She Wanted to Throw Up & Cancel ~ Winnipeg Boudoir Photographer
I don’t know about you, but I totally believe in kismet, meant-to-be, and destiny and it was all of these things working to conspire for me to meet (and photograph!) ms. Catherine! Last December, I held a workshop alongside my buddy Kevin in Dallas, Texas and all was swell until 3 weeks before. I had received an email from our Airbnb telling us they cancelled our reservation and we were SOL. So, I freaked out a bit, but then took matters into my hands and took to the internet, blasting a SOS Looking For Studio Space on every Facebook and Instagram platform that I knew of. A week or so went by, and I settled with the fact that we may need to go in a pricier, less fancy direction. THEN, Miss Catherine messaged me. When I told her the workshop would be 3 days, she didn’t even bat an eye. She offered her space to us…AT NO COST. Well, I was literally ready to hand over all the money I have, so we settled on a free ticket to the workshop + I would be able to photograph her. Destiny ensured Miss Catherine and I would meet, because neither of us knew it, but she needed to have a session done and I was the perfect one for her (mostly because I called her out on it) As a boudoir photographer and educator, I constantly stress to my attendees the importance of having at least ONE session done, so you can tell your clients what to expect in terms of feelings and emotions, well Miss Catherine hadn’t….until that weekend. I am so proud of her fighting through her fears to do this thing that scared her (and ended up being amazing!) Also, this girl has got the hair whip on lock, so if you need to tutorials, check her out! In any case, read on to hear about her boudoir experience.
Teri photographed me and it was life changing. A little background. I’m a boudoir photographer. Wife, mother to five and grand mother to 3. I never hated my body. But I have crazy stretch marks that I am not the biggest fan of. For that reason I am always covering them up. I am also not quick to jump in front of the camera. I encourage women everyday to come in and strip down their insecurities. Love who they are and allow me to document it through my photography. This is very easy because I know they can trust me to not be judgemental and capture them in a beautiful way.
I never thought I would have issues stripping down. Until it was time for me to get in front of the camera. I had a photoshoot scheduled with Teri. I was so excited until the night before. I wanted to throw up and cancel. I was so nervous about showing off my body that the anxiety was taking over. Nonetheless, I fought through it and arrived for my photoshoot the next morning. When we were picking out my outfits everything I knew about boudoir photography and dealing with my clients flew out of the damn door. I was sweating and couldn’t fucking think straight. Teri kept telling me to relax and guided me every step of the way. She made outfit suggestions for me, told me exactly how to pose, breathe, move everything. So glad she did because was a mess.
When I put on the first outfit and Teri began to pose me things turned around. I started to feel like I could do it. Teri kept reassuring me that I was doing awesome. We finished the photoshoot and I was on top of the world. I made it through.
Then came time to see the images. Here we go again anxiety. Teri sent me a message letting me know the images were complete and ready to view. “COMPLETE???? I was hoping she took a few months to tell me they were complete. I was not ready to see my body yet. It took me a while ( an hour for sure to open up that file).
I finally opened them up and started crying. It was like an out of body experience. I felt like I was looking at someone else. Teri captured so many parts of my body (even my stretch marks). I kept going through them amazed at how I looked. Then I showed my husband and the whole damn world around me.( And haven’t stopped btw) I went from being nervous as hell to bragging my ass off. My favorite image was actually a nude photo that showed off my stretch marks.
This has been a total game changer for myself and my business. I TRULY understand exactly how my clients feel from the moment they contact me til the end when they pick up images. Since then, I have this confidence that I don’t second guess. I love every single part of my body and now ready for another photoshoot. My conversations with clients have been so relatable (hope that’s the correct word). I am able to spell out exactly how they feel and will feel throughout the entire process. I cannot thank you enough Teri for the amazing person that you are.