When Parneet came to my studio for her boudoir session, she was one of the most shy, and meek women I've ever worked with. Being able to see her come out of her shell and step into her power through her boudoir photo shoot was a total honour.
But don't take my word for it, here's what she had to say about her Vancouver boudoir photo shoot with me in her testimonial video and written word.
When I began my career as a boudoir photographer and body image coach, the entire driving force was something WAY bigger than me.
To give some context: I experienced an eating disorder for 12 years before ever seeking help to recover and heal my relationship with myself. When I finally dedicated myself to my recovery and dove in with both feet, it completely transformed my life...
With it being the first week of the year, it only feels right to start off with full transparency, and honesty with all of you incredible dames.
A few weeks ago, I was in the swing of things:
- I was creating. - I was in the flow. - I was thriving.
...Things were GOOD.
Fast forward to today, and things feel distinctly different. My heart and head feel messy, fearful and uncertain. It's uncomfortable.
You see, as 2017 faded away I made the commitment to myself that as a multi-faceted woman I am (Read: Body image coach, Vancouver boudoir photographer expert, entrepreneur, wife, sister, artist, fill in the blank with your favourite adjective), I am no longer going to...
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness. In order to help those who are struggling to seek help, we need to lift the stigma that surrounds them.
For myself, it took me years into my own recovery from anorexia to really open up to those around me about my journey. I've made it my mission to help lower the stigma surrounding eating disorders and shift into celebration of the recovery journey instead. Also knowing how much courage it takes to open up about the struggles that go hand in hand with eating disorders and body image issues, I am so moved by Carissa.
Carissa Shaul is a disordered eating coach and yoga instructor who took the time to roadtrip from Olympia, Washington, all the way up here to us in Vancouver, Canada. Her courage, strength and transformation throughout her recovery experience and straight on into her boudoir photoshoot was such a honour to witness and to share with all of you now in this interview!
Can you tell us a bit about your eating disorder (E.D.) history?
"Eating disorders are unique in that they aren’t like a physical ailment where there is an exact onset date. My journey with food and body issues began in 2009 when I...
To anybody that has been following my work for any length of time (and to let those who haven't know), my greatest passion lies in working with women who are healing their relationship to their bodies. Those who have recovered from an eating disorder, have struggled with body image issues, or are shifting their relationship to food hold a special place in my heart.
As someone who spent close to a decade in the throws of an eating disorder before choosing recovery, I have so much empathy for these incredibly beautiful women.
There is such an intense degree of strength, effort, commitment and a thousand other characteristics needed on the path to healthy self image. Being able to reflect that same strength and beauty back to my Recovery Session clients within their photoshoots here at Chelsey Luren Portraits is overwhelming.
My heart nearly bursts when I reflect on all of the women I have had the opportunity to work with.
This next warrior I am excited to feature is such a gem.
I am so ecstatic to introduce Nicole Calla to all of you. Now add on being able to include her words about her own Recovery Session, and some of the images we created together... there are simply no words to describe it.
So without further ado, here is the Chelsey Luren Portraits interview with Nicole about her glamour session with us...
Those who know me and have worked with me, know firsthand how much of an advocate for body positivity and self love I am.
Being someone who grew up with a very distorted view of my body and has worked HARD to shift this, I now see how important self love, and body positivity are. Body love and confidence applies to not only the work I do as a boudoir photographer, but it's also an integral aspect of everyday life. If you don't feel good about yourself or your body, how many areas of your life are in turn impacted? (Answer: Every. Single. Aspect.)
There are so many things that can bring us down, leaving us feeling less than stellar about ourselves, and in turn our bodies.
I remember so many different times that I was unduly harsh towards myself. To be honest, this is still something that comes up for me on occasion. But over the years I have come leaps and bounds. I am so proud of that progress, and it's for that reason that I want to share with you all these tips.
Here are my personal tips on 5 ways to love your body more!
Power Talks is a series I've been passionate about on this blog for a long while now. It's where we interview local business owners, those who help to women to empower themselves, and those who just downright rock.
In today's edition of Power Talks we are interviewing Nicole Vicente of Tease Luxury Lingerie!
I have had the privilege of working alongside her on a number of occasions, and I can assure you, she is even more lovely than the luxury lingerie she sells. Here's a firsthand look at our interview together:
I'd been very sick with the flu and was very congested from it. Then during one evening I had a coughing fit that I couldn't control. The congestion was so intense that it closed up my throat. I was unable to talk and couldn't breathe, so my husband Tyler quickly rushed me to the hospital...
My first introduction to boudoir photography was having stepped behind someone else's camera. That's right, I remember being in your exact shoes.
And I remember the feeling when I saw my images for the first time. It was in that instant I had an experience where for the first time in my life, truly felt and believed that I was beautiful. My boudoir shoot was...
"If it's important, you'll find a way. If it isn't, you find an excuse."
I've found from speaking with so many women - from growing up in a household full of women, from working with them daily, and from being one myself - that more often than not, women feel the need to have an excuse to feel good. Justifications and reasons for doing something...
Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the first full day event from Project You (Thank you Meagan Ayres and the whole Project You team for creating such pure magic!). The focal point of the day was fear and what living a fearless life meant to each of us.
Living a fearless life doesn't mean I don't have fear. Living fearlessly means that...
My name is Ruby Roxx. I am a plus size model, body positive activist, writer and blogger. I often am asked “how are you so confident” and the answer is…years of hard work. Body confidence is not something that comes over night. It takes a lot of hard work, and It means something different to everyone. For me...
As a women who had eating disorders as a part of my life for over a decade, the Recovery Sessions that I offer are the work that I am most passionate about. Being able to give back and help the women who are where I once stood through my work, is a true privilege and honour.
I am honoured to being to sharing my interview with Sarah with all of you today...
One day, your children will go to look for photographs of you, what will they find?
I recently sat down and came to the realization that I myself had NO portraits of my mother. Sure, there was the odd photo of her here and there over the past 30 years or so. But no portrait that was a true reflection of who she is.
Samantha Skelly is the owner and founder of Hungry for Happiness, a business that specifically helps women recovering from eating disorders and body image issues. Through her coaching, she is able to help women heal their relationship to food and their bodies.
The work that she does never ceases to amaze me and I am so honoured to...