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Miss M – I got to step into another world where I got to focus on myself instead of worrying about anything else…

The entire experience was exciting from the time I booked the session until I received my boudoir package in the mail. One thing that struck me in particular was that around the time of my session, I was experiencing a great deal of life stress that was affecting me in a negative way. During the shoot, it felt like I got to step into another world where I got to focus on myself instead of worrying about anything or anyone else. While I regret not feeling 100% mindful and present in the moment during the shoot, Miranda still managed to bring out a sense of balance, composure, and strength from me that I didn’t know I had.

I came across Miranda’s Instagram through someone who had done a session with her previously. I’ve loved the idea of boudoir since I first learned about it, but it never occurred to me that it was something women would just do for themselves (rather than before a wedding or other occasion, for example). I wanted to do it for myself, to tap in to the side of me that loves the glamour and sense of empowerment that boudoir inspires.

The quality of Miranda’s work speaks for itself, but reading the words of other women who have worked with her before sold me on the idea 100%. Miranda is a phenomenal artist who produces not only incredible images, but also inspires positive change in the lives she touches. If I was going to do a boudoir session, I wanted to work with someone whose purpose is greater than building a pretty portfolio. Her passion for empowering women and helping them to see their beauty and strength as individuals was clear to me, and this made her my obvious choice.

It did, but not in the way I expected. Reading Miranda’s blog, other women talked about feeling beautiful, incredible, powerful, etc. leaving the studio after their session. Perhaps because I was in such a weird head space at the time, and that the experience forced me out of my comfort zone (in a good way!), my immediate reaction afterwards was a bit anxious and self-conscious. But in the days and weeks that followed, I noticed a growing sense of self-compassion that seemed to be directly tied to my boudoir experience. I spent more time doing things that made me feel good — eating well, finding joy in movement, spending time on my hair and makeup, and generally just slowing down and tuning in to how I was feeling and how I could take care of myself. In that sense, the experience was less of a sudden revelation and more of a gradual awakening to the conscious and deliberate process of self-compassion.

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