I am the one in five women* who will be raped at some point in their life. I am the one in three women* who will experience some sort of sexual violence during their lifetime. I am one of the 63% of individuals* who do not report their sexual assault to law enforcement.
I want to share a little part of my story with you. I don’t like to call myself a survivor because I’m not sure that is the right term to use, but I went through something like a lot of other people out there; however, there is more to my story than just being raped or sexually assaulted.
I figured out strong isn’t keeping quiet and dealing privately. It’s having the strength to stand in the sun. To talk about the things that hurt deeply, being honest with myself, asking for help when I need it.
I’m over the moon Miss K came in for a session back in January and I was even more excited to get her client feedback survey and hear all the ways this session lead to her spending more time on self care, self love and just an overall investment in herself! Seriously, my absolute favorite part of being a photographer is getting to celebrate and encourage women.
This September I’m SO excited to share my love of my favorite European cities and boudoir with my Fearlessly Feminine tribe! Today we’re talking all about PARIS! Mark your calendars because I’m offering boudoir sessions in the city of lights on September 16th, 17th and 18th.
Miss M, photographing you was such a pleasure, and I genuinely appreciate the opportunity to work with you! Thank you for your openness to share your session with other women who are considering doing a shoot; you are fearless!
Can I just say I about broke out into a dance party when this redhead walked in for her shoot?! I didn’t want to come on too strong, but it’s rare I get a beautiful redhead in for a boudoir session, and I was jazzed! There’s nothing I want more than for everyone to be able to look at the Fearlessly Feminine feed and see themselves in the images.
I will cherish my boudoir experience forever. Seeing the look on Will’s face when he opened the album brought me so much joy -- and not because he thought that every single shot was beautiful. It was because I didn’t have a shred of doubt that anyone else’s reaction to the images would change the way I viewed myself and who I’ve become -- a strong, beautiful, capable, and empowered AF woman.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. There’s nothing I love more than when a babe comes in for a session just for her. And it’s just extra flattering when she’s in her 20s and dedicating her funds to an experience with me!
First things first! I’d like to formally congratulate this stunning woman on her recent engagement to the love of her life. Michelle, seeing you grow over the past 5 years has been so beautiful! Congratulations again. He’s one lucky man!
I’ll be honest, I just didn’t know any better. At the time I thought keeping silent would hurt less than recounting aloud the graphic details that still haunt me. The first time I remember feeling violated I couldn’t have been more than nine. The bulk of the abuse happened when I was in high school, barely sixteen. He was over twice my age. I was abused by a family member, someone I loved. It was extremely difficult for me to separate the abuse from the grooming I experienced for years. I love his kids and his wife. I felt like it was my fault. I didn’t know who to tell. I was unimaginably ashamed. I was afraid my family would hate me. Not being believed, scared me. Going through a trial, petrified me. I felt alone and not supported.
Not only was this a gift for herself, but she chose to share her experience with her husband on their wedding day. As he opened her album and flipped through the pages, he gushed about how beautiful she was and how privileged he was that in just a few short hours he got to marry her.
Mrs. L chose to do a Fearlessly Feminine session for her 5 year wedding anniversary as a present for her hubby! She and her husband have two kids, and she wanted to celebrate their life together with some gorgeous photos that they could have forever.
This gorgeous woman came in for a session for her damn self! Which I LOVE! She came to one of my Fearlessly Feminine parties three years ago. She connected with my brand and committed to herself that she'd save up and do a session!