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Write Your Own Story | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Write Your Own Story | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I saw something yesterday that said, “Write your own story”. How can those 4 words evoke so much inside of me? About an hour before reading those words, I discovered something I wrote when I was in the middle of my darkest year (2017). I had lost my dog, my grandfather, my uncle and my grandmother, all within a few months. I then asked my husband for a divorce. I was spiraling, but maintaining (it was only from having support from those around me). What I wrote on the pages of my journal was why it was so important for me to write my own story.

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Boudoir Sessions Serve a Greater Purpose | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Boudoir Sessions Serve a Greater Purpose | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I still get people who don’t understand boudoir. They think it’s purely sexual, vain, or pointless. I can keep putting up blog posts that explain why they are so much more than that. I can try to explain it in my own words (which I’ve done several times). But, what I think speaks the loudest are words from other women who have been photographed by me.

This one hits way too close to home for me. M (we’ll call her) isn’t sharing the photographs with the public because of her job. I reached out to her and asked if she would be willing to share her story, though. I told her that her words might really need to be read by someone who is in the depths of hell. I wish that more women had talked about their struggles when I was in my marriage. There were so many times I felt shameful and alone. E is allowing me to share one photo and her words.

I want to point out that not every woman that I photograph is “broken” or going through hard times. I photograph women who are engaged, married, divorced, have kids, can’t have kids, don’t want kids, have done boudoir sessions before, have never done boudoir sessions before, and so on. But, this is E’s story and it’s a pretty damn powerful one.

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Celebrating Your Body | West Palm Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Celebrating Your Body | West Palm Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

This is a woman that I have photographed a couple of times. I have photographed her wedding and a few other sessions. When she wrote to me about it finally being the time to do a boudoir session (we had been playing with the idea for years), I had to know why NOW? What was it that finally gave her that push to get outside of herself and be vulnerable. What I wasn’t expecting was how much her answer would resonate with me. I truly believe she speaks for so many women…

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Intimate Couples Boudoir | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Intimate Couples Boudoir | West Palm Beach Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

This gorgeous, in-home, couples boudoir session is featured on Embrace Magazine today!

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Fitness Model Miami Boudoir Session | Miami Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Fitness Model Miami Boudoir Session | Miami Boudoir Photographer | Shannon Griffin

It’s incredible to photograph so many different women of varying body shapes. Women are so beautiful and I love that they trust me with such intimate moments. We are so hard on ourselves, even for the smallest imperfections. My goal is to crush that stigma with every single photo session.

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