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Self Love Project

They say it takes 21 days to do something daily before you can turn it into a habit. I want to make self acceptance and self love a habit. A healthy one. A happy one. And I won’t stop until I succeed.

I started this project because I know most women, like myself, struggle with self love and self confidence. You’re probably thinking – YOU, Self Confidence issues? No way? I know I am talkative, bubbly and most of the time very positive. But Yes, I do have issues that I need to work on daily. It all started when I was 14 and it was ripped away from me and since then I have been working on it (that story will come later in this series). I seemed to have gained it back in my 20’s then lost it again when I gained weight and got older. And although I know weight does not define me, it didn’t make it any less painless or easier to love myself. Slowly my self confidence started diminishing as I looked at myself naked in the mirror. No longer that strong woman I once was. Cowering away from walking around the house in just a tank top with undies on. I know its not about my weight or my age because I had just had a baby in 2001 and was the biggest I had ever been, yet I walked with my head held high and confidence radiated from my body. Yet I stopped believing in myself somewhere along the way. Year after year, day after day I nitpicked at things about myself. Stuff on the outside and also things that were happening on the inside. I believe that the demons I fought on the inside were far worse than what anyone could imagine. They were things you couldn’t see, only I knew they existed. I doubted my self worth as a business woman, didn’t believe I was a good enough or devoted enough partner, not a good enough mother. I spent way too much time on my job and not enough time with my family. Countless days when I should have been baking, cooking dinner, coloring or playing games with the kids and I was stuck on my computer trying to make my dream a reality and working a full time corporate job that I lived, ate and breathed to fight my way to the top. Constantly pushing. I was sometimes selfish, non-forgiving, greedy, indulgent. All this stuff added up and tore me apart. I started building walls. And they got so high that it was hard for me to break them down. I wanted so bad to break them down and love who I was all over again. I believe so much goes into loving ourselves. Once we do, we find the love we KNOW we deserve, we stop binge eating, we want to eat differently and work out to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we feel like we can be on top of the world. We can accomplish any task thrown at us, handle any hardship that has come our way, hold our heads up high and gracefully walk through the fire and say… What else do you have??!!!! I can take on anything!!! So I scheduled my very own boudoir session. I can honestly tell you this is what freed me. I was holding myself prisoner in my own skin. Ashamed of who I had become over the years. Embarrassed by the negative thoughts that filled my head. I wanted freedom and the only way I knew how was to do a shoot and see what others saw in me day after day. I don’t see what they see. I don’t see my laughter or my smile, my strength or my courage. My fearlessness. My inner beauty. It’s there. For others to witness. But I wanted to understand, FEEL something inside me come alive. And once I got my images back, I cried. Tears of happiness. Because there she was… in all her glory… my self confidence smiling back at me and saying… I never left. You just chose not to see me. So welcome to my journey. I hope these stories will help you in some way or another. Start peeling layers off and shining from within. You deserve to find true happiness and the only way how is to love yourself deeply, unashamed and with a vengeance. I will pour my heart out with these stories. And I will no longer hide behind a mask. I hope you too will find your voice.

 

Photo by the Amazing Denise Birdsong of Modern Love Photography

And outstanding Hair and Makeup by Ashlyn Taylor

Cynthia - I just love your self project!! Sometimes I find myself in the struggles of loving myself, having confidence in the strong woman that I am or seeing myself as beautiful because now days society has a standard of what they think beauty should look like. 2-3yrs ago I had the wonderful opportunity to have a boudoir session thanks to you,I had the opportunity to experience it. I was shy at first as it was my first time but it turned out amazing &fun. I was amazed of the results that I saw. I almost didn’t recognize myself, I was amazed of how beautiful and confident I saw myself in the pictures, It opened up my eyes to see myself the ways others see me. We must first learn how to love ourselfs to be happy, self worth is so important. Your words are so encouraging I can’t wait to be able to read more of your stories. Much love!❤

Denise Nicole - Thank you so much for your encouraging words Cynthia!!! I had a blast photographing you! You are such a beautiful and confident woman. And it is so true. You have to love yourself first before you love anyone else. Only then can you open yourself up to others. It takes time and patience. And lots of practice. But its so rewarding! Thank you for following my journey love bug!!

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Love Yourself and Your Business Boudoir Workshop With Le Boudoir Studio and Denise Nicole Photography September 27 & 28th, 2015

 

 

 

Connecting personally with your clients and creating emotive and moving images?

Using social media as a personal sound board to target your audience and being a company your clients can trust?

With in person sales and up selling?

With flow posing or just posing in general to make a woman look her best and feel confident while doing so?

If so, this workshop is just for you!!!!!

 

To teach you how to capture the essence of a woman through finding her inner beauty while using flow posing and emotional connection and in return creating a very profitable business.

This workshop is a 2 day extravaganza that provides you with a new way to explore, experience, and create art in various ways in order to refresh your creative mind. It will be an all hands on workshop where we will guide you through our process and how we connect with our clients and create amazing high end sales you never thought imaginable. We will exercise your mind in thinking differently and more creatively on one end of the spectrum for a smaller and more boutique business and on a different spectrum get you the poses you need that sell with just a few twists and turns in as few poses as possible for a higher volumed paced studio.

Denise and Jodi feel that they learned the most on the other side of the camera. By putting yourself in your clients shoes both physically and emotionally you are able to open up and become more vulnerable. And by being vulnerable is where all the magic lies.  Which is why we are including the 2nd day of the workshop at no extra charge. Both artists will personally photograph you and take you through an entire experience and send you home with a USB of beautiful 8×12 images.

Connecting personally with your clients and creating moving images that will have your clients wanting more is what every business wants. We can show you just how to accomplish that.

 

Personal Social Media Connection and being a company your clients can trust, plays a very important role in the business of a small boutique. Are you currently doing this? This self portrait got 258 likes, 99 comments and 5 shares.

 

In person sales and up selling is a very valuable tool that every business should be confident in doing. We will go over how this is done without even feeling like you are selling. The images sell themselves.

 

Flow posing or just posing in general to make a woman look her best and feel confident while doing so can be intimidating. But if you have just a few go to positions you can create many different angles and emotion to make an image look completely different from the next and still be a very easy sell. It’s all about the angles. We all want to look flattering. And we will show you exactly how to do that.

 

 

 

Denise Nicole is a fine art boudoir photographer.
She has a very personal connection to photographing women because of her past. Her experiences have made her a stronger woman today and she thrives on uplifting women and building their self confidence, that we sometimes tend to lose along the way, showing them self love through emotive coaching and personal client connection. She reaches down deep inside to the core of a woman and finds out what truly lies beneath.
Check out her sites below!
www.alure.denisenicolephotography.com
www.denisenicoleblog.com

 

 

 

 

Jodi Lynn has owned and operated her studio since 2010.
Her main focus is boosting self confidence in women. She has worked with thousands of women, and has helped them see themselves in the eyes of others. “I want to help the women that I have the privilege of working with increase their self-acceptance and self-love by way of boudoir photography. A woman who not only accepts herself but loves herself – is an unstoppable force. I hope that all women will allow themselves the boudoir experience because every woman deserves to be a “supermodel” for a day.”

Check out her sites below!
www.leboudoirstudio.com
www.leboudoirstudioblog.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

My words cannot express my gratitude for Denise and her beautiful photography. I was just coming out of a divorce and felt completely lost. Her loving personality, her huge heart and her willingness to do whatever needed to keep me comfortable was the perfect medicine for my broken heart. When I saw my images for the first time I was floored! I couldn’t believe that was me! Honestly something changed me on that very day. It was a moment that launched me into the new me. And I will forever be grateful for her and her talent to show me who I really was underneath all my layers. I can’t wait to get back into her studio!

 

 

 

I came across Denise in 2012. I was a little insecure about my body at the time. Denise made me feel so beautiful, relaxed and comfortable. The experience and photos were amazing! She gave me something I lacked, self confidence and determination. The experience made me love myself again. It made me want to take better care of my health. These last 3 years she has brought me out of my shell more and more and I can’t thank my lucky stars enough for bringing this beautiful woman into my life!

 

 

 

My husband and I have seven children and I have had 5 of our kids biologically, so needless to say, my body has gone through some changes. In spite of those changes, though, my husband still makes me feel beautiful every single day and I wanted to find a way to thank him. I was hesitant and nervous about posing for intimates photos (this was a first for me), but I knew it would be something my sweetheart would cherish. From the first moment I entered Le Boudoir Studio, the ladies there made me feel completely comfortable. Jodi Lynn (photographer) and Erica (makeup and hair) were so genuine and friendly. The whole experience was positive and surprisingly liberating. And needless to say, the pictures turned out stunning, far exceeding my expectations. My husband literally wept when he saw them. This was a priceless gift for him that he will treasure for the rest of his life. Thank you Jodi Lynn for making this such a fantastically, unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

My fiancé and I visited his niece, in Phoenix last Thanksgiving, (we live in Dallas), and she was so sweet to share with me her fantastic boudoir photos that were shot by Jodi, at Le Boudoir! They were simply extraordinary! She wanted my professional opinion, because I am an on set Photo Stylist by trade! I have worked for renowned photographers over the country and she wanted my professional opinion. Well my opinion was OMG! This gal is amazing! So.. I then had this wonderful, crazy idea to call my girlfriend Jill, who lives in Denver, to get together for a girls weekend, and meet Jodi for a shoot! We both just got engaged at the same time and thought this would be a great gift for our guys! Jill and I are friends…actually now we call ourselves sisters after a 25 year friendship! We have journeyed through a lifetime of adventures together! We’ve raised our boys.. 5 altogether.. and worked hard as single moms! We thought this was a well deserved treat for ourselves to share this experience together before we get married!  We both flew to Phoenix and had arranged our “spa” weekend away as we told our fiancés, but in truth it was all about our shoot with Jodi! Our shoot was the most amazing, incredible day! We sipped champagne, had our hair, makeup and wardrobe completed by “the team”, and took off into an unforgettable journey of sexiness! Jodi and her gals gave us the confidence to be feminine and made us oh so pretty! It was the whole package! We are so proud of our images, and as women in our 50’s, we think we look incredible! We can’t wait to share our books with our guys! They are going to be beyond delighted! Thanks to Le Boudoir for making this “Sherry and Jill” adventure one of our most memorable and definitely most “beautiful” trips ever!

 

 

 

When is the workshop?
September 27th and 28th, 2015

How much is the workshop?
The workshop is $2500 and includes an all day experience and a free session the following day with both artists. There will be a pre-booking discount if purchased by 7/31/2015 a savings of $300!!

Do you accept payment plans?
You can pay in full up front or put down $500 deposit upon booking.
A second payment of $1,000 is Due by August 27th
and remainder of $1,000 ($700 if you pre-booked) is due 2 weeks prior to workshop date September 13th.

Where will the workshop take place?
At the beautiful Le Boudoir studio in Tempe, Arizona

What skill level of photography do I need to have to attend?
This is for all skill levels that know their camera and manual settings and functions.

Can I use these images for my portfolio?
Yes!!! You can use these amazing images for your portfolio but when blogging we require that you mention the workshop and vendors involved. Must include both artists websites. www.denisenicolephotography.com and www.leboudoirstudio.com

 

We will start off with introductions and get to know everyone on a personal level and create amazing friendships. Isn’t that what workshops are for?? Networking with like minded peers?

Jodi Lynn will start it off with Flow Posing and how to make an amazing sale.

She will then photograph a beautiful model and allow each attendee 2 minutes to either direct or allow her to direct so that you have amazing images to walk away with.

We will take a lunch break — because let’s face it… food is important. We don’t need hangry people. 🙂

 

 

Denise will pick up with how to bring out your true personality and how to love yourself, in doing so she can bring out the sensuality of a woman and break down walls that we all tend to build up around ourselves.

Followed up with photographing an emotional shoot with a model and 2 minutes of portfolio building per attendee

Jodi will go over a mini session and how to look for angles in different types of shapes of women. What works best and what sells most.

You will get 2 minutes of portfolio building and we will break for a snack.

Jodi will talk about up selling and how it has tripled her business.

Denise will do an outside session and show you how you don’t need a studio in order to shoot boudoir. All you need is beautiful light and a subject who is willing to trust your judgment and professionalism.

2 minute portfolio building per attendee

Denise will talk about the importance of personal social media connection and how she has repeat clients year after year.

T & A time —–  oops Q & A, Q AND A!!!!!!!

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