During our 30 Day Love Project we worked with 30 incredible people in beautiful Victoria BC, capturing 30 different love stories ranging from empowering self-love boudoir to intimate couples sessions. After the photo shoot and gallery reveal, we asked our clients to write about how their experience went. Warda’s review on her boudoir session gave us shivers in all the best ways possible and thought it would be healing for you all to read as well.
We always hear people (mostly women to be honest) talk about how much they would enjoy a boudoir photoshoot but then almost immediately come up with a reason why they’re not ready. All those fears and thoughts of self-doubt start to creep in.. “oh I only need to lose 5 pounds, wait until my skin clears up”… the list goes on and on… and all these negative thoughts we have tend to limit our self-trust. For years, I felt like my body didn’t belong in front of a camera lens – until I was introduced to the world of nude photography. It sparked a big fire in my own personal journey of self-love and healing. You don’t need to wait until your tummy is a bit tighter or your skin is more tanned, the purpose of boudoir photography to me is to embrace yourself just as you are. Even more than that… to fully accept and love yourself with all your heart and soul.
A self love boudoir session is about you taking a leap out of your comfort zone to embrace your natural self! It’s about connecting your body and soul and being mentally aware of how beautiful and powerful you are! They are a healing session, a way to bring you back into alignment, a gateway to seeing yourself in a whole new light and an opportunity to fall deeper in love with yourself.
And what better place for boudoir photography than Victoria BC?
Don’t take my word for it though, here’s what Warda had to say about her self-love experience …
“I HAVE ALWAYS HAD A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP WITH MY BODY IMAGE – THE JOURNEY OF SELF LOVE HAS BEEN A CONFUSING BATTLE. I THOUGHT I HAD DEVELOPED WAYS TO LOVE MYSELF THROUGH THOUGHTFUL ACTIONS AND INTENTIONAL PRACTICE BUT MY EFFORTS SOMEHOW FELT INSINCERE.
I HAD MADE THIS IDEA OF SELF LOVE ENTIRELY AND ALWAYS ABOUT ME, ABOUT BLINDLY PUTTING MYSELF FIRST NO MATTER WHAT. I COULD NOT TRUST THAT OTHERS COULD ACCEPT ME FOR WHO I WAS AND LOVE ME THE WAY I WANTED. I HAD STILL NOT TRULY ACCEPTED MYSELF, AS I CONTINUED TO RELY ON CONSTANT EXTERNAL VALIDATION.
IT WAS ARTIFICIAL AND EGO SERVING. I DID NOT FEEL FREE.
AFTER MY SESSION WITH RISKE PHOTOGRAPHY, I WAS STUNNED BY THE BEAUTY IN THE IMAGES I SAW. I WAS ABLE TO TRUST TWO PEOPLE THAT I WAS GETTING TO KNOW, TO GUIDE ME IN RECOGNIZING MY TRUTH. IT FELT EMPOWERING TO LET NATURE SWEEP ME UP AND SURRENDER TO THE VULNERABILITY THAT USUALLY OVERWHELMS ME. THEY WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE ALL THE MAGNIFICENT BEAUTY AND LOVE THAT THRIVED WITHIN ME IN THAT MOMENT. IT WAS SO FUN TO BE COURAGEOUS AND PUSH MY BOUNDARIES.
I DON’T QUITE KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT, BUT I FEEL DIFFERENT NOW… I FEEL AT EASE. I LOVE MY BODY, I LOVE MY CURVES – MY IMPERFECTIONS AND FLAWS ARE NOT GONE, BUT THEY ARE NOT THE FOCUS ANYMORE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A BOUDOIR SESSION TO EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS DYNAMIC DUO. ONE OF THE BEST GIFTS I HAVE EVER GIVEN MYSELF.” ❤️