*Today I thought I would do something a little different. So often you hear my perspective on the sessions and how excited I am to see the transformation and end result. I reached out to a couple of ladies who have had a session with me and asked them to talk about their experiences on the other side of the lens. I will be sharing them from time to time and maybe you'll see yourself in their stories.
This is Jacque's story of her Tryst Boudoir session with me back in February. She's a bombshell as well and did such a fantastic job during her session I would swear she was she was a pro. ;) *
I have known Jaime for a while, and decided to go ahead and schedule a session. I wanted to do something special for my boyfriend as our 1 year anniversary fell on Valentine’s Day. I admitted to her that I was scared that I would be awkward and it wouldn’t end up looking nice. Jaime, already being a friend eased that worry, as we just chatted back and forth about her already having plans on what she wants to do with me. This actually surprised me. I don’t know what I was thinking -- that they don’t do any prep work -- that they just arrive and shoot off a whim. I have no idea, but hearing that she was doing research and planning put me completely at ease. I appreciated that so much. She took time out of her busy work week, with her full time job, as well as her sessions to put me at ease.
I’ve always been heavy. I don’t remember a time when I was below a size 22. The love of my life has helped my personal esteem to grow in ways I didn’t even know existed. Now, I live a life of no apologies, and no regrets. Going into this session, I was in a down spot in my life. I moved to Virginia with nothing, but my suitcase with a weeks worth of clothes. Working a full time job, and having the money to have a place of my own, but not having a place of my own. You would be amazed at how that can affect someone. I was down and feeling very disgusting.
The day I drove down to the session definitely wasn’t the best. Certain events caused things to not go the way I wanted, and I don’t handle sudden change very well. I arrived at the hotel stressed, with no make up, and wearing my comfy maxi dress. I looked a hot mess arriving at the room a bundle of nerves. I knocked on the door and I walked into a beautiful hotel suite. As soon as I laid my eyes on Jaime, I relaxed. I knew her. She knew me. I had nothing to hide or be ashamed of. It was an amazing feeling.
Then, the pampering! I loved having a professional do my make up and hair. It was a blast, because we did a little bit of experimenting on my eye make up and I ended up looking like a sexy beast. I immediately felt better.
The photo shoot, or rather, a session of friends laughing and chatting, while photos are taken. It was nothing like I expected. It felt almost natural and very comfortable. Awkwardness ensued at one point, but was quickly replaced by laughter and a change of outfit.
When we finished, I put my jeans and a nice shirt on, and felt like a million dollars! We chatted in the room for a while, and then left her to do her editing. When I left the hotel room, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I looked like a plus sized model!
In today’s society, when you look at yourself in the mirror you see all your flaws. You see every scar, every blemish, and every wrinkle. What Jaime does, is helps you to see you, the way everyone else sees you. She takes your raw pictures, and gives them a little buff with the photoshop (nothing too much) and reveals to you the real you. The you that is seen everyday by everyone. I have told and will continue to tell everyone I know about Hidden Exposure Photography, because it’s not just a photo shoot. This is a session, a session of friends, a session of laughter, a session of internal healing, to help you see you, how everyone else does.