Within a week of each other I had two clients who were both doing their boudoir shoot as a gift for their 1 year wedding anniversary, and this was the second client. She chose a beautiful 30 page album for her husband, which comes in a classic box and also includes a CD of all purchased photos retouched and high resolution.
As it is the end of the year tomorrow, it is time for me to reflect on what I am grateful for this year.
Firstly I want to thank all my clients of 2016 – I am grateful to every one of you. When you choose me to be my photographer I don’t take that lightly, I know it comes with a lot of trust in me and my work.
Secondly, I am so grateful for finally having my own studio space, which is a beautiful space that has evolved this year. It has really helped me to develop my own style and create beautiful consistent work for my clients.
I believe in the law of attraction and vision boards, and this is from my vision board many years ago. An overseas photographer had shared this photo of their photography studio space online and I fell in love with it and put it on my vision board. I had wanted a beautiful natural-light home studio for over 5 years before it happened. It didn’t come quickly, but wow am I thankful it finally happened. To those of you who have a dream, please do not ever give up that it will come.
As a boudoir photographer who specialises in taking beautiful photos of women, maternity photography seems like such a natural extension of my business. So I am excited to now be offering maternity sessions!
Before specialising in boudoir photography 5 years ago, I was a family photographer for 10 years. So I have had a lot of experience with maternity sessions. The best time to have your maternity photo shoot is 4 weeks-6 weeks before your due date. You don’t want to have your photo shoot too early as then your bump won’t be as prominent. And you don’t want to wait too late as I know so many ladies who have had their babies weeks early and then missed out on having their maternity photos done.
Here are some photos taken this week in my Brisbane studio. Jen had such a large belly, as she is due in just a few weeks.
Julia Roberts wrote this on her Facebook recently and it caused quite a response:
“Perfection is a disease of a nation. We overlay our faces with tons of make-up. We get botox and even starve ourselves to become that perfect size. We try to fix something but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s the soul that needs the surgery. It’s time that we take a stand. How can you expect someone else to love you if you don’t love yourself? You have to be happy with yourself. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s whats on the inside that counts. Today, I want to put up a makeup-free photo. I know I have wrinkles on my skin but today I want you to see beyond that. I want to embrace the real me and I want you to embrace who you are, the way you are, and love yourself just the way you are.”
Some of Julia’s words came from a song written by Sia and sung by Beyoncé called ‘Pretty Hurts’. It is a beautiful song about loving and accepting yourself. I love this version of it by singer Louisa Wendorff.