I’m so lucky to be able to give back to clients in our community this year who have spent their adult lives caring for others.  Todays featured client is no exception.  With her session YEARS in the making, I’m so glad to feature her story! From Miss J:

 

I’m a 36 year old Recreation Director in a Nursing facility. I have been intrigued by boudoir photography pretty much my entire adult life. There is just something about the simplicity, softness, femininity and vulnerability portrayed in each photo. I never thought I could convey those characteristics in pictures. I joined Caroline’s FB VIP group and I watched these amazingly diverse group of women glow after their sessions. I watched for about a year, then I slowly started to comment and be involved.  I became obsessed. These ladies all rave about their about their time and experience with Caroline. I was able to see her work from actual clients that choose to share their photos and stories.

I finally decided to book my own session. A ton of questions ran through my mind during the whole process. Am I pretty enough? Am I thin enough? Am I feminine enough? Am I really going to spend money to get more pictures of myself looking awkward and uncomfortable? Am I going to be comfortable stripping down for a stranger to take my picture in such an intimate setting? Will I be able to do this? Will I be able to be vulnerable? Will I be able to relax?

The day of my session, after after my hair and makeup were done, I looked in the mirror, my jaw dropped and I said “Just give me a pair of wings and I’m ready for the runway!!”

When we were shooting, I felt empowered. I felt free. I felt like myself again, that a weight had been lifted off my chest and I could finally breathe again. It was refreshing. I felt feminine and sexy and Caroline made me see that I am enough just the way I am. Caroline helped me get out of my own head and got me through a pretty low point in my life. I literally checked all my self-hate, self-doubting baggage at her studio door and left it there.

I honestly thought the whole day was going to be very robotic. Caroline does this day in and day out and we all know what that’s like… you just fall into a routine without even meaning too. But I am happy to say that that was not the case AT ALL. Everything was very natural, go with the flow vibes and I loved that. After each photo that Caroline showed me on her camera I got more and more comfortable and was able to relax and just have fun. There were times where I had to hold back tears because I did not want to ruin my amazing make up. It felt awesome to just let go, rock out and have fun.

I was surprised about how freeing it was and how comfortable I was. Caroline just has this way about her that makes you feel like you’ve been best friends for years. I had no intention of going nude… but I was so comfortable with Caroline that I just went for it. And I’m so glad that I did.

When it was time to see my images, I was in shock, I had no words. I could not believe that the woman in those photos was me. I still can’t believe it. 

Being able to see all of your final photos… I have no words to describe that feeling. I just sat there in awe, looking in amazement. There were definitely tears involved. The feeling after my session was pretty amazing too. I felt on top of the world, on cloud 9 and a whole lot lighter because of all the self-hating baggage that I left behind that day. So basically the entire experience as a whole was the best.

Caroline changed my life; I left my session a new woman. It’s crazy to think that a photoshoot could have such an impact on your soul… but for me, this session was the best therapy I didn’t even know I needed. I am forever indebted, forever thankful and grateful to Caroline and this whole experience.

My mindset – everything changed. Every scar, every mark and every wrinkle makes us unique and are just reminders of our own personal journey and should be celebrated. I know it sounds so cliché but it’s so true. I am comfortable in my own skin again and its such a relief to just… be. Be at peace with myself. Be happy with myself.

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