any clothes on. 

I feel amazing in my own skin now. I would love to thank Anna personally for making me feel strong enough to go through with it, without that I may well have bottled it at the last minute. My opinion of myself has changed dramatically and I would love to thank everyone at Smart Photography. From start to finish the whole experience was life changing for me.

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 – October 2019

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

These are our October before & afters, we helped some wonderful clients learn to love themselves this month.

​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!

Amazing! They made me feel so comfortable, I had never done something like this before but Robin was great and the pictures are better than I could have ever imagined. I totally recommend doing this!

Elizabeth

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

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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.

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