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Confidence boost.

by Jade Aldridge 3 months ago in photography

Boudoir photo shoot.

Confidence boost.

Many women struggle with their image, i'm too fat, i'm too thin, my boobs are not perky enough, i have a belly pouch, all these things and more are what girls and women think about themselves on a daily basis, i know i do.

It is hard to pick out things you like about yourself and yet it is easy to pick at our flaws.

Over the years i have tried many things to build my confidence and made myself comfortable in my own skin, a few years ago i never would have even thought of a boudoir shoot to be something i could do, after a few months together my partner decided to get me an experience with a boudoir photo shoot because he wanted me to see myself the way he saw me.

I have not yet seen the results of my time at studio 8 but i know one thing, that doing that photo shoot i went from feeling stupid to feeling sexy and confident, as the hour went by i started to feel more comfortable and relaxed in the poses, i can truly say i would recommend it to anyone who see themselves in a negative way.

For those of you that don't know what a boudoir photo shoot is, you take in some items of lingerie, whether it is a bra and underwear set, classy nude photos or a full set and they will do your makeup professionally for you to go take shots with a photographer.

The point of this session is to make you feel empowered, make you believe you are sexy and to show you a side of yourself you never get to see.

The reviews on boudoir alone should prove how much you will love the session. Here are some reviews below.

"It’s done more for my confidence than anything else in the past 10 years"

‘For the first time in 14 years, my wife now understands exactly how I see her body’

‘I actually sobbed my way through the gallery of pictures because I couldn’t believe (& still can’t!) that these were all of me!!! They are amazing!!’

‘In fact it’s probably the best therapy you never even knew you needed.’

As someone with severe anxiety I was terrified to go to studio 8, so many questions ran through my mind, who would see me half naked? Was I going to have to go in alone? will i look stupid? The photo shoot itself may start uncomfortable and a bit stiff but the more you get out of your head and into the poses you start to feel a lot more confident in what you are doing. By the end of my shoot I agreed to tasteful nudes to be taken and I don't regret it one bit.

If you aren't at the point where you feel comfortable enough for the shoot or just want more ways to help boost your confidence here is a list of ways you can use.

-Start off by noting all negative thoughts and writing them on a piece of paper or in a diary. Ask yourself when you first started to think these thoughts.

Next, challenge these negative beliefs by providing evidence against it, for example if you write "nobody cares about me" you can challenge that thought by writing "My best friend calls every day to catch up".

Write down other positive things about yourself, such as "I'm thoughtful" or "I'm a great cook" or "I'm someone that others trust".

- Spend time around positive people, people that compliment you and appreciate you.

- Start saying no, some people say yes to everything in their life because they don't like to offend other people, but doing things you don't want to do will only bring resentment and anger into the relationships.

Jade Aldridge
Jade Aldridge
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Jade Aldridge

i am a 24 year old mum and step mum to 3. i have a pull to writing, but i am still learning. My hope is to eventually have some kind of income from my writing.

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