There’s something transformative and healing about a boudoir shoot. I’m so honored to be a part of the empowerment process that each of these beautiful ladies goes through, and I’m always amazed by the metamorphosis that takes place. The brilliant Ms. D’s story is a perfect example of how courageously inspiring these women can be. As a survivor of sexual assault, Ms. D brought light to the darkest of situations and truly embodies the empowerment that boudoir photos can bring. I took a moment to ask Ms. D what her motivation for this photo shoot was.
Here’s her story:
“To be honest, I wanted to take charge of my sexuality again. I’ve always been in touch with my sexuality, but after I was sexually assaulted I felt like I lost my sparkle. Doing this shoot signifies the beginning of my recovery. Being sexy doesn’t mean yes!
After my assault I hid from my sexuality. I was afraid of it. Looking back, I think that’s because I blamed myself, in part, for my attack. I blamed my sexuality. I grew ashamed of it and began to consider it a weakness. I’ve started to see light through my darkness and I now know that my sexuality had nothing to do with my experience. I didn’t deserve to be attacked because I felt comfortable in my skin.
I did this shoot because I wanted ME to feel comfortable with ME again. My attacker doesn’t get to take anything else from me. My sexuality is MINE and I’m damn proud of it! I used to love modeling my own clothes in fashion competitions when I was kid, so it felt good to be in front of the camera again. Thank for you for everything.”
If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual assault you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or reach out through their Online Chat.
Hair and makeup by Liz Martin of Noche Azul Spa
Have you thought about booking your own shoot? I would love to chat with you! You can give me a call directly at 814-931-2170. You can also email me at info@BoudoirbyJenniferSmith.com. I can’t wait to hear from you!