Our 2017 Brand Ambassador search wrapped up earlier this week and I was beyond excited to announce our two winners… Katie and Esmeralda! Welcome, Katie!! I’m so excited to have you!! Katie’s career is in animal control and she’s a tremendously dedicated mother, wife, friend and animal lover. She and I first met and bonded over our mutual love for animals and her work in animal rescue. She’s incredibly driven and also just finished her real estate courses and is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Connecticut. I’m so excited for everything her future holds! And I’m thrilled that she’s joined the team here at Lost Highway Imaging!
Katie’s first shoot is ready to share and I know she’s looking forward to sharing some of her thoughts about the experience and how transformative boudoir can be!
LHI: What initially made you decide to book a boudoir shoot?
Katie: Well, I initially reached out to Beth for some headshots as I’m working towards obtaining my real estate license. Although headshots aren’t overly exciting to begin with, I knew I didn’t want standard, boring, corporate looking shots. Obviously I still need to look professional, but with a bit of sass. I knew Beth would know exactly how to spice me up a bit, and I was so thrilled when she agreed to do it. I honestly thought she might say no, mostly because she’s an artist, and her visions are so dramatic and beautiful. I kind of assumed corporate head shots would seem like a waste of her talent lol. When Beth so graciously agreed to take the shots, and mentioned doing something ‘fun’ after…. I was secretly screaming and leaping for joy because I’ve always wanted to have a photo shoot with LHI, but have never felt worthy of doing so. Sounds sad I know. But when you see these breathtaking images of these gorgeous women…. I questioned if I had even an ounce of ability to pull it off. But hey… YOLO… right?
LHI: What was your biggest fear before you booked your shoot? Did it come true and, if not, what happened instead?
Katie: Well, I gained a lot of weight with my pregnancy. (My daughter is almost two now… so the mac & cheese isn’t helping anything either ?…. ) I have always struggled with my weight and body image since I can remember, but I have been especially hard on myself since everyone obviously lied to me about how you just ‘bounce back’… especially if you breast feed… Uh yah… lies… Anyway, my biggest fear was walking out in lingerie and looking appalling. I was afraid of not fitting into anything, or looking like an awkward stuffed sausage. Having no modeling experience, I was also afraid of being super annoying and not “delivering” what Beth was asking for. My fears didn’t come true because I was remarkably 100% at ease. I felt so comfortable, and found Beth to be SO easy and fun to work with. The key is to… let go and trust.
LHI: What was your favorite part of your photo shoot?
Katie: Being able to let go! For the first time in a long time, I felt like I was allowed to let go. I could stop hiding!!! When someone hands you bra and panties and says ‘let’s walk to the barn’ …. you have two choices… you can hide and decline, forcing yourself to stay hidden in your ‘comfort’ zone… or you can say.. hah what the hell, let’s do this. Then you are rewarded with gorgeous images. Images that show off features that you don’t even realize you have. Not just that though, it gives you a sense of freedom. It gives you a boost of confidence that you didn’t even know you could find within yourself.
LHI: Why should women treat themselves to this experience?
Katie: It’s going to sound cliché… but its liberating. Empowering even. I have my own reasons, every woman does. For me, it’s not just about me really. It’s about my daughter. It’s about really showing her that all women are beautiful. This isn’t a speech about embracing plus size women either. To be honest, I hate that term. That’s my point though I guess. My daughter is going to see these photos some day, along with other photos of women of all shapes, sizes, color…etc. I want her to see the beauty in ALL of them. I never want her to be ashamed of her body. I want her to KNOW she’s beautiful. We are role models for our little ones. We help mold what they view as their self worth. I’m worth it, as is she.
LHI: If you were going to tell your best friend about your experience with Lost Highway Imaging, what would you tell her?
Katie: Already did… and she booked one lol!!
Thank you Katie for sharing your experience and your images with us! I’m honored you trusted me to create these photos for you and I can’t wait to work together during the upcoming year!
Ready for a shoot of your own? Have more questions? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 860-608-4868 and ask away! I’m here to help and there are NO dumb questions! Our Connecticut boudoir photography studio caters to all women because we truly believe that ALL women are beautiful. Ready? Let us SHOW you!
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