As an Ottawa Boudoir Photographer, I meet many different women from all ages and at different stages in their lives. Meet Miss M! A 50+ beauty with style and grace who changed the way she saw herself during this fantastic journey that we can the boudoir experience. Read as she reflects about her journey with Je m’adore fine art portraits.
Q: What’s going on in your life right now that motivated you to do a session?
Miss M: I don’t know, I came across some social media photos and I thought it would be something fun to do, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a great way to boost my self-image. I have a very un-glamorous job and am always in work clothes, hair pulled back, no makeup….. a boudoir session seemed like fun and just what I needed to help me feel beautiful.
Q: Besides beautiful photographs, what else did you hope to get out of the experience?
Miss M: Honestly, I did not give it a lot of thought at the beginning. It was after our first meeting that I started to feel like it would be a great experience for me as a woman, to boost my self-confidence and accept myself and my body the way I am.
Q: How long had you been considering doing a shoot before you booked yours? What was the final push? What did it feel like to finally book your session?
Miss M: I thought about it for a couple of months. I shopped around and compared photos from several Ottawa photographers. I talked to another photographer, but I absolutely loved your images from the arts perspective, so that’s why I decided to book with you.
Once I booked, i started to feel very excited.
Q: Before your session, how would you describe your relationship with your body, your beauty and your sensuality?
Miss M: As I mentioned, my job is very un-glamorous and I work very long hours, which leaves me with little time to dress up, and go out. I am also single, so I typically wear jeans and very little make-up. By consequence, I don’t usually feel that sexy or glamorous.
Q: How did doing a session affect how you feel about your body, your beauty and your sensuality?
Miss M: I have always felt that my body is not that beautiful, but doing this session has helped me see myself in a different light. From the moment I started to think about what to choose for wardrobe and trying different outfits on, I started to see myself differently and also feel more beautiful. After doing the session, I felt way more confident and accepting about my body. And after seeing the photos, I KNOW that I am beautiful!
Q: What were you worried about before your session? What helped to overcome that?
Miss M: Well, I am a shy person, so showing myself almost bare was a bit troubling, but you were very professional in our meeting, and that made me feel more comfortable.
Q: Tell me about your session day: How did you feel on your way over? What were your favorite parts? How did you feel on the way home?
Miss M: On the way to the session I felt a bit nervous but very excited. I think my favourite part was posing and imagining the outcome, but also thinking….. “is this really me? AM I really doing this?” After I left, I felt like I had done something really good for myself, and not from the photo-taking part of it, but from the self-confidence boosting part of it.
Q: What were you feeling when you saw your photos at the viewing?
Miss M: I could not believe that was me. I really was blown away. The photos were so beautiful!
Q: Why did you decide to hire me as your photographer?
Miss M: You were very professional every step of the process. Once I met you, I felt VERY comfortable with you.
Q: If your friend were considering doing a shoot, what would you say to encourage her?
Miss M: I would absolutely say GO FOR IT! This was something I would encourage EVERY woman to do AT LEAST once!!!