The Boudoir Legacy: Celebrating Life & Making Memories
This may be the most sensitive and heart felt blog post I have ever taken the decision to pen.
I want it to be just perfect, not only for me but also for the wonderful, courageous and strong woman who inspires these words.
I have been shooting professionally for almost two decades now.
And I thought I had seen it all.
But when an email came through last, my paradigm shifted.
The Enquiry That Gave Me a New Perspective On What I Do:
Every morning I find fresh requests in my inbox.
But this one was different. Unique.
It made me pause my prep and read it twice.
I will not be taking any names. But she will know when she reads this piece.
The request for the boudoir shoot was rather unusual. Because the woman I would be working with was suffering from a terminal illness. Without diving into the details which are personal and intense, let me just say that perhaps for the very first time in my career my revert was, “Why do you want to have a boudoir shoot done?”
I just had to know!
The answer moved me to tears.
Living Life without Regrets. Loving Unconditionally:
She told me that she had spent years hesitant and hemmed in by the criticism society heaped on women. She told me how much she regretted not chasing her dreams earlier…not saying “yes” to life and her definition of it. She told me that the diagnosis had shed light on how many opportunities she had missed because on some level she may have been trying to conform to tacit expectations.
She told me that she wasn’t afraid of leaving this life. She was heartbroken for those who would have to stay on and contend with the loss.
She said that there were two reasons why she had decided to invest in a boudoir shoot – one was to give herself the love, the pampering, the freedom and the positive attention she hadn’t and the other was to leave captured in beautiful clicks the essence of who she is for those who will mourn her absence.
Your Boudoir Shoot is a Legacy:
I know we often bring fun and humor to a boudoir shoot. And that is wonderful. But this interaction has shown me how much more profound the experience can be. That the boudoir session is a woman’s way of leaving a legacy! A legacy that is untarnished and uninhibited by what society’s norms are because once she steps into the studio, her fears, her worries, her regrets are shed. She glows bright and vital in the closest reflection of her true self. It is a bold proclamation of ‘I came. I lived. It might have been rough. But I wasn’t conquered’
I salute all the ladies out there who keep fighting each and every day. It is hard sometimes. But your life force makes this world a better place. Never stop praying for the miracle. It will come to you!
PS: I am doing a video interview with this inspiring woman and will have it up soon. Stay tuned for updates.