11 Feb 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!
(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!
Q+A with Sarah
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
I would’ve done it sooner!
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I will DEFINITELY be doing more shoots in the future!
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!