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.