I'm excited to bring this post to you today. This is a guest post from the incomparable soul Sarah Yenko.
When Sarah came to me for her Vancouver boudoir photoshoot, she was nervous beyond belief. However as the course of the shoot went by, she slowly but surely came out of her shell and absolutely knocked it out of the park. I'll let her take it away from here and share with you how she felt throughout her boudoir session and what the experience was like for her.
"My biggest fear before hiring Chelsey didn't have anything to do with her. She came so highly recommended by many amazing women.
There are certain times when writing a new blog post that I'm not in flow the flow of things, I drag my feet, and hesitate to hit the keys. That sentiment could not be further from the truth for this post! I feel so incredibly honoured to bring this post to life on the blog today.
Over the years I have had the honour of working with some women who are truly beautiful from the inside out. Amber is definitely on this list of gorgeous souls.
When I photographed her post-baby, she had shared her thoughts on her boudoir photoshoot experience with me here at Chelsey Luren Portraits. Don't believe me? Check out what she had to say in her testimonial here:
"Admittedly, as a now stay at home mom and trying to bounce back from pregnancy, I was nervous...
As a boudoir photographer, I have to say, I have heard some really, really poor excuses as to why women “can’t” do a boudoir photoshoot. I understand that on occasion there are extenuating circumstances that don’t allow for boudoir sessions to take place such as:
Today, I am so grateful, honoured and excited to share with you images and a testimonial from Alison's Vancouver maternity photoshoot.
I could sit here talking for ages about being able to photograph her on multiple occasions and how much I love this incredible woman, but instead, I am going to let her words do the talking.
"I have had the astounding good fortune of being photographed by Chelsey twice now. Once for boudoir and recently for maternity photos. Opposite ends of the spectrum but with the same comfort level, ease and fun! There is truly no comparable experience…
Healing our body image issues and the relationship we have with ourselves is not work, but a privilege.
This realm of personal development - where we heal the relationship with ourselves, mend our body image woes and shift from low self esteem into radiant confidence - there are a lot of time, effort, energy, and resources are involved.
To dive in and shift our lives takes a willingness to be uncomfortable, to face truths we may have ignored, to stand in places of our shame in order to heal.
For so long I have shied away from sharing the truth of my soul and the path I have walked. I have muted the calling to be more, do more, give more to the world. I have tried to hide away, to disown, to ignore, and deny parts of myself.
I love the work I do as a boudoir photographer and body image coach - it sets my soul ablaze.
But the fear in being seen while in my truth is one that runs deep. “What will people say? What if they hate me? What if I offend someone? What if nobody gets it and I’m alone in this world?” The thoughts sting and make me want to retreat into myself and hide away from the light.
I am so excited to share with you all some of the images from this amazing shoot with the fabulous Miss J.
When Miss J came to visit us, she had travelled all the way from her home in Idaho (a drive over 13 hours long!) and was more so excited to be able to pay us a visit while in Vancouver for a boudoir shoot with us.
It was such a treat to have Miss J. in our makeup chair and then front of my camera. Here are Miss J's thoughts on her photoshoot with us and a few of our favourite shots from her boudoir session with us!
Today I'm excited to bring to you an inspiring interview with Kristal Barrett-Stuart. She is the Founder of The Sparkle Project BC.
Kristal and I first met at the Love Your Body Summit where both of us were vendors. While she was leading a workshop on vision boards, I was immediately drawn to her energy and passion for her work.
Having spent a bit more time with her during a photoshoot with me here at Chelsey Luren Portraits, we were able to have some incredible conversations. Getting to know her more, I knew she was the perfect fit for the Power Talk series…
How would your life be different if you felt deeply connected to yourself?
Speaking from personal experience, I lived my life for decades in a state of total disconnect and self loathing. I was at war with myself, hating my body. I so desperately wanted to crawl out of my skin, and trade lives with anybody else in an attempt to get away from who I was.