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Well it’s that time again……….bikini season. How does that make you feel? After spending a long, cold winter covered up and warm it’s time to bare all and enjoy your summer in the sun. Unfortunately, for so many women, bikini season strikes fear at our very heart. But why?
It’s all due to shame. Shame: a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute which is the lack of respect from others. In all actuality, do our bodies in a bikini deserve this much power? Why do we allow something so superficial and only skin deep have this much rule over our life?
Why do women have shame for the one body that is theirs and theirs alone? Your body has scars, it has dimples, it has marks, it has blemishes and it has no other copy. No two are alike, just like a snowflake, every body is different and like no other and it helps make you exactly who you are. And that my dears is NOT shameful.
I have come to realize most all women have a bit of cellulite they are not proud of, most all have a stretch mark or blemish that the owner does their best to cover up. And we cover up, why? So no one else can see! So no can look at you, see that horrible mark and look at you with……you know the word………SHAME!
Why as women do we do this? We need to be proud of our bodies and we need to look at other women and build them up. Stop the cycle of shame, be proud of your marks, dimples and lines. They make you the wonderful woman you are. They are a map to the life you have lived. The accomplishments of motherhood or the scar left behind from your body making a miraculous recovery.
Our bodies do not show the beauty that hides beneath the surface. They don’t show the wonderful personality that is what makes you, you. I challenge you…..next time you see a woman in a bikini and are thinking of why she shouldn’t be wearing it, make a cognitive change. Look at her and think what a beautiful person and be proud for her, be happy for her that she is not ashamed of the person she is and the marks that make her body hers.
If there is one resounding note that I have discovered in the world of portrait photography and especially boudoir photography is that every woman we meet has something about their face or body they don’t like. Even the woman in the image shown here had them. I see beauty and they see imperfection.
I recall when I was a young girl I was very shy and self conscious. I was a little round and somewhat plain in my eyes. Every woman and young girl around me has faced these issues. I, to this day, still have many of those thoughts. I am the oldest of 3 sisters and the mother of 2 teenage daughters and I photograph women of all ages. I have seen and heard about this too many times to count. When my eyes see a beautiful girl and all I hear from her mouth is a stream of things she sees as wrong or ugly when she looks in the mirror, it’s just sad. I guess beauty being in the eye of the beholder couldn’t ring more true.
The key is to change the eye of the beholder. I wonder if there will ever come a time in the future when women are able to make this change and look at their reflections in the mirror and say ‘that is me and I am BEAUTIFUL’? I feel that this is a far reaching goal or possibly even a dream. I am not sure at what point along the way that this has become the mindset of women but it definitely happened.
We have been exposed to so much judgement about looks and body image. The ‘perfect’ body, as portrayed in society, is unattainable. I would go as far as to say that, even if a woman had that ‘perfect’ body she would still find something in the mirror to pick at. When will this be a thing of the past?
Raising 2 teenage girls in this society is quite the challenge. It is almost totally up to parents and family to fill their children with self confidence, raise them to see the beauty they have inside and out. It is NOT an easy task. They are exposed on every other side with the world’s ideas and that is hard to overcome. But repetition can work wonders. The more it’s said the more it’s heard and even believed.
To change these ideas we each have to do our part. We must build people up, don’t tear them down. It’s like that with any change that needs to be made. One little step at a time, one individual at a time. We need to switch focus from looks to health and well being. I certainly don’t have the answers on how to make this happen. But I can make the change within myself.
I can make sure my kids know how beautiful I think they are. And I can do that with every other person I come in contact with. A change of this nature in society CAN happen the question is WILL it happen?
I know I will do my part and WE will do our part! We work to make every woman that comes to us feel beautiful. Be it in a Boudoir session, Portrait session or a High School Senior session our focus is on our client. We make each of them FEEL beautiful and do our best to empower them with that. That’s our mission and it’s one I am proud of.
I absolutely LOVE color! As a child, when asked my favorite color I would say ‘rainbow’. I love them all. I think fall is one of the best times of year to photograph a wide variety of color. And what better to choose as a subject for such a colorful backdrop than a precious little girl?
A nice colorful outfit and bow really set off what I think is a gorgeous image. Who could resist that precious little face? There is so much personality hidden in those eyes.
We had a great time taking these pictures. These were taken at Neumier’s Nursery. They are a local nursery located on the North side of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The nursery itself is located in the yard area of the business owners, it is an awesome and quaint home town business. They have multiple photo opportunities set up on their property, free of charge to anyone wanting a great fall backdrop.
Here at Picture Perfect Photography our passion is capturing beautiful images of women. No matter the age, shape or color. We love making women look and feel fabulous. This little one may not actually ‘feel’ how she looks but her parents do and she is simply beautiful. And these will be images they treasure forever.
Now, it wouldn’t due to have a collection of fall baby images without a little Halloween witch in the mix. This is fall at it’s best……and I love it!!
We recently had an awesome session with a lovely bride. She was beautiful, sweet, happy and simply gorgeous inside and out. It was a pleasure working with her. She was almost a natural at being in front of a camera, yet she still had so many things she didn’t like about herself.
I have yet to understand why we as women have found ourselves in the constant state of lack of self confidence. Our wish is to change this…..even if it’s one woman at a time.
This is an image of this beautiful bride. She wanted to give a special gift to her groom. We absolutely loved every image we got of her, but she still had issues with them. It amazed me. Each time this happens I want and try so badly to show them, tell them and make them believe all the beauty they possess. It is and remains a work in progress with every client we have.
I love this job and the images we capture at Picture Perfect. We love working with each and every woman that contacts us. I feel it is a blessing to be able to use what we do to build up the self confidence that so many women seem to lack.
Every woman is amazing and beautiful. Now all we have to do is figure out a way for EVERY woman of EVERY shape, size and age to believe that. Belief is the biggest asset anyone can have. If you believe it of yourself you will exude that. People will see it and know the confidence you have in yourself and that is beautiful.
This is our goal and what we strive for each time we do a glamour/portrait or boudoir session. Each session of this nature is a huge step in the direction of self confidence for every woman we shoot and we are thrilled to be able to share in their journey.
So, you want to have a boudoir session? I say, THAT is an excellent idea!! (And by all means come see us here at Picture Perfect Photography, wink, wink). There is no other day you can take for you, that can do more to boost your self esteem, give you a happy feeling and allow that to spill over into all other aspects of your life. But there are so many questions and wonderings!
If you are like me, you like to have a plan. You like going into something with an idea of what to expect. You want to know you have done what is necessary and beneficial ahead of time to get the biggest bang for your buck. You want to know you did what you could to help make your experience that WOW experience you are after. There can be great fear in the unknown.
Well, I am going to help with some of those wants and wonderings. First of all, you need to book your session at least 3-4 weeks before you need your finished products. You have to give the photographer time to go through your session photos and to pick, edit, show you and order the products you want. You don’t want to be stressing over cutting time short and not getting your products when you need them.
You also need to go get that mani and pedi done. For Pete’s sake, go all out and treat yourself! Get this done a day or 2 before your session. The polish you use can make an impact as well. It is best to go with neutral and calm tones. Bright polish can put the focus of a photo on your hands and feet. More than likely, those are not the parts you want to be accentuated.
Be sure to drink plenty of water so that you are good and hydrated the day of your session. This can do absolute wonders for the look of your skin in your photographs. Hydrated skin is beautiful and healthy skin and it can even help with any bags under your eyes. And please, NO SPRAY TANS, unless you really like looking orange. This can be a real problem in pictures, and look very, well…….yucky.
I highly suggest having your makeup and hair done professionally. Besides being an awesome experience for yourself (who doesn’t want that) it can make your photographers job a bit easier AND help make your photos even that much more awesome! Decide if you want a sensual, glamorous or natural look in your photos and let the makeup artist and hair designer know what you are after, so they can make you up accordingly.
Okay, it’s time to get ready to go get it done! But you think, WHAT AM I GONNA WEAR?! Well hopefully, you have talked with your photographer and done your homework to pick outfits that fit the look you want. When you make your decision, make sure they fit your body but not too tightly. Tight clothes leave way too many creases in your skin and look a little awkward on camera. Also, if you have any sheer, see through items, make sure to remove any and all tags, no one wants to see silly tags peeking through in a photo.
If your photographer or you have any close up shots you want to get done it’s best to arrive at your session in loose fitting clothing and possibly a strapless bra. The less lines or marks on the skin the better the picture will be. And your photographer will love you even more! A button down shirt is a must as well, you don’t want to have to drag a shirt up and over your beautiful makeup and hair to get changed. Discuss your favorite features with your photographer to make sure those areas get preferential treatment, because making you happy is what we are after here.
And now my biggest, most hugest tip……..are you ready???
RELAX, RELAX, RELAX! The more tension and stress you have the more rigid your body is and you can see that tension all over you in your photographs. Just enjoy yourself, breathe, laugh and have fun! All of that will show up on camera and you will have that WOW factor you are hoping for.
I have been an outdoor girl since I was a child. It is something I love. I love the beauty of nature. I love the smells of grass, rain, and even trees, as well as all the natural landscape views. Outdoor photos have so many wonderful possibilities and I love being able to mix natural outdoor beauty into our portraits.
These are the kinds of photography sessions I love most. This was a glamour/boudoir session with a beautiful girl in the beautiful outdoors. This was a lot of fun (and yes it was a very private location). She had so much fun doing this session. She was only 3 months post baby and afterward she told us we made her feel sexy again in her own body.
That is EXACTLY what makes us LOVE what we do at Picture Perfect! It is an amazing feeling to know we have brought that kind of boost to a woman’s self esteem. It is some kind of wonderful!