Love Yourself -Inspiring Stories from real women| Seattle body positive boudoir photographer

Updated: Mar 12

One of my favorite things about boudoir photography is the way it allows women to truly love their own bodies, often for the first time. We spent most of our lives hearing how we need to lose weight, hide blemishes, avoid wrinkles, and on and on until we feel like we’ll never look how we should.

Read inspiring and uplifting stories from real women who have learned to love and accept themselves. Stunning Boudoir Seattle Photography has captured the beauty of each woman featured and we are proud to feature their gorgeous boudoir photos and stories here.

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Learning to love myself meant coming to terms with my plus size body. This wasn't easy. It has been a journey. Growing up, I never considered myself as fat or plus size. I always had a booty and I always had pretty thick thighs, but I attributed that to my figure skating. I was a competitive figure skater for nine years. I was fairly athletic as a kid, but I definitely was on the larger size compared to my family. I always describe my mom as the woman who complains about the weight she gains in the winter because she has to start wearing her "size 6 pants." As a child, I had an aunt who would describe me as "bigger boned" or "sturdy." I think that was a nicer way to say I was not petite like my mother and older sister. It should not have been a topic of conversation in the family, but it was. It was no wonder that I was different in shape and size than my sister and mother because I was adopted as an infant. I was not genetically related to these petite women in any way. It wasn't until I turned 25 or 26 and was able to meet members of my birth family that I realized that I was exactly the size I was supposed to be. Ten years later, I did my first photoshoot and discovered that there is beauty in my size. It took ten years to come to terms with my genetic background. It also took many doctor visits and tests to convince my adopted mother (she is my mother, but to eliminate confusion I use the descriptor of adopted) that I am not unhealthy and that there is nothing wrong with me. I think the most difficult thing about learning to love yourself is trying to teach others to love you the way you are. Society puts enough pressure on us as women, we don't need it from those closest to us too. I realize that health is a concern. But, health cannot always be measured by the scale, and your worth is definitely not measured by it. It has taken me years to realize this, but I truly think that it was getting in front of the camera helped me to believe it. Loving yourself means finding your beauty and owning it-both inside and out.

"Learning to love myself has been an ongoing journey. From experiencing my own body issues, to pressure from societal views of beauty, I had to learn that what I come with from head to toe is beautiful. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self that I was beautiful, no matter what people said about my dark skin and larger body, I would tell myself it doesn’t matter what people think and to love myself no matter what is "considered" beautiful; because peoples opinions are simply just that, opinions. As a child, I was body-shamed into a size 00, and bullied into a size 16. Throughout my life, my body unfortunately has been a looming issue for me, and learning to love it no matter what was the most challenging part. I’ve always cared too much about what people thought and that led to chronic stress and constant insecurity. At the age of 24, I was diagnosed with premature ovarian insufficiency, meaning I was no longer able to reproduce and my body had gone into early menopause due to stress. Finding this out was devastating and made me even question my own womanhood. In the process of loving and rediscovering myself, I learned to love myself and my body by taking care of it regardless of its capabilities. In doing this photoshoot I was hesitant, I really wanted to feel beautiful regardless of what “beauty standards” said. However, ridding myself of those ideas was undoing years of conditioning. I was worried I would see myself in those pictures and point out every flaw imaginable, but I didn’t. I saw pure beauty. This experience truly made me feel beautiful and put me back on the path to loving myself unconditionally. For women with similar insecurities and struggling to overcome them, my only advice is to put a big middle finger to the world, know that there is only ONE you, and EMBRACE THAT."

Hi my name is Audris. I’m 31 years old I’m a mother of three beautiful children and married to the man of my dreams. I’m a Pacific Islander (Samoan to be exact) and as you can tell that has a stereotype behind that which you may hear like “Big, Fat, Ugly, Manly, Cow, Bulldozer & Much More” growing up I always thought of myself as a fat & ugly person because of that stereotype people think of and when that popped into my mind all I could think of was gosh I’m hoping make up would help cover this horrendous person I see just so no one would see the real me which is ugly, hideous, fat, rolls for days, stretch marks city, discoloration everywhere, unnecessary hair growth, chicken wings, arms & thighs & so much more but I had this amazing man in my life telling me something EVERYDAY i mean I would wake up and he says “saying good morning beautiful” or “you look great in anything or nothing” even would say “wow babe look what you do to me” and with that I felt wow if he loves me for me it’s time for me to do the say and I can thank Michelle Wall and Katey Stevens
for helping me see and feel what my husband & kids see everyday and I honestly love what both these women have done for me and can't wait to do more.