Elk Grove Boudoir Experience: Seeing Herself Through Loving Eyes
What was your biggest fear before hiring us for your Elk Grove Boudoir photo shoot? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
The reason I wanted to do the shoot was because it was the first time I really felt the passage of time, that I could see signs of aging now, turning 35 and after 2 kids. I figured, well, this was as good as it was gonna get, better do it now if it’s just ‘downhill’ from here.One of my fears before the photo shoot was seeing myself through someone else’s eyes. How does what I feel about myself, my insecurities, translate to a third person, a stranger? Is it an accurate capture of who I think I am? If not, what does that mean to me? And if so, will I like what I see through an unbiased lens?
The day of the shoot, I was pleasantly surprised to meet a warm and gentle person in Jillian. I was surprised how quickly and naturally she was able
to put me at ease. She put it best, ”I show you images of yourself the way your loved ones see you.” And she did.
What, specifically, was your favorite part of your Elk Grove Boudoir experience, and why?
That I felt so comfortable and empowered in my own skin (including being photographed in only my skin, haha). I didn’t think this was possible in
front of someone I didn’t know well, someone who wasn’t a loved one. But I really felt her genuine joy of photography and nonjudgmental warmth. She
made it comfortable to be proud of my body, no matter what shape it’s in.
What advice would you give to someone considering booking their own Elk Grove Boudoir experience?
Every woman should try this at least once in their life. When I look at the pictures in my album, it’s the experience that I recall vividly, and the experience itself that brings back the feeling of self confidence, self worth, and empowerment that is priceless.
My friends and family are gushing over my images!!! A handful of female friends even booked their own shoots, and many asked very detailed questions about the process, which opened up great dialogue about womanhood and our insecurities. I’ve had two kids since looking what I consider “at my peak” so I thought I could lose a few pounds before my Elk Grove Boudoir shoot. I also don’t wear makeup or do my hair in my everyday life, and worried if I would still recognize myself and ‘be me’ in the pictures with a makeover.
The experience taught me it was possible, and even acceptable, to love your body as it is. Your body is a part of your story. Through my Elk Grove Boudoir experience, I discovered that it was ok to love my body and be proud of my body even if it didn’t look like it did when I was younger. I now actually love my body more than I ever have.
If you could give your photo session a title, what would it be?
Through the eyes of love.
What three words describe your experience best?
Empowering. Freeing. Mine.
What three words describe Jillian Todd Portraits the best?
Genuine. Open. Supportive.