Boudoir should be a celebration of self. The experience you should have, or aspire to have, is one where you can give yourself the gift of self validation.
True self esteem comes from within. It should never be borrowed from someone who has the ability to take it away.
I have gotten to work with Megan twice over the years. She first came to me in our downtown studio. The overall theme of that shoot was one of empowerment, but with strong elements of light and sweetness.
For round two, she wanted to explore her darker and more dangerous side. As a Scorpio Sister myself (I can chat about the Zodiac alllllllll day), I knew exactly what she meant and I felt incredibly inspired to translate that into boudoir art.
Here’s what she had to say about her experience with us in round two!
Q: How did you first hear of Rachel Jasmine Studio and what made you want to book with us?
A: A close friend had booked with Rachel before – her photos were amazing! I started following all of Rachel’s social media accounts and joined the VIP group. Once I learned more and saw how much Rachel believes in empowering women, I had to go for it. I did my first session and felt like a brand new woman!
I loved it so much, that here I am, now 2 sessions under my belt.
Q: What was your initial reason for booking?
A: I’m single, so while a man may get to see all of my photos one day, this was all for me. I wanted to see a different side of myself and push myself outside of my comfort zone. I booked this second session because I love the confidence boudoir has given me! It has really changed how I view my body.
Q: Did you have any expectations going into your boudoir session?
A: For my first session, I fully expected to be awkward and the furthest thing from sexy. In reality, I was still awkward but ended up feeling like I could conquer the world.
The second time around, I knew I would be awkward and laugh my way through posing. But as usual, Rachel walked through every detail from my eyes and lips down to my toes (and laughed along with me) and made it the best day.
Q: What was it like seeing your images for the first time?
It’s hard to put into words! You see the photos of others that have done it and wonder if you will really look that way too. The good news is: YOU DO! I cried and couldn’t believe it was me. I love looking at my photos and seeing how confident I am and how much I love myself in them.
Q: Has anything changed for you since your boudoir experience and seeing your gallery? How has boudoir impacted your body image as a woman?
A: Confidence, my attitude, my views on body image. I can honestly say I don’t think I’d have the confidence or attitude I have now had I not done this. I had always been very hard on myself and negative. I thought my belly was gross, shoulders too broad..I picked everything apart. Now I embrace it all. There’s nothing wrong with working towards different versions of myself, but now I love and accept myself at every stage.
I also think it’s made me love and appreciate other women more. I’m pretty sure I check out women more than men – that arch? Those eyes? Wow that booty? Women are amazing!
Q: Would you recommend Rachel Jasmine Studio for the luxury boudoir experience to others?
A: I would 100% recommend it. Sometimes it’s hard to pull the trigger but I promise that it’s worth it. You have a fun day long experience, grow your confidence, love on yourself, and then end up with amazing images to keep for yourself, a significant other, or share with the world.
Q: What advice would you give to another woman considering the boudoir experience with Rachel Jasmine Studio?
A: If you’re nervous, just put your trust in Rachel. She’s a pro and has probably worked with women with every mindset you can imagine about boudoir. You’ll be so glad you did it!