When Jude first got in contact with us, she said “I'm only just learning to love myself and spend time on me after having looked after everyone else for too many years." This is all too common an issue! We prioritise everyone else over ourselves, especially if we have children, because they become the priority until they're at least 18. That's often 18 years of not thinking about yourself, not doing anything for yourself, not caring for yourself. And even if you're not someone with children, you have friends, relatives, partners, pets, colleagues, and careers to think about.
A moment of madness
"Getting in contact was completely spur of the moment, a moment of madness. I had seen one of your images a while ago and thought it was beautiful and then it just popped up on my Facebook feed and I thought “just do it”. Just a moment of madness is all that I'd say."
The day of her session arrived
"I was terrified before I came, I nearly didn't come. I thought “I've only paid a deposit, I can just not do this.” But I thought “no, sometimes you've got to do things outside of your comfort zone” and actually, once I got here I was fine, I just tried not to think about it. I was really busy the couple of weeks leading up to it, which was probably the best thing that could have happened, because I didn't have time to think about it, and then I just turned up and did it, without thinking too much about it, and that's the way I looked at it. I think all of us just think we're not fabulous and we're not gorgeous, but we want to like ourselves more, so that's why I did this."
Like with most people, Jude got hit with a second round of nerves before coming back to see her photos. Never forget, we will not show you photos of yourself that aren't amazing!
"I was nervous about coming back to see them, I didn't think I would but then I began to think “Oh what have I done? What if I hate them all?” Yeah, I did start to feel nervous."
"They're amazing. The the photographs are absolutely stunning. You've done an amazing job and I am so impressed and I feel really good."
A few final words from Jude for anyone considering taking part
"Just do it. It is so professional and you're made to feel so at ease and, actually, it's not as scary as you think it's going to be."
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.