When was the last time you saw yourself like others do? Celebrated you and everything has made you, you? Let's learn a little bit about Jodi and what brought her to the Couture Black Studio.
We are honored for Jodi to tell you a little bit about herself
"Tell you about me..........how to do that to give a clear picture of me. Should I talk about my alcoholic/drug addict mother? Should I talk about my abusive stepfather? How about talking about the people who made me feel like I was never good enough? I probably shouldn't talk about them as this is supposed to be about me. But can I tell you about me without telling you about them? They are part of the reason I see myself the way I do. I can talk about my chronic liver disease that needed surgeries that marred my body. I can talk about my chronic pain syndrome that on some days is debilitating. I can tell you about these, but it won't be anything you haven't heard before, but it is what has caused me to have the thoughts and ideas about myself that are so negative.
So, instead of talking about all these negative things I will talk about all my positive in my life. I am the mom of 4 children (28, 24, 22 &16) and they are amazing. My children have a gamut of things they needed to overcome in life. Between the four of them there is Tourette Syndrome, BIpolar Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety and OCD. For a long time we worked hard together so that they could overcome and be successful. And they are overcoming!! My children are the ones who showed me that I am good enough, more than good enough. I have an amazing husband! He is my second husband and from the day I met him he as attempted to make me see how beautiful I truly am. There really isn't too much more about me. I am a simple person who had a rough time of it but things turned around and I am blessed."
Before we get too far, here's what we like to call before and after photos.
A: This was the perfect time for me to do a session because I was feeling bad about myself, physically. My health issues have been flaring up a lot this past year and I found myself saying over and over again how much I hate my body. This is not a mantra conducive to making you feel better, it only makes things worse, emotionally. I am not an extrovert. I do not like to expose much of anything about myself. I have found that holding everything in and not doing things for myself are not healthy. My co-worker/friend had a shoot and she soared with self esteem after. I wanted that for myself. I needed that for myself.
A: There isn't one part about the session that I can say is my favorite. The entire experience was truly amazing. Shawn is very good at getting you to look at yourself, really closely. He asked some uncomfortable questions that I had a hard time answering, but this is a much needed part of the process. Seeing my first image that was taken immediately made me feel more comfortable, as I could see right away what I hadn't ever seen in myself. I have to say the only part of the whole thing I didn't like was the waiting to see my images!!! Who likes to wait for anything? Right? The reveal was the most incredible thing. Never in my imagination could I have ever thought I looked like that. The woman with that body and face in those images was not me, but they were! That is the greatest feeling when you see those images!
Q: Has this session changed anything for you? Tell me about it.
A: I'll be honest, after the shoot was done, I struggled to remember the images that I had seen. The wonderful feeling I had when I left after the photo shoot faded a little bit. For me I had a reason for this happening. I was sick and I was hating what my body was doing to me, how my body was making me feel. So as time went on the initial feeling faded a bit. However, after seeing the final images all in front of me, the shock that went through me was intense. I have felt a sense of confidence that I can't ever remember feeling. I am starting to understand that I don't hate my body, I hate what my body is going through. Confidence and empowerment! These are the two things that I got out of this experience the most.
A:I wouldn't change a thing about this experience. From the shopping frustrations to the reveal it is a journey that makes the final destination the best in the world.
A: Stop thinking about it and just do it! Don't second guess yourself. Don't think that you need to lose weight or gain weight before you can do this. You are beautiful just the way you are and this experience will make you see that. We are our own worse critics! Let this boudoir session show you that you are fabulous just the way you are! Don't hate your body, embrace the goddess that you are.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
A: I finally see myself the way my husband sees me. There is nothing in the world better than seeing yourself through the eyes of someone who loves you! So, love yourself, then you can see yourself through those eyes.
Jodi thank you for allowing us to help you see yourself as your husband sees you everyday. We hope that you never loose that feeling of confidence and empowerment that you now have.
So, for you reading this, are you ready to get into the studio yet?
Check out more images from Jodi's session. #BeBoldBeSexyBeYou
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