A few months ago I was contacted by a women who was "at a crossroads" as she described. She wanted a boudoir session, but-"Here's the thing...I am a breast cancer survivor and I'm currently in the process of going through breast reconstruction from a double mastectomy that I had in April" she writes. She felt as though without her breasts, she was somehow less beautiful-less a woman. She asked if she should wait until after her full reconstruction to come in. I died inside when I read those words.
I leaped out of bed and yelled "No! No! Come in Now! Let me help you see!" After regaining composure, I wrote her back and convinced her to come in. You see, I don't think it’s your breasts-or your hair- or your hips- or butt-or waistline that makes you beautiful and feminine. I think its many things that makeup a woman. As the great Maya Angelou put it "It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman phenomenally."
After chatting back and forth, we decided on a date for her to come in. It just so happened to be in October-breast cancer awareness month! I spoke to my make-up artist Lisa Whittington and set out to find a hair stylist who would be willing to donate time and talent, to help us treat our very deserving survivor. Within 24 hours of putting out the call, I got a message from Doni, the owner of The Loft Salon in Prince Frederick and LaPlata, who offered her services.
Before she came in, I had envisioned this artistic creation of a women standing there draped in fabric holding out a flower where her breast once was. Soon after meeting her, I knew, this is not what she wanted, nor what she needed. She just wanted a boudoir session. A moment to feel pampered, to feel sexy again, to feel beautiful.
We started off with more of a glamour session, which is more conservative, and allows women to get comfortable in-front of the camera.
As we moved along, she became more comfortable with me, and I saw her start to change. I could tell she was feeling good, and a little different about herself. Her beautiful smile became genuine, she now had a spark in her eye.
It was time for her next outfit change, she brought lingerie. I could FEEL her hesitation, you could almost hear her inner dialog giving her the motivation to move completely outside her comfort zone. She looked amazing, and just as-if not more, beautiful than any other women I have photographed.
As the session came to an end, I had only hoped to make her feel what she had longed to feel. I hoped that she left there knowing that know matter what she is an amazing, strong, brave, beautiful, sexy, feminine-DIVA of a woman!
Clique Boudoir Photography