Friday, March 5, 2010

In Defense of Boudoir Photography

Dear Jordana,

I'm in a little bit of shock, because I think this is maybe the first time in my life I've ever felt pretty before.  Like photo after photo showing me it wasn't just a fluke of the one-time camera angle.  I barely recognize myself in the photos, mostly because I don't see myself this way - pretty, glamorous, sexy. But you did. And it's challenging me to re-see myself. 


I can never thank you enough.  I mean this from the bottom of my heart.  Seeing myself in these photos, really taking the time to see myself, is shaking me up, in the best way possible. It's more than just the photos: this shoot and the resulting photos have really become a monumental opportunity to change how I see myself.  I'm just trying to take it in right now, but it's a little overwhelming. I love them all.  I love that you saw something in me that I don't see in myself. Thank you.  Thank you for the shoot and for these stunning photos and for being so wonderful along the way.  I'll follow up again when I'm feeling more coherent, but for now, just thank you.


Thank you everyone who sent your inspiration photos, your cheerleadering, and your support. 

Thank you Stacey for your calming advice, your confidence boosting moments, and your incredible makeup artistry that helped me feel beautiful going into this.

Thank you Dana, for offering the amazing opportunity to win boudoir photography from your Wedding in a Week contest.

And a huge and immeasurable thank you to Jordana Hazel, for your warmth, your fun and comforting approach to this process and day, and your incredible talent.

21 comments:

  1. Tell them, lady. I love it. I'm so happy. This sounds weird? But I kind of teared up reading this and looking at Jordana's site. The emotion is just so... pervasive.

    Wow.

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  2. What a great photo! I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience! I just made an appointment to do a session. I'm not getting married so there not for anyone else but moi!

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  3. I am so happy for you! It sounds like you had a great session and I can only imagine how exciting it must be to get back such great photos of yourself.

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  4. This put a big smile on my face. It really is nice to see ourselves through other people's eyes sometimes, isn't it? Jordana's work looks amazing. If only I lived in LA!

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  5. I think you're really hard on yourself...you are beautiful! But, I'm so happy Jordana was able to help you FEEL it! She's lovely and I heart her. :)

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  6. I'm so happy that you can see what I see. You're absolutely stunning... inside & outside. Kiss.

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  7. i can't even put into words how happy this all makes me. on so many levels. you are beautiful. inside and out. and i love the teaser pic. you gonna show us some more? pretty please :)

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  8. Gorgeous! Hooray for you! And hooray for not being swayed by the naysayers!

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  9. yay i'm glad it all worked out and was the positive experience you hoped. i was just talking to a friend today about maybe doing a boudoir shoot with her because she is an amateur photographer looking to get some practice and it would be fun!

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  10. so glad you had a good time! great, amazing, excellent teaser photo (and I hope we get to see more!)

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  11. WOW love that shot. Killer gloves. Tell me your going to show us more!

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  12. YOU LOOK GORGEOUS!

    And good for you for doing it.

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  13. This is an AMAZING photo. I need to hear more about this shoot! xoxox. Your fellow CH.

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  14. you're hot! that's awesome that you had such a fantastic experience with the shoot.

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  15. Beautiful, great photo! No, stunning photo!

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  16. Jordana is truly amazing. I *almost* booked her for our wedding. Her work is incredible. Lucky girl! Please tell me you're going to post more than that little teaser...which is absolutely stunning by the way!

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  17. Glad you had such a good experience. I did a boudoir shoot recently too and it was so great.

    The good photographers are so worth paying the money for.

    Following along with you now :)

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  18. Beautiful pictures. Jordana did a fabulous job and the model is truly beautiful! :-) I am glad you came in to defend good boudoir from its recent attacks :-)

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