CLIENT FEATURE :: Goddesses Unite | Austin Boudoir Photography

HMUA:  Unleashed by Lauren
Wardrobe Stylist:  Michelle Rodriguez
Photographer:  Elizabeth Zimmerman

I’ve known Miss Sarah for years.  We’ve talked about her doing a boudoir photo shoot for…years.  She’s an incredible actress, improv comedienne and musician.  I just knew her session would be explosive.  And — she did NOT disappoint.

It was one of those sessions where we were so emotionally connected, it was almost as if we were both on the verge of tears quite a few times.  It was inspirational, to say the least.

Sarah booked her shoot as a groom’s gift for her upcoming wedding.  She brought her adorable “Beauty and the Beast” themed heels.  LOVE THEM!

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(Doing this shoot) has reminded me that women are all so damn incredible, we just occasionally need other incredible women to remind us of this, and give us permission to remind ourselves!  That’s what this shoot did for me, it gave me permission to say “HELL YES I AM GORGEOUS!” And to be able to more fervently pass that same message along to all the amazing women I know!  You are great!  I am great!  We are all goddesses!

Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir

Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir

Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir

Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir

Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir

 

Q+A with Sarah

Why did you book a boudoir session? What’s your story?
I booked a session because I was getting married and I always wanted to do a boudoir shoot, so I thought a wedding gift for my husband was a good excuse!
Going into the shoot, were you worried or nervous about anything?
Yes.  Over the past few years I have struggled with some health issues that caused me to gain a significant amount of weight- almost 50 lbs – and I have been feeling out of touch with my body and my sensuality.  I was scared that I would feel like I didn’t look my best, or that I would feel too “heavy” or not pretty enough to shoot at all.  I didn’t want to feel like someone trying too hard to look good.
Looking back on the planning process, do you feel like you were given adequate information and references to help you prepare for your shoot?
Yes, the planning stages were so important and all the tips and tricks were invaluable!  I loved the emails I received close to my shooting time with timelines on when to wax what and things like that.  Haha!
What would you tell other women about doing a boudoir shoot with Torrid Boudoir?
Do it. Just do it.  My only regret is not doing it sooner!  It gave me so much confidence back.  It reconnected me to my femininity, my sensuality, my inner goddess!  I know that might sound cheesy, but it is 1000% true.  Not only did the actual shoot and the resulting photos give me a huge confidence boost and make me appreciate my wonderful body in ways I NEVER had, but the time leading up to the shoot also helped.  I spent the week before my shoot pampering myself and just doing that, more than I normally would, started to give me some confidence back!
What was your favorite part of your session?
Oh man, I think it would be almost impossible for me to pick one thing really…  If I have to say just one thing, my favorite part of my session was really reconnecting to a part of myself that I hadn’t been able to connect with in a while, and that is my performance self.  I have spent a major part of my professional life acting and performing, and my health issues made me put that on the back burner.  Doing that didn’t help my confidence issues at all, and this shoot was the first time in years that I felt like I was back to being the old me.  I felt more like myself than I had in ages, which I know sounds weird since in a way I was “performing” again, but that’s what I was meant to do and being able to have a safe space to do that was amazing.  The Torrid Boudoir Team made me feel so supported in my choices and so confident in my posing.  It was the best!
Is there anything you would have done differently?
I would’ve done it sooner!
Would you have another boudoir shoot with Torrid Boudoir in the future?
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I will DEFINITELY be doing more shoots in the future!
What changes have you noticed in yourself after your photo shoot with Torrid Boudoir?
Overall appreciation for my body and my self again.  It’s positively impacted my life in almost every way, from how I interact with my husband and friends, to how I empower other women at work through the beauty and style industry.  It’s reminded me that women are all so damn incredible, we just occasionally need other incredible women to remind us of this, and give us permission to remind ourselves!  That’s what this shoot did for me, it gave me permission to say “HELL YES I AM GORGEOUS!” And to be able to more fervently pass that same message along to all the amazing women I know!  You are great!  I am great!  We are all goddesses!
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
Goddessses Unite | Torrid Boudoir
We have also welcomed Sarah to our Torrid Boudoir Beauty team!  She is now one of our official wardrobe stylists.  Yay!  So happy to have you Sarah!

Sarah, thank you so much for everything.  I am so blessed to call you my friend and now my teammate!  XOXO

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