September 8, 2022

My Plus-Sized Boudoir Portrait Session Experience 

We all have our perceived flaws. You know, those flaws that you're convinced everyone else sees and judges you on even more harshly than you do yourself. Seriously though, you are your own worst critic and no one else even notices those perceived flaws that plague you. 

There was a time that I didn’t think I was pretty. I thought it was a fluke that I took beautiful photos twice in my life. The first time was the day I sat for my senior portraits and the second time was on my wedding day. However, about 15 years ago I started wondering if I was pretty twice, maybe I'm missing something on the other days. I even went so far as to ask the guy I was dating what he saw in me.  It took some time, but I started to see that it wasn't just a fluke on those two days. 

So, fast forward to present day...You may notice that I post a lot about self confidence and positive body image. Well even though I’ve come a long way in accepting my body, I still have my moments. So, those posts are as much for me as they are for you. A little reminder never hurts anyone, right?!


Just a mid portrait session selfie I took feeling beautiful! 

Plus-Sized Perceived Flaws...

As a bigger girl, I have a long list of perceived flaws, and like many of you, some days I struggle with accepting those flaws.  If you’ve known me or looked back through my images, you can tell that my weight has fluctuated and recently I’ve put on weight again.  Unfortunately, your confidence level can will often ebb and flow with the numbers on the scale.  However this time, I didn’t want to sit back and let my self confidence slip away because of it.   I wanted to feel empowered, sexy and confident again. Since this is how my client's feel after a boudoir portrait session, I felt it was time, extra weight and all, to experience my very own boudoir photoshoot.  Maybe that’s a drastic step, but if I can be at my heaviest weight and still feel beautiful, empowered, sexy and confident in my body during my plus-sized boudoir portrait session, then it’s exactly what I need!  

The Feels and Fears Before My Plus-Sized Boudoir Portrait Session 

In order to me to fully understand the wide range of emotions my clients go through before their boudoir portrait session, I felt it was important to experience it myself. I mean seriously, a boudoir photo session requires a moderate level of vulnerability! Even though I remained clothed throughout the session, my fear and anxiety was getting the better of me prior to the photo session.  Even though I knew it was a great idea for a variety of reasons, actually stepping in front of the camera scantily clad was still a gigantic step outside of my comfort zone! My idea of being comfortable is jeans and a T-shirt, so to strut around in skin tight lingerie, lace robes, or a bra and sexy panties provoked fear and a lot of anxiety! That being said, the nerves, fear, and anxiety were quickly squashed. I never once felt self conscious, inferior because of my weight or imperfect in any way!! Honestly, things you fear ahead of time are FAR worse than actually going through with it!

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Every Woman Deserves a Boudoir Portrait Experience

Not only did I feel better about myself than I had in a long time, but my heart was full because I know this is how my clients feel and I am so grateful to be part of their transformation! I’ve witnessed my clients go from nervous, reluctant, and self conscious to uninhibited, confident, free and fully aware of their beauty.  If I asked my boudoir photographer, I'm sure she would say the same thing about me! 

Needless to say, experiencing my very own boudoir session was an absolutely memorable and valuable experience for me! I realized that all the fears, anxiety, stress, and feelings of inadequacy that I had leading up to the experience were all in my head. Once I was there and actually in the moment, it was a beautiful, self loving experience!  Plus, it was an invaluable learning experience from a business standpoint, but I won’t bore you with the business aspects.  All I will say was that it was 1000% worth it!! I truly wish every woman would experience a boudoir portrait session!  You'll finally get to see yourself the way your significant other sees you. You'll reconnect with the self confidence you’ve been missing and it'll help you accept yourself as is and find self love. 

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Credit for the portrait of me goes to Bethany Johs 
About the Author Amy Paris Jackson

Amy is a professional portrait photographer in NW Indiana. She specializes in glamour and boudoir photography because she takes great joy in empowering women of all ages and sizes to look and feel beautiful. She also loves watching her clients’ self-confidence, self-accept, and self-love re-emerge during their photoshoots as they see how truly beautiful they are.

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