Boudoir Photography is so much more about self-expression then it is anything else. I have been fortunate of late to have art reintroduced into my life and sincerely - everything seems to come full circle. I took art classes as a child & teen and, over the years, found a particular affinity for charcoal drawing.
The last few years of my life have been challenging. #BoudoirPhotography was picked back up by myself as a way to begin to get back in touch with who I am as a human. What I lacked at that point in my life was #strength, and through a friend, I ended up meeting so many people who have changed my life for the better. People who accept me for me - several who have not (and that is entirely OK) and most importantly, these are people who inspire me. We all need friends in this world because it can be a lonely place. People do come and go...and that is perfectly OK. We are not everything for everyone, and it is our inner strength that has to remind us that if we are alone - it is only temporary.
This image was created tonight, based on a quote from #DeepakChopra -
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you."
Life is chaotic. We are humans, men and women, mothers and fathers, kids and siblings. We work, provide, take care of and support - all while trying to hold on to the little part of ourselves that make us who we are. All too often, as we continue to "grow up," we find that the essence of who we are is eclipsed by all the pressures of #adulthood. I saw a meme the other day that said, "I can't wait to grow up was the biggest lie we told ourselves" - and that isn't so far off the truth.
I spent several years utterly devoid of who I was inside, and it has taken a whole lot of change, effort and support to feel back to 100% me finally. I have reconnected with myself and photography and art. The creation of this image tonight was a homage to how we are surrounded by that #Gorgeouschaos that is our lives...yet providing time to pause, reflect and remember who we are. We are not always able to see clearly, but so long as we keep our senses open and remember that we as the person that we are is grounded, the #chaos will continue to circle - but that we will be fine.
Find your people and start reconnecting with who you are on all levels in your life.