Jehna, a mother of two, approached me early in the year about a boudoir session. I could tell from our first phone call that she was strong and passionate. I followed up with her after the session to ask her about the experience.
For so long, I felt like I had only thought about beauty from a man's perspective and trying to be what he must find beautiful or sexy. I realized I was starting to develop my own definition of beauty and a way of appreciating it, and wanted to be a part of creating artful images that reflected/communicated my sense of beauty... a woman's sense of what's beautiful, aware that my definition of beauty is passed down to my daughter. I needed to demonstrate more self love for my body exactly the way that it is.
Upon receiving her images, Jehna describes feeling a range of emotions in both reflection and in analyzing herself in the photos.
When I first looked at the photos, I was very excited, but also quick to criticize the way I looked. I didn't like my smile in this one, or dimples in that one, or my pale skin. But I spent more time looking through them over days and weeks, and slowly, my thoughts, my self-talk started to change. Pale became "porcelain", dimpled and fat became "sexy and curvy, soft and womanly", and I fell more in love with photos that I had initially excluded from my "list". I have developed more self love. And I have a desire to continue to "document" and explore my definition of beauty through further photography sessions over time...capturing exactly where I am, and loving it!
I'm beyond honored, reading what she said about working with me.
I think there's also something to Shannon’s way with clients. I felt incredibly comfortable and encouraged with her behind the camera, through her easy demeanor and accepting and loving encouragement. I also knew she would help create the kind of images I wanted; something from a woman's perspective, with an artful eye. I wanted to be part of creating a beautiful piece of art, and I had confidence that Shannon could do that. She was a partner in creating something beautiful and also making me feel beautiful.