Let's Try Loving Ourselves This Valentine's Day

Earlier this month I decided to hold a boudoir marathon to celebrate Valentine's Day. Some consider Valentine's Day to be a cheesy Hallmark holiday but I like to look at it as a day for celebrating love. Whether that be with your partner, your family, your friends or yourself it's definitely a great way to spend a cold, snowy Vancouver evening.

When I was little my mom would always tell me I was her favourite Valentine, we would eat chocolates together and cuddle up to watch romantic movies (still a favourite pass-time of mine). Now it's a little more complicated though, when your single it's common to feel lonely and when you're in a relationship it can be stressful trying to plan the perfect romantic evening. That's all a bit silly don't you think? Just tell the people you love that you love them and do something fun together or by yourself if you can. This year my boyfriend is out of town and I'm going to a comedy show with one of my best girlfriends. If I wasn't doing that, I would probably be at home watching Grey's Anatomy and eating chocolate by myself. Let's be real, I'll probably being doing that afterwards anyways.

Initially, I thought Boudoir photoshoots would be a great way for women to give a special gift to their significant others, but the more I planned and thought about it, the more I wanted to facilitate a way for women to practice self-love as well. A boudoir photoshoot can be intimidating but the experience is so empowering. Women are given the opportunity to see themselves in a different light, to see the powerful, sexy, resilient individuals that they have shaped themselves to be. The boudoir sessions were my way of trying to create an opportunity to help others celebrate self-love.

We live in a society that presses unrealistic beauty standards. Women have an extremely difficult time accepting their bodies, to a point where often we are our own worst critics. Boudoir photography gives women a space to honour themselves exactly as they are right now. To celebrate our bodies and acknowledge our accomplishments. We often focus on the negatives, the things we haven't done or have screwed up along the way, the ways we fall short and the things we want to change but haven't gotten around to. It's important that we take a step back and recognize all of the things we have done, the messes we've cleaned up, the things we've learned and the obstacles we've overcome to shape ourselves into the individuals that we are today. Life is a crazy, messy journey and hitting pause for a minute to celebrate yourself is something everyone deserves. I think every woman should do a boudoir photography session at least once in their life.

Every women who ended up booking a photoshoot last weekend was there for a completely different reason and every single one of them was an inspiration to me. Thank you ladies for trusting me to help you feel empowered, you are all incredible. Happy Valentine's Day.


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