What was your motivation to seek out a boudoir photography experience?
I had been in a mentally abusive marriage for 20 years. After having breast cancer and a bilateral mastectomy, I was searching for something to help make me feel beautiful again because I hadn't for so long.
Choosing your studio/photographer is super personal, why did you choose The GFE?
The niece of a friend had a shoot with you. When I saw the photos - how beautiful they were, tasteful, sexy, artistic and classy, I knew immediately I would choose The GFE if I ever became brave enough to book a session.
Leading up to the shoot what were you most concerned about?
I was concerned about looking and feeling old in the photos. I am probably one of your older clients. I imagined being photographed would be intimidating, but it was just the opposite.
What was your favorite part of your boudoir experience?
I felt you were genuinely interested in capturing "me". The shoot was a lot of fun! My other favorite part was the feeling of empowerment and confidence I took home with me after the experience.
Is there anything you would change or do differently?
I would not change much....Maybe make some different wardrobe choices.
What would you tell other women about your experience, would you recommend doing something like this for themselves?
The whole experience is amazing. It's not just about the final result/photos. The shoot itself is empowering, freeing, and Stephanie has a way of making you feel and look beautiful. It's a luxury that I want all the women I love to do for themselves.
Do you view yourself differently since your session? Do you appreciate your body more? Are you kinder to yourself?
Yes, I have more confidence. I do appreciate my body more. I thought I was a "flabby old hag". I thought after losing my breasts, that my body was mutilated and the scars unattractive. But it turns out that's not the case! Turns out I am beautiful, regardless of my age and what my body & spirit have endured.
When I beat Breast cancer, I never liked being called a "Survivor". That word brings to mind the image of someone barely holding on by a thread. But when I look at my photos, the term takes on a whole new meaning. I want to share with other women that "survivors" can be sexy, beautiful and fully alive... Not just "hanging in there" ...And aren't we all surviving something?