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Embrace Your Body Project – Ciara

Before having her shoot, Ciara let us know she wanted to see the change in her body since her weight loss. "I've recently lost 7.5 stone & I haven't liked the way my body looked before, or after, the weight loss, & I would like the confidence boost of doing something like this."

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.

Embrace Your Body Project – Rachel

When Rachel first got in contact with us she said "Body positivity is very hard at times, and I want to embrace the times when I am confident and comfortable with how I look!" We're pretty sure we achieved that for her, and made being positive about her body a lot easier.

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.

Embrace Your Body Project – Maxine

When Maxine first got in contact with us she said "I'm coming up to 58, I just got engaged and would love to feel amazing and sexy for my man." We always say, there is no age limit on boudoir (aside from being over 18), and it is never too late to learn to love your body, and to feel sexy & beautiful.

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.

Embrace Your Body Project – Lydia

When Lydia first got in contact with us she had gone through an amazing mental health & weight loss journey,  and was ready to see the difference for herself and put herself out there. She wrote “I have spent the last 6 months losing weight and now I am over 2 stone lighter. I am feeling so much happier in myself and so much more body confident! I would love to do a shoot to really embrace my new body!"

Lydia's road to recovery

Lydia had a tough few years and definitely needed a pick-me-up to not only help her in loving herself, but also to reward her for all the hard work she'd put in.

"So I was diagnosed with depression in 2016 and part of  my 'road to recovery' was a self-esteem course, so I completed the course and I'm in a much, much, much better place now, and then I started slimming world. I lost two and a half stone and I saw the advert on Facebook and I thought that, actually, this is probably quite a good time for me to do it. To prove to myself that I can put myself in a place where I feel scared to do it, and worried about what I'm going to look, like but actually be able to do it and prove how far I've come and reward myself."

"I also thought that it's probably not very likely that I'd actually do it, so I might as well sign up and then it doesn't matter either way because it probably won't happen, nothing will come of it anyway so I might as well sign up."

She certainly got a surprise when Anna called her a few days later to chat about booking her in.

"Before my session I didn't feel good about my body, better than I have done in the past but still not very happy and still more focused on what needed changing rather than what has changed. Sometimes in clothes I'd feel OK, didn't often feel very good in just underwear. I'd be very like “oh this is clingy here or this is a lump and bump and stuff like that.”

Changing how you view yourself, and improving your mental state and self-love, is a huge part of learning to love your body after weight loss. It doesn't matter if you've lost 2 stone or 10 stone, if you don't change how your see yourself, and how you talk to yourself, your body confidence will never change. 

The day of her session arrived

Having a boudoir portrait session with us is a lot like gradually walking into the ocean, as opposed to being thrown into the deep end of a pool. We ease you into it with small steps so you never feel like you're 'in over your head'or like you can't back out. 

"Before the session I was really, really, really anxious. The whole day, then especially when I was leaving the house to come to the studio, I was really, really anxious about how it was going to go and how I was going to feel. But then during it, I sort of became more confident as the session went on, and it was really nice and Katrina was really lovely, saying “Yeah, you look great! You look great!” So I was like “Oh! OK, maybe I do.” It was really nice having my hair and make-up done as well, it was really calming before the session started. At first, I was really nervous but I got more relaxed as I got into it. I enjoyed it, I really enjoyed it, it was fun."

No matter how much we try, nobody will ever believe us when we say "you're going to be looking at roughly 25 images of yourself that you adore." Which is exactly what Lydia did and... well you can just read what she had to say about her images.

The expectation

"I did feel nervous about coming back to see them, not as bad, but I was still quite nervous. I was like, “well,  hopefully I'll like 1 or 2, as I'm here, there's bound to be one that's nice.” But yeah, I was still quite nervous about seeing them. I thought I'd see lots where I didn't like bits and be like “oh there's a lump there, that doesn't look very good.” So I thought whilst there might be some that look good, there's probably some that don't look good as well."

The reality

"They're amazing! I look incredible! That sounds so big-headed, I never normally say things like that, but I did it and I look amazing. I look really sexy and really glamorous."

A few final words from Lydia for anyone considering taking part

"Just do it because you've not really got anything to lose. Even if you don't like any photos, you just don't buy them. You don't come off any worse.

I think it's a way of seeing yourself in a different perspective because, at end of the day, the camera doesn't lie. The photos are what you look like, even if it's only in good lighting and only at good angles, that's still what you look like at some points. So yeah, ."

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.

Embrace Your Body Project – Jodie

When Jodie first got in contact with us, she wrote “I want to empower women, I have tubular breasts and would like to show other women that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes." Which is exactly what we want to achieve too.

How mistaking our number for a friend's caused Jodie's idea of a boudoir portrait session to become a reality

Jodie had been thinking about coming along to do this for a while, she loved the thought of embracing her body and encouraging other women to do the same, but she was still scared to made that idea a reality.

"I saw Anna's post on Facebook back in November, and how she's doing this 'Embrace Your Body' project, and I started reading through the Facebook page and just applied for the session. Actually if it wasn't for the fact I thought Anna calling me was my mate's house phone, I probably wouldn't have answered her call, so I came this close to not doing it. But before my session, I didn't really like my body that much to be honest."

Stepping through the front door is the scariest part

I'd like to say we've never had people book in for a session, drive all the way to the studio, then turn back round and go home, without so much as stepping through the front door - but that would be a lie. Thankfully Jodie didn't let the nerves get the better of her.

"I was quite nervous. I did stand outside and contemplate leaving. I was like “what if I just... leave?” I was so nervous. I arrived quite early, but I was quite relaxed afterwards, and once we actually got into the studio that was it, everyone made me feel really comfortable, so I was quite happy to go ahead and do it."

Fear of the unknown

Often, after your session, you feel amazing, you've done something out of your comfort zone and it went really well, and then the nerves start to creep back in, and you start to panic about going back to see your portraits. As if we would ever show you photos where you don't look amazing (never going to happen). Thankfully, Jodie had put her portrait session to the back of her mind, so the only time she had to think about it was the morning of her viewing.

"I didn't start to feel nervous again until we were getting in the car today. I hadn't really given it a second, this week I've been quite excited and then we got in the car, and I was like “Wait, what am I going to see?” It was more about fear of the unknown, than not wanting to see them."

"I feel a lot better about myself, I've got a bit more confidence to walk around work and be, like “I CAN do this.”"

A few final words from Jodie for anyone considering taking part

"Just do it. Just count to three, take some deep breaths and just do it. It's so worth it, especially at the end,  now you're on such a high. While I was waiting in reception to view my photos, a lady come out and she had the exact same smile I did, when it's ear-to-ear, because you're just really happy."

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.