That's How it's Supposed to be, Living Young and Wild and Free- Empowerment Boudoir- Outdoor Boudoir Nine19 Photography- Raleigh NC

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When you are healthy and beautiful on the inside, when you love your own heart, mind, and soul, when you stand strong and confident in your own truth, it shines out
— This Amazing Woman

What do I even say about this client? About this session? I just don’t know if my words are strong enough to convey the emotions I feel about how brilliant this day was for all of us involved. When we first spoke, she mentioned wanting to do something different, to feel free, and to let her true self shine through and I think that is exactly what we accomplished here. We trekked out to Chateau O’Boyle just outside the Raleigh city limits and setup a traditional boudoir set out on Sarah and Jon’s property! Little did I know that what would start as a pretty close to standard boudoir session would turn into watching my amazing client shed the weight of society’s expectations of who she should be… and, well, her clothes too!

I had so much fun capturing this woman and all her glorious energy! Please enjoy this session! Let it inspire you and be sure to leave her all the love in the comment section!

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In her own words…

“Positive self-image is NOT vanity. When you are healthy and beautiful on the inside, when you love your own heart, mind, and soul, when you stand strong and confident in your own truth, it shines out. I spent years feeling insecure, self-conscious, and guilty when I thought I might see beauty in the mirror. After getting divorced (twice) I felt like a failure, undeserving of love. But I did the work on the inside and learned that I’m beautiful, living, compassionate, and deserving. And the most beautiful part of me is that I am human! That truth is stronger than the labels that were filtering my ability to truly see myself. I am strong, sexy, confident, soft, and hard. I chose to show all of my skin because all of my power lies in my biggest vulnerability.

My knee-jerk reaction to seeing these portraits is “oh hell, this is ME?!”. And then...HELL YES this IS me! This  is me who is pushing 40. This is me who has two kids. This is me who works her ass off day in and day out to provide as a single mother. THIS. IS. ME. 

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If you know me, really know ME, then what you see is a reflection of who I am. And I love me, inside and out.

YESSSS! PREACH!!!!

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The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters
— Audrey Hepburn
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Just what an amazing session. Her words, her energy, she is just a true inspiration… I’d love to hear your vision for your boudoir session, so definitely reach out to me!

Huge Shout Out to…

My amazing Hair and Makeup Artist, Sarah with Modern Alchemy, as always, I couldn’t have done this without you!

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