For many, many years of my life I struggled with an eating disorder. My eating disorder told me that I was ugly and worthless, and ultimately stole the joy from my life. It was a dark season, so trust me when I say I get what it’s like to feel like your body isn’t good enough, isn’t worthy of love, or feel like your body doesn’t even belong to you.
All of your journeys are different and our relationships with our bodies change over time. But I believe we all need to be reminded of how beautiful, worthy, and awe-inspiring we are. Boudoir is about cultivating self-compassion and self-love, celebrating your body for where it’s at right now and loving it well.
Now that I’m five years recovered from my eating disorder, I have experienced the liberating freedom that comes from accepting yourself fully. It’s opened me up to so much love and joy in the world.
One of my favorite memories is sitting in a villa window in the south of France completely naked, being photographed by a dear friend. When she took my picture she said, “This is for you, so you will always remember how brave you are.”
Since I was photographed naked I have felt a shift in how I relate to my body. Before I felt detached from my body,
like I was hauling it around along with me everywhere I went. Now I feel like my body is my home–a place I can take
refuge. How would we change if our bodies felt like a safe refuge? How would the world change?
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brene Brown
“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, ‘Courage, dear heart,’ and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s…In a few moments the darkness turned into a greyness ahead, and then, almost before they dared to begin hoping, they had shot out into the sunlight and were in the warm, blue world again. And all at once everyone realized that there was nothing to be afraid of and never had been…And then first, and then another, began laughing.” – C.S. Lewis
let’s be brave together
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