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Boudoir Session

12 Apr ’11
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-Posted by +Raven

This is Mandi. Mandi is beautiful. Mandi is strong. Mandi is awesome.

So are you.

One of the things I love about shooting boudoir is something I’ve said time and time again. Women {and young girls, for that matter} don’t feel beautiful enough. {And I’m not saying I’m immune, either.}

We, in general, do not take the time to stop and realize how amazing and strong and gorgeous we are.

It’s simply about being good to yourself in every way possible, because if you aren’t, who will be?

Do you remember that really cheesy character named Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live, back in the early 90’s? Every morning, he said, he would look in the mirror and tell himself “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” And though that character is silly, having a self-affirming moment {even just once a day} is so wonderfully powerful. I don’t know why more people don’t do it.

You may have noticed that, if LeahAndMark.com were to have a catchphrase, it would be “You. Are. Awesome.” It’s the same idea. You read that statement at the end of every blog post from LeahAndMark. I read that statement. The people who write the blog read that statement. You need to be told that you’re awesome, and wonderful, and SO cool. And it’s not anyone else’s job to tell you. It’s yours.

I love shooting boudoir because, when it’s done correctly, it makes you feel beautiful. And sexy, and everything you feel you’re not when you’re having a bad day.

These shots are more than a present to your significant other. These shots are more than a really fun time. These shots are a love letter to yourself.

And you need to read that letter. Every. Single. Day.

You. Are. Awesome.

 

 

-Posted by +Raven

 

Atlanta. Boudoir. Photography. Photos. +Raven. LeahAndMark.com

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4 Comments

  • Reply Laura Eliza 12 Apr ’11 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful work! Boudoir at it’s finest. And, the words are so true.

  • Reply Paralee 12 Apr ’11 at 10:29 am

    Raven, these are wonderful. Mandi, you look gorgeous in every single picture. What an awesome way to express your awesomeness :)

  • Reply Marj 12 Apr ’11 at 11:19 am

    So beautiful! I absolutely love the last one of Mandi under the sheet and part of why I love it is the arm extended towards the camera.

  • Reply Jessica 12 Apr ’11 at 1:55 pm

    Fabulous photos, Raven, and a very important and inspiring post!

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