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Jo’s Body Confidence Journey

Could Jo Like Herself in Photos?

Which, let's be honest, is the same question every one of our clients ask themselves - and mostly think, either secretly or openly, "I don't believe I can".

Jo was no different. I would absolutely love to be able to say that her story is uncommon, but we often work with women who are seeking to reclaim and love their bodies, after escaping from abusive relationships.

When Jo very first got in touch, here's what she told us.

I have zero confidence in my body, I've recently lost 17lb still more to go. I'm getting married next year and I'm dreading the photos and attention.

How could we not try to help Jo? I was terrified before Robin and I got married - everyone looking at me, having photos taken. I thought I knew exactly where Jo was coming from. But her route to losing body confidence was very different to mine.

Getting the courage to come along was a huge step for Jo. Coming back to see her photos was possibly even more of one.  It's absolutely usual for our clients to have low expectations - even though they know their shoot went well, they're still not expecting to like their photos.

Jo brought her fiance, Richie with her - thinking he would at least be able to choose a photo of her that he liked (because she wasn't expecting to like any!)

Seeing her photos for the first time was a moment of shock for Jo

When you hold a strong belief, because it has been told to you over and over again, and you've learned to repeat it to yourself, over and over again - then being confronted with a different reality is really shocking.
It takes a little time to come to grips with what your eyes are now showing you.
Jo's fiance, Richie was with her to assure her that she was now seeing who he sees all the time.

After seeing her photos, being able to really see herself, Jo has kindly agreed to share how she feels, and how important the portrait session was to her.

I just wanted to drop you a quick email and thank all of you for my amazing experience at your studio.
I can't express enough how amazing you have made me feel. I was extremely nervous, as I'm sure 99% of everyone stepping through your door is.  

Six years ago I left my husband, after 21 years of mental abuse and a year of physical. I would never of dreamt I would ever have had the courage or been 'allowed' to do a photo shoot like yours. When I met Richie four years ago my self confidence was on the floor, he has helped me to grow and build myself back up.  However, I have to be honest I was nervous of his response,  I shouldn't have been. He loves the photos and has talked about them non stop. He's told me how proud he is of me and felt very emotional at the thought and reason behind it, not the response I was expecting but I couldn't have asked for more. 

From the bottom of my heart I thank you all, you genuinely do not know how much this means to me. 

See you again very soon, take care.

 Jo x

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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.

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Our Embrace Your Body Project

Embrace Your Body Project 2019

We can't wait for you to be a part of our 'Embrace Your Body' movement!

About the project

For the last 8 years, our West Oxfordshire studio has been creating body-confidence boosting portraits for women. But we know that a lot of women are held back from coming along for a boudoir portrait session, by a lack of confidence, by not loving their bodies, and by feeling that they are somehow not 'right' for boudoir.

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 – September 2019

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

These are our September before & afters, there's a few GORGEOUS vintage style portraits from a few vintage style sessions we did 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!

My daughter had a portrait session & was so thrilled with the results I decided to have one for my 60th birthday. Having spoken to Anna by messenger a few times & by following their Facebook page I only had a few excited nerves on the day which soon went once I was there. The team were so helpful during the session, there was no reason to be nervous. Just enjoy the moment. Everyone was there to make your time with them something special, which is exactly how I felt.

At each stage from the time I first made contact, to the end when I went to see the photos everything was made very clear. There were no hidden surprises - which just added to the enjoyment of the experience.

I wish it was longer & I could do it all again. It was so much fun. My husband came with me for the session, but didn't get to see anything apart from my make-up. When we both returned to see the photos the huge smile on his face & mine said it all. Amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience & would love to do it again. Thank you all so much.

Sue

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Boudoir Before and After Images – August 2019

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

These are our August before & afters, we helped so many lovely women 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!

Wow! Just an incredible experience. It did wonders for my self confidence and is one of the best things I've ever done. They have friendly staff and a relaxed & welcoming atmosphere.  Everything was always well explained, all questions answered and just a lovely experience. 

I was amazed at how good my photos were. They're just beautiful and I loved seeing myself like that, and my partner absolutely loved seeing them. 

I just wanted to thank you for the experience, it was just amazing and from start to finish, you made to feel so welcome and the overall experience was so enjoyable.

Kelly

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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.

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

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