Location: AirBNB – Lincoln City, OR
Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Fajardo
My mother is an incredible woman. Strong, brave, talented, smart, stunning – she really has it all. She has taught me so much about what it means to be a confident and successful woman, yet I’ve always felt she didn’t quite feel the same way about herself. When she approached me about doing a shoot, I was thrilled. This was it, my chance to show her what the world has been seeing all this time. It’s been absolutely incredible to watch her transformation since the shoot. See our Q&A below:
What was the most challenging thing for you leading up to the shoot?
A shoot was all I wanted for my Mother’s Day gift in May 2013, but it was just recently that I finally booked a date and an AirBNB on the Oregon coast. For months I delayed and delayed because I wanted to lose a few pounds. Yet I gained ten. I knew I just had to trust in your talent. Time and time again I have seen you find the beauty in your subjects. I truly believed you could find that glimpse of “Ooo, who’s that?” I would occasionally see in the mirror. In any case, I finally stopped waiting on the weight and took the leap.
How did you feel after the shoot?
I still can’t believe the joy I felt that day and the days following. The overall experience was incredibly powerful and left me feeling more self-confident and sexy then I’ve felt in years and the feeling has lasted! Never, in my wildest dreams did I think my favorite photos would be in my bathing suit. In fact, the day of the shoot I wanted to scratch that outfit altogether for fear of showing too much but you insisted and I’m so glad you did because I love how free and open I look in those images. They remind me that I am still beautiful. I haven’t lost it, I had just forgotten. I am forever grateful for that. I’m even thinking about dating again! I’d liken this experience to a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy. It was that restorative and life altering.
What was the most surprising thing that came from the shoot for you?
It’s interesting because before the shoot, like I said, I was desperately trying to lose weight. Now, in the months following, I am finding the weight coming off easier than ever. I have a new compassion and respect for my body that wasn’t there before and am finally working in tandem with it, instead of against. Now that I know in my core that I’m beautiful, the rest comes easy. What a thought! I’ll absolutely be doing this again in the coming years to keep this feeling alive.
I am beyond thrilled that this experience did so much for her! I couldn’t be happier. I love you so much Mom! For all the other amazing Moms out there – treat yourself to a boudoir shoot this Mother’s day! Wherever you’re at, don’t worry about it being perfect, because perfect is now. You deserve to feel amazing. Believe me, you’re ready.
All my love,
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