For the first time, seriously ever, I didn’t just feel “pretty for a big girl.” I felt sexy.
Were you nervous about your session?
What did you like best about your boudoir experience?
I almost cancelled my session several times because I was so nervous but walking in Katie and Danielle made me feel like I was a friend and the whole process so much easier. After make up, My nerves started coming back but Katie was so professional and walked me through what we would do and calmed my nerves by showing me images. Even the viewing party was perfect. I just kept saying it didn’t even look like me because I had never seen myself in that light.
What inspired you to book a boudoir session?
A few years ago I lost about 40 lbs and started focusing on myself again instead of just a mom. I felt confident for the first time in my life and promised if I lost “just a few more lbs” I would book a session. Well, I got pregnant and gained all the weight back. I honestly thought it would be super easy to lose since I had already done it but I was WRONG. I spent three years struggling to lose almost any of the weight but at the same time spreading body positivity and wanting other women to feel beautiful in their own skin. One day I just realized that I was saying love yourself now but I wasn’t living up to that so I needed to just book it.
What made you choose Katie Lynn?
Honestly, I’m a pretty reserved person and this was way out of my comfort zone but I kept seeing Katie’s work and body positive posts and I saw the way she made other “plus size” women look and I knew she would be the best choice for me. I credit her for changing my outlook on my own self and making me realize that I was just as beautiful heavy as I would be thinner.
Did the experience help give you a more positive perception of yourself?
It sounds so cliche, but getting these done changed me. I wanted them done as a gift to my husband, I didn’t think it would be a gift for me. The whole session, from make up to viewing them was so empowering. For the first time, seriously ever, I didn’t just feel “pretty for a big girl.” I felt sexy. I did something so out of my comfort zone and it made me realize if I could do that- what else could I do?? I actually left the viewing party and cried. I felt empowered, incredible and I was proud of myself. I went from the girl who cried every time she looked in the mirror or tried on clothes to the woman who loves herself, no matter what my size.
Would you recommend this experience to a friend?
Is there anything I can do to make the experience better for you in the future?
The whole experience was perfect!!
In her words-
The first time I even considered doing a boudoir shoot was when I lost my weight about 4 years ago. I sure wasn’t super thin and I wanted to prove you could love yourself even when you aren’t society’s “perfect size” and when I saw Katie’s work, I fell in love with the fact she was photographing plus size women and making them look and feel stunning.
Then pregnancy happened and life and I gained weight so I just kept pushing it off.
I ALMOST cancelled or rescheduled because of my nerves and the day before I almost cancelled again because the whole reason I wanted to do this was to feel empowered and show women you don’t have to be tiny to feel beautiful and let me tell you, shopping in the Ohio Valley with nothing plus size can be pretty defeating. I sure didn’t feel empowered or beautiful. I know this may sound weird...but I’m incredibly proud of myself. This pushed me out of my comfort zone but also I left that day and DID feel sexy and empowered. Katie and Danielle were seriously the best. They made me feel beautiful and comfortable. Katie walked me along the whole process which made me feel at ease.
I look back at the person who just 5 or 6 years ago who cried every single time I looked in the mirror or tried clothes on to today feeling empowered and trying to show women they can be beautiful at any size.
This was supposed to be a gift for my husband but ended as one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself.