what boudoir means to me

Hi there! I'm Stephanie (obviously!), but I wanted to introduce myself again as the photographer behind SYP Boudoir. I am so eager to share this fun and rewarding experience with everyone. However, I got to thinking - why should you trust me with such an intimate experience without knowing more about what inspires and drives me? 

I believe women should feel comfortable embracing themselves, body and mind, at whatever level they feel comfortable, but that level should be self-determined and not influenced by society or worrying about what other people might think. To really and truly figure out how to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin is not so easy -- it certainly wasn't for me.

 
Photo by Marta Locklear
 

These photos are a few of many that I hold near and dear from my own personal boudoir session. I want to share why I’m proud to offer this service and what my own boudoir experience means to me. 

My session was THREE years ago and I still passionately tell everyone who is interested or on the fence to GO for it. Don’t wait any longer. It was scary and intimidating and WELL beyond my comfort-zone, but worth it in so many ways. 

What I learned: Do this for yourself. Share it with someone special to you if you like, but first and foremost do it for you and you alone. 

 
 

We all want to feel confident and beautiful each day - but reality is more of a roller coaster. Sometimes we feel alright, sometimes phenomenal, sometimes just kind of *blah* - because, come on, we are human. But we ARE beautiful and capable of SO MUCH. We have strength inside and out that is just waiting to be put to use. Yet that strength can be damn hard to find and even harder to hold on to. When I feel good I tend to take better care of myself (diet, exercise, quality time with friends/family, etc), which leads to me feel EVEN better. Over time, that elusive grit that fuels us to be steadfast friends, caring partners, and patient moms (on top of caring for ourselves) steadily grows.

I realize that it is near impossible to bounce around on cloud nine all day every day. That's why it's so valuable to think back on how I felt doing something that was completely out of my comfort zone. It was an experience that allowed me to slowly drop misplaced modesty and embrace my own body. I revisit the photos when I’m feeling squishy (yes, squishy!!), when I’m feeling stretched too thin or overwhelmed, when I’m feeling like I’m not strong enough to handle what life has dealt (because I absolutely am - always have been and always will be). 

I am so proud of myself for biting the bullet and booking my own session three years ago. In the days leading up to the shoot I was nervous and focusing heavily on how certain parts of me (all of me) would photograph. Once the shoot began, however, I realized it wasn't about that and I started to feel wonderful - sexy, beautiful, strong, confident, like I could rule and expand my world without missing a step. It wasn’t about impressing anyone other than myself (though it was really fun sharing them with my husband!). That feeling has stayed with me and provided fuel and energy through the years. 

Now I am incredibly honored to be able to help other women discover that they too are WAY more sexy, strong, and one-of-a-kind than they may realize on a daily basis. 

If you’re on the fence about a boudoir session - just close your eyes and jump. GO FOR IT! You won’t regret it. 

All the hugs to each and every one of you. <3 

p.s. A heartfelt thank you to Marta Locklear for the photos.