Offering bridal boudoir photography Chicago has brought me so much joy, so many laughs, a sprinkling of tears, and a list of life-long friends. I really do cherish every moment I share with these women. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I walk away from these sessions absolutely inspired. This particular session was definitely one of them.
Meet L. She is amazing and her reasons behind wanting a boudoir session are beyond amazing. I asked her if I could share her story with you all because of how relatable this struggle is.
In her own words, L shares with us :
‘I’ve struggled with my self-confidence for as long as I can remember. I was a gymnast for about 13 years, and I was chasing perfection in every aspect of my life. This need created an immense amount of anxiety. I was always thinking about not being good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, etc. My anxiety became so bad, that after I graduated college it was starting to affect every aspect of my life. I was a total mess, and my lack of self-awareness was embarrassing. I knew that if I didn’t get my anxiety in check, that it was going to slowly ruin every good relationship I had.
After awhile, I finally decided to start going to therapy. It was a gradual process, but I eventually saw that it improved my life in every way. My relationships were healthier, I was starting to take better care of my body, and I started just doing what felt good.
Before this change, one of my best friends decided to do a boudoir shoot. I tagged along for fun and to offer moral support. Throughout the shoot, I was floored by her bravery and vulnerability. I was so jealous of this self-confidence that she was exuding throughout. She clearly felt so much freedom with her body, and was so proud of what she had. I had never once in my life felt like that, and never thought I would be able to muster the courage to try something similar.
Fast forward to about 6 months ago, I really started feeling all of that work in therapy paying off. I got to a point with my body where I was proud of it. I wasn’t thinking about all of my problem areas when I put on a bathing suit. I finally accepted my body for what it was, and finally started realizing that maybe the life I believed I was living was completely in my head. The timing was impeccable, and as I was starting to plan my wedding I realized I needed to celebrate how far I’ve come. I realized I was ready to own what I had to offer. I was so excited to capture that.’
Every single word of her explanation hit my heart. Because I, like every other woman I know, knows this anxiety. But as L said, “I realized I was ready to own what I had to offer. I was so excited to capture that”and THAT we did. Thank you for your bravery, L. Women like you pave the way for our daughters, so they do a little more owning, and a lot less worrying.
P.S.- you are absolutely stunning.
One of my favorite stores I recommend for robes, one pieces, and lingerie is Victoria’s Secret. They have really changed their look and offer the most beautiful, modern, and understated pieces in their new bridal boutique! Between my hair and makeup stylists and myself we will collaborate and pick out a color palette for you to choose the best colors and tones for your session.
Boudoir By Elle Photography offers professional hair and makeup artists. This amazing ‘add on’ option is the perfect way to customize your boutique boudoir experience. The stylists stay the entire length of the session changing looks throughout the session which adds variety to your gallery. The team has a way of making you feel incredibly special and beautiful during your session. I chose to hire and work with some of the best stylists in the Chicagoland area. They have over two decades of experience and have a passion for creating beautiful artwork. Take a peek below at some samples of how we were able to collaborate and change looks in just a matter of minutes. Click here if you’d like to read more about my stylists!
L went from a loose beachy wave curl to a side swept look during the first part of her session and ended with a sleek romantic look towards the end! The makeup artist started with a dewy understated look and added a deeper shadow and gloss to change looks.