She almost called and cancelled the night before her boudoir shoot. She almost didn't leave her house that morning. She was damn near tears when she got out of the car. She wanted to run away as she climbed the stairs. Between you and me, I don't know how she didn't. We are grown women and so many of us have done incredibly hard things like surviving abuse, beating cancer, divorces and burying loved ones. And yet we are sometimes still surprised by how hard making certain moves and taking certain actions can be. For each moment of doubt she had, it is my hope that I gave her one more photo. For each of her thoughts that she tried to talk herself out of this boudoir experience, I hope I gave her one more photo. For every second of fear, I hope I gave her one more....
Every moment each of you shares with me, I hope I am able to return the love to you. For every one of those exchanges, I do my best to pass that along to the next woman that walks through my doors. Your stories, your presence and your hearts continue to inspire me and drive me; and may be to some, having boudoir photos seems like a frivolity. But those that move through this experience know that coming face to face with your beauty, humility, power, sexuality and grace can be so impactful in every other aspect of your life.
Please, in your next moment of feeling weak just remember, you are able to do incredible things.
"Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass."
— Daniell Koepke