In 2009 when I was preparing to become Mrs. Johnson, I scoured the internet looking for the perfect wedding day gift for my then fiance. I kept running into these “boudoir” marathon session advertisements, but I would quickly dismiss the idea. One thing I hate in life is bad photography. Even more, I hate photographers that have no idea how to capture the beauty in a woman that is not a size 6. I’m a pretty voluptuous lady with curves that need to be highlighted, and some baggage that I would prefer others not see magnified. As we got closer to the wedding date I did finally book a boudoir session and…I loved it! I loved every minute of it, everything about it. One thing that is incredibly important about boudoir sessions is that the photographer has to make you feel super comfortable, and you have to have some faith in yourself. Those two things came together for me AND my photographer really knew how to make me feel beautiful. At the end of the shoot, I cried. I cried because I had never felt as gorgeous and my self esteem had never been so high as it was during that photoshoot. And of course, dh loved the pictures!
Fast forward to my pregnancy in 2010. Again I found myself struggling to find a photographer that could make me feel good about my body during pregnancy. That is when I met Marianne Elizabeth. I’ll tell you the truth, I felt like I was taking a chance. Here was this petite, white girl taking my pregnancy photos. One thing I don’t think people realize is that lighting can be much more harsh for African American skin than it can be for others. So again I was stepping out on faith and allowing someone to photograph me…
I loved it! We had a great shoot and just a great time overall! The pictures came out absolutely gorgeous! I could not have asked for a better day of photo taking.
For any woman, wife, mother, single, whatever, who wants to feel beautiful, take boudoir photos with a great photographer. It just so happens that Marianne is having a boudoir marathon session this weekend in the DMV area.