Some of you have seen that Abbott Images is starting to offer both Boudoir and Beauty Sessions. A few of you are even getting to try out a Beauty Session, because you read about it on my Facebook page.
What I haven’t had time to delve into yet (even though I’ve been desperately wanting to forever!) is why I’m so incredibly passionate about these sessions. Back in February, I worked with two phenomenal women on some boudoir sessions. They weren’t models–just “regular” women.
And they are beautiful.
YOU are beautiful. But (I know from experience) a good number of women reading this right now mistakenly believe that they are not. Or, “not as beautiful as…”
I’m a mom of two young boys, a photographer, a grocery shopper, a play-at-the-park-er, a wife, a daughter, a sister. We wear so many hats, don’t we? And, somewhere in the shuffle of all of that, we kind of forget to appreciate ourselves in the way that others appreciate us. Or in the way we ought to appreciate ourselves. Because it doesn’t matter if everyone in the world thinks we’re awesome if we don’t believe it too!
And it’s tough to believe sometimes. Because we so rarely cut ourselves any slack. Because we don’t always make room for “me time.” Heck, most moms I know feel pretty blessed to get a regular shower in 🙂
So I’m going to be as honest as I can be. When I’m out at the store, or the park, or a restaurant—I notice the other women around me. You know what I see?
Beauty. All the time. Everywhere. I honestly don’t think I can ever remember running into someone and thinking that they were “ugly.” So why do we think that way about ourselves??
It turns out, Dove wondered the same question. They took it a step further and had women meet with a forensic sketch artist and describe themselves. The artist could not see the women as they talked and he drew. Then, they were each asked to describe one of the other women while the artist made his composites. What transpired was breathtaking and eye-opening. I truly hope you’ll take a couple of minutes today to watch this, if you do nothing else:
With this video, they’re showing women what I so intensely want to show all of you!! That when I see you, I am amazed at the beauty, strength, compassion, humor, and kindness that I see in you.