Quiet confidence. It took me along time to figure out exactly what it meant. When I think of confidence, I always think of someone that is larger than life. Loud, magnetic, and animated. I think of someone that takes up the room, just by being in it. I love those people. The loud ones, the huggers, the lives of the parties.
But quiet confidence, and when its used to describe someone, means something else entirely. The phrase speaks more about how that person makes you feel, versus what it is that person has said. It is an understated, and gorgeous self-acceptance, that so many people perhaps will never really accomplish. I see this transformation often in my studio. The nervous and shaky woman, transforms into all that she is. Eyes piercing, posture firm, chin up, beauty undeniable. Quiet confidence, is not about the action, but about the FEELING someone gives you.
QUIET CONFIDENCE, IS NOT ABOUT THE ACTION, BUT ABOUT THE FEELING SOMEONE GIVES YOU.
Meet A. This session is one I will absolutely never forget. A came in, as nervous as most people are for their boudoir shoot. Kind, and gentle she greeted me and my team. As my make up and hair guru ironed A’s warm hair, and filled her lips with the same color pink they were originally made with, I saw her mood shift. Her eye lashes brushed through, and the blonde hue of her hair danced with the peach of her skin. It made my white studio walls, and her snowy lingerie bounce like a delicate flurry. Mesmerizing and unique, but inherently so.
A walked in shaky and shy. And by the middle of the session her movements were almost glided. Her eyes looked through my lens and enticed everyone in the room to take a deep breath. She was different than she was a few dozen minutes ago. But not because she wasn’t always this fierce or effortlessly gorgeous, but because she felt comfortable enough to show us what she has already known.
Understated boudoir, is an incredible thing to be a part of. I cannot think of a time when I left my white walled studio after one, and didn’t feel inspired, or joyous or empowered, or in this case, all three.
I hope you enjoy these stunning photos as much as I do.