So I’m finally doing it. I am finally attempting to have an “online presence”. I know many of my friends and peers have urged me to do it, but I just kept getting stuck with being overwhelmed with having a full-time job in San Francisco and also shooting most weekends and often weekday evenings during the summer and fall. So, ok, I did it and not only have I started it, but I have an update to share.
It’s been a long journey, but it’s finally coming together and I couldn’t be happier. For the longest time I always thought I’d have a “day job” and then my “side hustle” or my passion projects separate. This was somewhat sustainable for awhile, and I didn’t think I’d go full time unless I really felt satisfied and happy. To this point, I knew I loved photography and I never wanted to take away from that love. For the past two years I have photographed bigger weddings, but I just haven’t felt that deep emotional connection to it. Small, intimate weddings? Yes. Portrait sessions? Even more yes. Elopements? 1000% (I still feel that way, so HMU!).
Then I discovered boudoir. I actually don’t even know if I knew what it was before? I just know that I’ve been low-key obsessed for over a year and I couldn’t explain exactly why. Then, with time and really just slowing down, it started to click. Boudoir meant something to me because I truly, irrevocably love and support women and want to empower them to KNOW their worth. I have so many wonderfully beautiful women in my life (from the inside out) that I feel so blessed to know. I thought I’d always keep the circle small, but the more I got to know other women in SF and beyond (like on a recent workshop in AZ), I realized that it’s not just my circle that is full of beautiful souls, it’s the women around me and the many women I haven’t met yet. To me, boudoir is much more than external beauty, it’s about a woman getting to see herself in a different way. It’s incredibly empowering to see yourself outside of that body dysmorphia and hypercritical lens that we have for ourselves. We are beautiful and we deserve to celebrate that. Boudoir is that connection between photography and who I am as a person. As many of my friends can attest, I’m the BIGGEST advocate for women taking what’s theirs, living unapologetically, and becoming whomever they want to be. I want to share this with you. I promise, it’s an incredible experience. I’ve been able to photograph women who are happily engaged, happily in relationships, recently single, and struggling trough a breakup, and also those that just want to have these pictures because they’ve worked hard and want to remember this time in their life. The end result all seems to be the same, it ends up being more than just pictures as a gift of for documenting, it honestly changes you a bit.