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Embrace Your Body Project – Anonymous

Anyone who comes to us for a session is asked if they are happy for us to share their images. This client has chosen to share anonymous images only, but would like to share her 'Embrace Your Body' experience with you.

What prompted you to want to take part in our ‘Embrace Your Body’ project?

"I'm reaching the 50 year-milestone this year and have spent most of life being critical of and unhappy with my body. Even though I understand this is mostly due to societal expectations and how I was raised, it's hard to shake off the deep conditioning of feeling ugly and inadequate.

Although I did dance and performed when I was younger and have always been physically active, developing various chronic health issues over the past 15+ years has further knocked my self-confidence. Unfortunately, people often judge mental and physical health based on what they see. For example, no one sees me when I'm feeling my worst (at home) so people usually only see the "well (enough)" me; as people also tend to have specific ideas about what sick people should look like, having "invisible" illnesses means I'm often disbelieved or dismissed - which makes things worse.

As a survivor of complex trauma, I learned to hide my inner self by trying to fit into people's expectations of me.

As a minority woman in this country, I'm also frequently treated as a stereotype where I'm either exoticised or ignored - making me feel even more unattractive as myself.

Growing older and becoming increasingly ill, it felt like my own body was betraying me. But over the past few years, I've been discovering how much my body has actually helped me survive. I've learned how powerful and resilient my body has been, and how it's continuing to teach me about my long-neglected needs and desires, about my authentic self. It's been a tough, painful road - which is far from over - but I decided to apply to the "Embrace Your Body" project as a way to honour and connect with my body, in whatever form or state it's in today."

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

"I was both anxious and excited. I enjoy fashion so knew I had some nice jackets and jewellery to try, but no one has seen me in underwear for longer than I can remember!

I had strong ideas about the look I wanted but was also nervous I would look ridiculous or too chunky to pull it off.

Unfortunately, experiencing lots of new health symptoms recently didn't help my frustration and insecurity that I wasn't physically at my best that day. But Robin and Kristina were professional and supportive and made me feel it was ok to try new/different outfits and poses - including the (arty) nude shots!

The photo shoot itself was quite fast-paced so felt a bit like a whirlwind - but a fun and affirming one."

How did you feel about coming back to see your photos? 

"Doing something out of my comfort zone like this, I felt mentally and emotionally drained afterwards - not to mention the aches and pains from all that stretching and arching!

It was less than a week after the photo session so I was still processing the experience and all my self-doubts.

Robin had shown me some images during the session so I was hopeful there was at least one photo I would like, but I was nevertheless apprehensive, with all the "should"s swirling around in my head (I should've worn something else, I should've toned up better, I should've waited until I'd lost more weight, etc. etc. etc.)"

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

"It's still sinking in that these rather fabulous photos are of me and that I was actually brave enough to do the nudes. In fact, I've ended up liking more of the ones of me in the buff!

I've got a couple of the photos propped up in my bedroom so I can keep glancing at them - and hopefully the critical voice will quieten over time so I can be proud of and enjoy my achievement more fully!"

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

"Our bodies are so incredible and we often only pay attention to them when something hurts or doesn't seem to work "properly" or look "right". But actually our bodies do so much automatically to protect us, to signal when we need to take better care of ourselves, to help us understand how valuable and precious and deserving we are of care and compassion.

Whatever your relationship is with your body, I'd encourage you to consider signing up for a session. Anna, Robin, and Kristina are such a great team and will do everything to help you feel comfortable and ready to take on the challenge!

It might feel strange or surreal, but it will be fun and respectful, celebratory and affirming - and unforgettable, for all the right reasons!"


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

Anyone who comes to us for a session is asked if they are happy for us to share their images. This client has chosen to keep her images private, but would like to share her experience with you.

When she first got in contact with us, she had been working on her confidence, self esteem and self belief, and saw the 'Embrace Your Body' project as the perfect opportunity to embrace how far she had come. 

What prompted you to want to take part in our ‘Embrace Your Body’ project?

"I was prompted to take part from your advert on Facebook. Having gone through a recent programme of CBT, and working very much on getting to know myself, managing my feelings, and building my own confidence and self-esteem, one of those aspects was my feelings towards my body.

I look back over the years at the time spent worrying and being self-conscious about certain parts of my body, right from about the age of 8 or 9 years old. And now I hear my 10 year old daughter doing the same. As the years have passed and my body has changed, aged, and got more imperfections, I look back and wished I hadn't worried, it was certainly better then that it is now!

I hate that my daughter finds fault in her perfectly healthy body. Which got me thinking, rather than focusing on what I would love to change about my body, why not celebrate and appreciate what I do have. After all, as the years continue I will look back at this time, as I have my younger self, and wished I hadn't worried. So .... this year I have been embracing my body, feeling more comfortable with it, wearing shorts for the first time in about 25 years, and feeling grateful for my health and strength.

When I saw your advert it just hit me, I should do this, celebrate my body for how it is now, and be able to look back and appreciate it for what it is. I actually felt quite excited about it all when you called me (your enthusiasm helped) I knew this was something that has interested me in the past, as friends of mine have done it, but I didn't think I would have the confidence to actually do it myself. I have also learnt recently, that pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone usually has positive mental effects."

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

"On the day, I felt mainly excited. I definitely had a wobble, whilst having my hair done! I become a bit nervous and thought I would feel very uncomfortable being in my underwear. However, Robin and Holly very much put me at ease, and made me feel quite relaxed very quickly.

A big part of this was Robin telling me how to pose and keeping the whole experience relaxed - I was quite comfortable just following his instructions, and Robin kept it light hearted and fun. I was surprised how much I was enjoying it, but even more so, how I wasn't at all self-conscious about my body — it was just a body, my body, and it is what it is."

How did you feel about coming back to see your photos? 

"I was actually much more nervous about coming back to view the photos. Having come away from the shoot feeling very empowered, during the time in between I had convinced myself I wouldn't like the pictures, my make-up will look too heavy, I won't like my body and it will emphasise all those areas I don't like etc etc.

I was worried I would end up with an even bigger hang up about my body - I am a catastrophic thinker after all!!"

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

"I can honestly say when I walked into the studio and saw all my pictures up, it took my breath away and brought a tear to my eye. For starters, I had to look harder to believe it was actually me! Then I was stunned at how beautiful they were, not me being beautiful, but the photos were so beautifully done, real art! I loved them all.

The photos were exactly what I hoped for, to see my body in a positive way, appreciate it for what it is and celebrate its beauty. I have actually always thought the female body (all shapes and sizes) is very beautiful, and Robin has a magnificent talent of capturing it.

I have come away feeling embowered, confident, proud, and extremely grateful towards my body but also to Anna, Robin and Holly for helping me appreciate it."

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

"I can't put into words how highly I would recommend this experience. I hear so many people (as I did) say 'I couldn't do it' but I know you can and you won't regret it!"


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 – Barbara M

Barbara took part in our 'Embrace Your Body' after telling us she needs to believe in herself.

Here, she talks about her experience, and how she's feeling about herself now.

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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

Anyone who comes to us for a session is asked if they are happy for us to share their images. This client has chosen to keep her images private, but would like to share her experience with you.

When she first got in contact with us, she told us that she wanted to take part as she'd never been confident about her body.

How were you feeling about your body, before your session?

"I had recently lost weight, so was feeling more confident and positive."

How did you feel about your body before your session?

"I didn’t really know what to expect, but as I was open to the idea I felt it was worth a try. The session went really quickly and at no point did I feel awkward as I was so focussed on doing what was asked."

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

"I really enjoyed it, I felt very at ease - I must have done because I did a naked shot, which I didn't think I ever would - and I felt so comfortable and everyone put me at ease."

How did you feel about coming back to see your photos? 

"I was hopeful of liking one picture although not expecting to like many - just purely because I know how fussy I can be. It was a pleasant surprise and I liked loads and loved lots.
Narrowing the choice down was difficult, as the ones I didn’t purchase were also good. The unique thing was, it was me in the picture, but also it wasn’t -the photos were of such a high standard- I felt it looked so professional I could have done it as a professional."

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

"Still makes me smile with the surprise of how pleased I am with the results,  and how fab I think I look."

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

"Do it. You have nothing to lose, and you may also be as surprised and happy as I am with the results."

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 – Shirley

After Shirley came back to see her photos, we emailed her some questions about her 'Embrace Your Body' portrait session, and how she found her boudoir experience.


What prompted you to want to take part in our ‘Embrace Your Body’ project?

"The last two years have been very traumatic for me.

 Just as I was about to move house after splitting up with my husband, I discovered I had a large ovarian cyst which needed immediate surgery, as the doctors did not know if it was cancerous or not. Thankfully it wasn't, but I still had to cope with moving house and having a major operation within 5 days of each other ... on my own ... in the middle of a pandemic!

I have now made a full recovery but I have been left with a 22cm scar down the centre of my belly. A lot of women would hate this, but I see it as reminder of how strong I was during that incredibly stressful time, so I wanted to take part in the project to celebrate my new body and inspire other women to embrace their imperfections too."

How were you feeling, before the session, on the day itself?

"I was fairly confident but was worried about my ability to pose as I'm not the most coordinated of people! The session was quite exhausting but great fun. Everyone I met was friendly and put me at ease."

How were you feeling about coming back to see your photos?

"I was really looking forward to it, especially as I had seen the most important one - a very tasteful black and white shot of my torso showing the groove of my scar - on Robin's camera just after he'd taken it. I couldn't wait to see it printed up properly and I wasn't disappointed!"

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

"Very proud. The results showed my body literally in the best light and I was amazed how curvy and sexy I look."

Is there anything you would like to say to someone who’s feeling apprehensive about having a session of their own?

"Do it, do it, do it!!

You may think you are not attractive, but Anna and her team will prove to you that you are!"

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.

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