Today I was looking around on the interwebs for inspiration and came across this article in Magnolia Rouge (one of my favorite wedding inspiration sites).
These images are STUNNING. Absolutely stunning. I love the airiness, the light, but above all I love that these are unique. They are personal because they are telling a story. They bring the Bride's talents and passion into the session and it takes it to the next level.
I am a firm believer in the idea that you must do things for yourself first. While this may sound selfish at first, it's actually quite the opposite. For example, in an emergency situation on a plane adults are asked to first put on their own oxygen mask and then help their child. You have to make sure you are in a place to help others. Elizabeth Gilbert goes into this topic in her book, "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear." If you're into living creatively, I highly suggest you check it out. It's kind of my jam right now.
This is a lesson that I have really taken to heart over the past year as a new Mom. It used to be that I could push myself beyond my limits. I was notorious for pushing hard until I emotionally and physically crashed and burned. As a Mom though, I HAD to take care of myself first. I had to eat enough calories to breastfeed. I had to sleep when I could or I wouldn't later. I had to take moments of peace when I got them to stay sane. (Those should be HAVE since it's still ongoing!) But I believe these principals also flow over into our passions and our personal needs. Even if you do a selfless job like volunteering for charity, it has to be because you love it for you first. Otherwise you won't be able to give of yourself more and more.
So what the hell does all this have to do with getting naked and taking pictures? As I have stated many many times. Bare Sessions (or boudoir if you're fancy) are all about vulnerability, openness, and trust. And therefore they need to be for yourself first. You are giving of yourself, you are opening yourself up, and you are allowing someone else to see YOU. And I truly believe that is a beautiful thing to share. And SHOULD be shared. But if you are doing it because you want someone to see you a certain way, or to strive for perfection, or to be someone your not...it falls flat. Authenticity is the key to beauty in my opinion. Authenticity is what takes those images to the next level. So be you. Be true to yourself. Be passionate. And do it for you.