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For ten years I have been writing about body image and loving ourselves, as we are… it was as much for me as it was for all of you. The truth is, for most of my 39 years, this has been a constant internal fight and struggle that I have had within. It is madness and it must stop.
Ten years ago I stopped voicing my self-loathing because I wanted to be a role model and set an example for my two girls, and with all my heart I do not wish this on them. It has since then it became an internal struggle, nothing major and that is the most destructive, because it’s so subtle and subliminal we don’t even realise it.
Over the past couple of months I dropped everything to see what rises… you know when you just need to press the reset button and all of a sudden I had a hunger to make a real change. Long lasting change, and for me to do that, I needed to get real and HONEST.
As I began to explore and expose my naked truth, it was the biggest awakening, I have ever had… Extremely confronting, tough and equaling amazing, so I did something so nerve wrackingly scary in order to walk my talk.
I stripped down (literally) to see the woman who would rise.
Partnering with Urban Life Photography for my first ever lingerie photo shoot.
So scared, but determined to do it.
Having experienced many photo shoots over time, this one was like no other. Edwin (my photographer) and his team were nothing short of amazing and specialise in boudoir photographer (an extremely important factor I now know!)
Having selected my lingerie with BraStop, I selected pieces that both suited my personality and pushed me out of my comfort zone. That was the easy part!
The lead up was really good, I consulted with the Urban Life team as to what “look” I wanted and more importantly, how I wanted to feel when I was looking back at the photos captured!
Ash, did my hair and makeup and she was delightful, calming my nerves and really understood the look we wanted to achieve. I shared my intention of the photo shoot was “to look at the photos and see my soul.” Next came the studio and the shoot, I had no idea what poses to do and was really clueless. So many photographers have said to me in the past “OK, now do your thing…” and I am left standing there trying to be a model… I am not.
Edwin really understands the female form and body shapes, and the entire photo shoot was really based around that. He explained where and what he was looking at throughout the shoot and completely understanding of my vulnerability. I was like a piece of clay he was moulding and bringing to life a piece of art. He gave me every single pose, at no time was I left thinking “what in the world am I suppose to be doing!
The most daunting part of the entire day was the moment before “the viewing” where I would face my demons as I looked at the photos. What I saw left me breathless and emotional.
I was in awe of the woman I saw, no harsh feelings, self-hate or wishing I looked a different way, just me as I am. I see my soul when I look at the photos, each one capturing a different part of me.
I saw fierce, powerful woman.
I am fierce, and vulnerable, and exposed, and real, and powerful.
For the first time in my life I felt an internal peace I have never felt before… it was the most magical feeling.
No longer a fight, but a beautiful dance.
I am so grateful that Edwin challenged me (in the most respectful way) because the images I had sent him for the “look” they were all laying down and he said to me “I think you will be amazed at how good your body can look standing up, do you want to try some standing up?”
I said I trusted him and I am so glad I did, I unconsciously wanted to “hide” myself. I will hide no more and it is because of you Edwin, THANK YOU.
Thank you to Mick from Linchpin studios that captured it on video so we can share the message and hopefully inspire women to love themselves as they are.
Everyone needs to experience a boudoir photo shoot, it is seriously the most amazing thing you can do for yourself!
First I want to thank all involved in my photo shoot last Saturday – Stephanie for your patience with me choosing the final shots. From the moment I made contact with you, the detailed conversations and frequent contact before arriving, the warm welcome, the way everything was so organised, the super friendly make up artist she was so lovely AND talented! A huge thanks to the lovely make up artist Jade – She really did a great job made a huge difference for the photos. A very special thanks to the fun Edwin the photographer – put me at easy in about 2 seconds – ok maybe 20 – but relaxed me enough to take at least some amazing photos of me (hate having my photos taken). Edwin the photographer also very talented photographer and a very warm and easy-to-get-along with photographer (they’re not all like that!). I would not hesitate recommending your studio, the whole experience was really fantastic. I’d recommend this studio to any friend or family member in the area. Particularly as you know I had so many reservations about having my photos taken it was a surprisingly beaming experience. I can’t thank you and everyone there enough. Never thought I’d say really looking forward to my photos! Thank you so much for putting me at ease. Many thanks and kind regards
I would like to say a huge thank you to the team, i could not have hoped for better results. You were so welcoming and i would highly recommend you to anyone.
100% enjoyed myself and each and everyone of you made me feel comfortable. I saw a side of myself I’ve never seen before and never thought it existed. If it wasn’t for all of you there I wouldn’t have seen that. Can’t wait to get my prints. Highly recommended 🙂
It was great fun and loved how the team was friendly and relaxed and easy to get along with 🙂 thanks for the experience! I had fun!!
I absolutely love your photos. Michael does an absolutely fabulous job on the hair and make up and he makes me look better than I ever thought I could look. Your photographers are also skilled with both composition and lighting and they really know what they are doing. We have come twice and have had photos with your team. Visit 1 (16th Oct 2011) We went crazy with our dress up and had amazing photos ranging from the casual look to the more formal photos that our parents appreciated as gifts. It was fun!. Visit 2 (Nov 2012) For our second visit, I wanted a softer look with both hair and make-up and Michael translated this perfectly. I also wanted a lighter background for a corporate shot, which again the team responded to so well. Also important, is that there is never the pressure of the hard sell, which is not the case with other companies, as for this 2nd visit we were only looking for a couple of specific photos. Digital cameras have changed the landscape for photographers. Your work, your photographers however are second to none for quality, fabulous results and value.
Omg it was so much fun! The team are so friendly and the studio has this sweet vibe
First time in front of the camera and absolutely loved it. Felt so comfortable it was a great environment to be in and the staff are absolutely amazing. Shout out to Nikki for amazing hair and makeup. I felt like a celebrity on the red carpet and to Edwin for capturing most amazing pictures. I was absolutely jaw dropped when i went to the viewing session. Will definitely recommend to family and friends and thank you for a fantastic experience of a lifetime.
Had an amazing time at my photoshoot. Everything was so professional and well organized from the moment i walked in. Thanks to everyone on the team. I love everyone of my pics. Thanks for a great experience.
Wonderful experience and the photos came out perfect. Couldn’t have asked for better people to capture such a great moment in my life 🙂
We had a great time at the studio. The photoshoot was great. The print was fantastic. For us it was 10/10
I had the best time doing my photo shoot. The whole day and the lead up to the day was very exciting due to how well I was being taken care of. Photographer was great, he made me feel very comfortable and like I could do anything in front of the camera and feel brave. Thanks so much for my awesome experience x
We had a great time at the shoot! The photographer was great in developing a rapport and put us at ease straightaway. Very happy with the final outcome – the pics turned out great.
We really enjoyed the relaxed, fun atmosphere at the studio and the photos that we chose were excellent. Would recommend the Urban Life experience to others.
We came to Urban Life Photography for some photos to be taken of our children. We found Edwin was great with the kids making the experience a lot of fun for them and that showed in the photos. We were very pleased with the outcome, Edwin was able to get some beautiful shots of our twins (it is always hard to get a good photo of 2 children together). The were so many great photos it was hard to choose a selection. We still receive compliments from people who visit our home and see the photos on the wall.
Our Urban Life pictures never go unnoticed! They are admired and commented on by every visitor to our home! They have captured the lige and energy within our girls so beautifully and we will treasure them always! And we are aleady discussing the timing to get some new images done once number three jooins us later this year 🙂 Thankyou for your professionalism, skill and affordability! The quality of your work will be treasured by us for a long time to come!
I had a wonderful experience from the moment we stepped into the studio. I like that the time was used very efficiently. The photos are amazing. They have become a memorable addition to our family collection. The last family photos for my ex husband and me to keep. Although if I knew that 4 month later we will split up I would ordered more prints of boys together or me and boys together instead of many family shots. I enjoy looking at the photos everyday in my living room
Very lovely place! Perfect team that really made me feel like a superstar for the day
The team behind Urban Life Photography is pure awesomeness. I recently went for a photo shoot with my boyfriend and, being terrified of cameras, I was expecting the worst. Turns out I had a blast, everything from the make-up session to the shoot and picture showing was welcoming, fun and yet extremely professional. The result was mind blowing. Definitely stopping by next time I go to Aussie! Cheers from South America!