February 8, 2020
What do you do for a living? I work for UW Hospital and Clinics as an analyst and I also bartend part time.
What made you decide to book a boudoir shoot? My best friend’s cousin did a boudoir shoot a year ago with Jolene and the pictures were amazing. My best friend then did it in October 2019 and sent me her photos. I was so impressed that I booked a shoot the next day. I figured I’m 50 and wanted to put myself out there and have pictures taken in a way that was beautifully and tastefully done. I’ve let my hair go grey, and I’m living in the moment with my age and figured this was also pushing the boundaries for me a bit more to experience life. In addition, since June of 2019 I’d lost around 20 pounds with the help of kickboxing 5-6 days a week, and I’m getting my self-esteem back. Why not add another step to getting that confidence back by doing something so out of the norm for me.
Did you have any fears going into your session? Yes, of course I did. I’ve gained 40 pounds due to menopause over the past 3 years. I’ve always been in good shape, so the weight gain had caused some self-esteem issues. I didn’t like seeing my body the way it is now. I have areas on my body that I still don’t like and was worried that those areas wouldn’t look good in a photo.
How was the actual session different from what you expected (if at all)? I thought I would be more nervous than I was. I felt very comfortable after the first 2-3 poses and just wanted to take in the experience. Going in, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to bare my chest, but as we were taking photos, I was comfortable in my own skin to do it. Jolene was very professional and I didn’t feel nervous letting my body show in front of a stranger. Plus, my best friend said I should do it since she thinks I have a chest of a 20-year-old. Why not bare the chest?
What was your favorite part of the entire experience? (hair and makeup, the shoot, image reveal, giving the images etc..) My favorite part was bringing my boyfriend of 11 years to see the photo slideshow with me and surprising him with topless photos. We both started to tear up during the slide show wondering how Jolene made me look so beautiful in all the shots. Just the sense of feeling beautiful for the first time in a long time made this experience so worth every penny for me. It has brought my confidence up, and I’m sharing these photos with friends, because I’m still in shock on how beautiful these pictures turned out. I’m embracing my body in a new light even with my flaws I still see. It was very hard to cut out pictures, because each had their own beauty to them. I came in only wanting a small number of photos, but ended up walking out with 30, plus larger prints.
How has the response been to your images? Everyone has been amazed by the photos and how tastefully they have been done, yet brings out the beauty in a woman’s body. Friends are now thinking about and have more interest in doing it. I can’t stop smiling and bragging about these photos. I’m not a showboat, or someone who wants or needs attention, so this has just lifted me up mentally. My boyfriend and I can’t stop looking at them. 🙂
What is your advice for women interested in a boudoir experience? I’m 50 and I went for it, even with all the flaws I see with my own body. I say just live in the moment and know that you are beautiful in your own skin. Why not show it off in a very tastefully, and in a sensual way. The experience alone was amazing and exhilarating.
Did anything change about the way you see your own beauty as a result of your experience? Yes. I feel beautiful at 50, and I have more confidence knowing that these photos are me and mine for the keeping. I just have to remember that and live in the moment and appreciate compliments when they are given. I can’t thank you enough Jolene for this experience. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and brought back some of the confidence I’ve lost along the way over the years.
As a photographer, the significance of intent cannot be overstated. I create photographs of women for themselves first and foremost. While some clients may choose to share their pictures with their significant others, my primary objective is to craft imagery for YOU first and foremost. I want you to look at your images and FEEL something. I want your images make you feel powerful, confident and self aware. I want your images to remind you of where you are right now. What you’ve overcome and where you are heading.
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