02 Feb Boudoir Session with Ms. Caroline
“I have worked very hard over the past 1-2 years healing from surgeries and building back my strength and my health. I think I was just finally ready for some internal healing. After seeing my neighbor’s photos and hearing her joy, I had hope…hope that Emily could do that for me. Hope that maybe I would stop hiding from myself and stop not really knowing or liking that woman I see everyday in the mirror. I wanted a chance for that joy I heard in my neighbor’s voice and that sparkle I saw in her eyes.
I had the time of my life! I was extremely nervous, but determined to get out of my own way and let the day flow. I loved every minute and the time just flew by. The ladies downstairs at Circa 1838 were wonderful and I loved my hair and makeup. The ladies at Kalon and Company helped me find the perfect outfits. But you my sweet Emily, found me…you dug through decades of spider webs and piles of negativity, mountains of “I can’t” and you found the me I allowed to be stolen so many years ago. You awakened a light inside of me that was buried…never blown out, but buried nonetheless. It is an experience I will never forget and I am forever grateful to you.”
“Body image is something I have always struggled with. When I was young, I felt uncomfortable allowing my feminine side to shine for many reasons, but the strongest reason stemmed from being sexually violated at a young age. From then on, I could no longer see the beauty in myself, but especially in my body. Worse than that, I forgot how much God loves and cherishes me so I stopped loving and cherishing myself. When anyone forgets their worth, bad decisions evolve, boundaries get crossed and lives are drastically impacted. Fast forward post babies and multiple abdominal surgeries and just aging in general, I couldn’t have imagined doing a boudoir session…ever. Through time, healing, love from a wonderful husband and a healthier lifestyle, I do for the first time in more than 25 years feel beautiful again. Emily, you showed me a me that I had forgotten even existed or perhaps never even knew. God created us in His image and our earthly bodies are to be taken care of and celebrated. You see the beauty and individuality of every woman you photograph. It’s not about age or scars or wrinkles or that little extra roll or two we try to hide and YOU know that. We ladies forget that and we get “lost” in the negativity. There’s a line in the movie Pretty Woman “People put you down enough, you start to believe it…The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?” It is true…the bad stuff is easier to believe and if I could start a campaign to fight that I would do it!! Self-deprication is an epidemic and that’s where it starts to spiral downward. If I can help you go on a self empowerment campaign I will do so with a loud speaker!!”
“I would encourage any woman to trust that gift God has given you and allow you to show them what you already see. Even if I wouldn’t have purchased a single photograph, the experience alone was mind blowing. I wish I had eloquent words to describe exactly how beautiful and empowered and comfortable you made me feel. All I know is I left that day different than when I arrived. I stand a little taller now and I ACCEPT the compliments and adoration from my husband now that I brushed off before feeling unworthy to own those words. I appreciate you Emily and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”