Last week I posted Miss J’s “light side” of my studio. This week as promised is part 2, the “dark side”. This is the side of studio that I am most inspired by. On an over cast day especially, it’s my favorite.
Last year Miss J modeled for me for a one on one mentoring client. I only got to work with her briefly and while instructing another photographer, so I have been wanting to get her back in for a full shoot. One that was more for her.
I also wanted to really test out the new white wall in my studio. I love that I have a light room for shooting as well as a dark room for shooting in my space.
I decided to split her blog in to two parts.
First up, the light side…
“I just made it home from the reveal… and I still can’t believe those photos. It’s funny when you go through this process of learning to live without someone, you’re forced to be with your own thoughts – and that’s honestly what has been the hardest part. I was always someone else’s everything, and I had lost sight of who I was and what I deserved.
I remember asking myself if I really wanted to do the shoot with everything going on, especially because it was originally for him. I remember pushing myself to do it because I knew deep down (being that it would be my second shoot) that it would be good for me, even though I’m not sure I felt like that when we had originally scheduled.
Over the past few months, I have become more at peace with a lot of things. Not just being without him, or dealing with the fact that someone didn’t want to be with me… but really being at peace with myself. I’ve grown a lot. I’ve learned a lot, including the fact that even though this was what he wanted, it was meant to be this way, and I deserve better. Tonight, almost a week after everything being finalized, was literally the best thing that could have happened. I knew it would be good – because the work is yours. But what I saw wasn’t just how beautiful I felt – it was like you captured a part of my soul on camera. I saw happiness, I saw the peace, and I saw a fire that burns brighter now than it ever has.
Miranda, I could never pay you enough money in the world for what you’ve given me. I’ll never be able to put into words how much the session and the reveal helped me cope. And I’ll always be able to look at those photos and remember the strength they make me feel.
What you do isn’t just boudoir photography and it’s way more than art. You’ve given gifts to so many women, helped them in so many ways. Your true talent is healing and empowering people, and it happens through photography.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
I recently replaced a purple damask wall in my studio for white shiplap. After 4 years, I was ready for change. I was excited to have Miss S in for a shoot to test out the look of the new wall. I am loving it and loving her! <3
Of course I had to shoot in my darker style as well. I love that I can offer a mix of both light and dark/moody for my clients.
Were you nervous about your session?
I was nervous about many things but mostly about how I would feel during the process. I looked at it as, I couldn’t feel any worse or weird about my body during the session then I do now. So I kept going through Miranda’s website and social media photographs to see what I was in for and got myself excited rather then nervous for it.
What did you like best about your boudoir experience?
What didn’t I like about the boudoir experience?!? From the hair and makeup (thank you Lacey!)….to talking to Miranda prior to the shoot…to how comfortable she makes you feel the entire time. I could have posed for several more hours I was just so excited and for the anticipation of how the photos would look.
What inspired you to book a boudoir session?
I had this experience a few months ago and it took me awhile to collect my thoughts on this very life changing experience. When I made the appointment I thought it would be a nice gift for my boyfriend, but little did I know what a gift it would be for myself. I am a woman that doesn’t even like to get in a swim suit after three babies… but now I find myself sharing my photographs with everyone because I am so proud of the woman and mother I have became. The photos show me and everyone that woman.
What made you choose Miranda Parker?
Miranda is the “Go To”. She makes boudoir what it is in this area. Her work speaks for itself and always tells a story….it is amazing to view each picture and how you can see the confidence just coming right out of each and every woman photographed. I wanted to be “that girl”.
Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?
Yessssssss!!!! 2016 was a very long and exhausting year for myself. I thought this would be a good gift for my boyfriend but it ended up being the best gift I could have ever given myself. I finally started to see myself through a more positive perspective because it has helped me be comfortable in my own skin. I plan to book another session! It was fun, invigorating and a huge self confidence boost.