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Embrace Your Body Project – Suzanne

When Suzanne first got in contact with us she said "I hate looking in the mirror - in fact, I just don't unless I have clothes on. My husband was very abusive, I am better now but I felt pretty ugly for a long period of my life and I hate my body." It is always so heartbreaking when we meet these amazing, beautiful people who have been made to feel so negatively about themselves by someone they love. We needed to hep Suzanne see herself in a new light.
So, that's what we did!

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 – Jean

I would like to start off by saying, Jean had one of the most dramatic & immediate changes in self-confidence and body image I have ever seen. When I first met Jean, she was a bundle of frantic nerves with a huge coffee stain down her jumper who was thinking "what on earth am I doing?", and was just about ready to sprint out of the studio. When we went through photos to find out what she did and didn't like, she didn't believe me when I said she could and would look sexy and beautiful, and you should have seen the face she gave me when I asked if she wanted to do any art nude portraits...

When Jean first got in contact with us she said "I've lost 6 stone in weight and now have body dysmorphia, I'm trying to see myself in a different way." After going through a dramatic weight loss and having surgery to remove excess skin, Jean needed some help -  both to see the difference that had made, and also to reconnect with her body.

I was very pleased to see Jean again before the end of her session, when I assisted with posing and lighting for the art nude portraits she had found the courage to do.

At her viewing, before seeing her photos, she was smiling ear-to-ear because she was so excited to see them. Since her session, she had gone out and bought new make-up, having loved how she looked in the session so much. She was practically floating on a cloud of new found self-confidence!

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 – Esther

Before having her shoot, Esther let us know exactly why she wanted to take part "I have always been very body conscious, and have felt very uncomfortable in my own skin. I want to take part in the Embrace Your Body project as I feel this would give me a confidence boost and allow me to look at myself in a new way"

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 – Anonymous

Obviously anyone who comes to us for a session is asked if they are happy for us to share their images, that fact doesn't change if you are coming is as part of our 'Embrace Your Body' project. When X got in contact with us, they said "I want to embrace the way I look for myself, my confidence, and my fiance." And that was our mission.

How did you feel about your body before your session?

"Not the best, I've struggled with weight issues and self-confidence issues for years now, always finding it difficult to like the way I looked in anything I wore and whatever I did. I didn't want to get undressed in front of anybody for years and I still still have those moments, but yeah my confidence levels were through the floor basically before this."

How did you feel about the session itself on the day?

"I was nervous going into it, I didn't know what I was getting myself into, well, I knew exactly what I was getting myself into, but I didn't know if I was ready for it, but other than that the session was okay. Going into it was great because it was welcoming, everyone here was really welcoming, it was nice. It was warm too, it was really cold outside so it was nice to be in a warm studio when I thought it was going to be really cold."

Did you start to feel nervous about coming back to see your photos, after the session? 

"After the session I felt really good about it, but it was yesterday that I started going “On my god. What am I gonna? Do I wanna go? Do I wanna cancel it?” But I was like “No, I'm not gonna cancel it.” And my partner was like “Well, I'm coming anyway, so I can't go there without you. You're driving me.” I was like “okay, okay, fine I'll go”. We got round the corner from the building about half an hour ago, I was just like “ummm” then my partner looked at me and was like “You're nervous, aren't you?” And I was like “Yeah!” And he went “What it's fine.” I would say "I'm gonna have to do it now we're here.”"

How are you feeling about yourself now that you've seen your photos?

"Slightly more confident. I wouldn't say I'm 100% there, yet. After seeing the photos I was sort of, a little bit gob smacked that I can look like that. But I really do, I love the images. I love them more than I thought I was going to. I thought I was just gonna be embarrassed the whole time, seeing my body out for everyone to see (everyone being the three people that were in this room). But yes, I feel more confident about them now than I did before I'd seen them."

Is there anything else you could say to someone who's feeling apprehensive coming along for their own session?

"Do it anyway. Don't worry about the stuff that I did, I was completely self-conscious when I stepped into this building, but as soon as soon as I took my clothes off I was fine, because I was made to feel comfortable. I wasn't made to feel like I was being pushed around. I wasn't being forced to do anything and it was my choice at the end of the day whether I was here or not. So I didn't particularly know what I was getting myself into, but it was worth it in the end. Definitely."

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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