"I can honestly say my view of myself has improved in a way I didn't expect." || Duluth Boudoir Interview with Mollie

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How Old Were You At Your Session? Twenty nine

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What made you decide to book a session? I entered the Boudie-call for models without much knowledge of boudoir or the studio. I have spent a lot of hours on my tattoo collection and one of the things listed in the Boudie-call was for alternative styling/tattoos. I decided to write a little bit about myself and my current journey into self love while managing my depression. I figured boudoir was a good test of my self confidence and love if I won. I didn't expect to but I'm super glad I did!

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What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I associated it mostly with being a gift for someone else instead of a gift to yourself. I was wrong!

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What were you most nervous about for your session? Being around people who didn't know me in such an intimate setting.

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How did you feel about yourself before your session? I had been dealing with depression, health issues, and romantic failures for awhile. Things weren't good overall, but due to my work life and relationships I couldn't really show that or process it. The day I applied for my shoot was the same day I made my first phone call to get medical help for my depression. The shoot itself happened 8 weeks after applying and a few days before I finally got into therapy. The time between those days is the start of my recovery and self worth journey. There's a lot of things I felt between them about myself from intimate self love and respect to absolute despair.

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Describe your experience. The shoot itself was pretty effortless once I settled on the idea of just making the best of it despite any nerves I had. I personally perform best under pressure in most situations, so once we got rolling I was in the moment and loved it. Any nerves I had were quickly forgotten!

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How did you feel about yourself after your session? I didn't think I needed to change how I viewed my own body. I didn't do much negative self speak about my body once I started getting tattoos. This shoot has made me even more comfortable than I used to be! I could see it being very beneficial for anyone no matter how their viewed their own body!

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? A little! Seeing yourself almost naked on a screen isn't a normal event for me, so there was some nerves. Once I started seeing them that vanished quickly.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? I loved the photos. I can honestly say my view of myself has improved in a way I didn't expect. I didn't think I needed to have a better outlook on my body, but it just came with the pictures.

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What were your favorite products? My make up was unbelievable. Anything used on my whole face was fantastic.

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What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in booking a session of their own? Fuckin DO IT

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How was working with Jes, Emily, and Katie? It was awesome meeting them and sharing my story with them in a safe space.

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Will you be doing another session? I don't think I'll rush into it, but I think somewhere down the road it'll be fun to compare this session to one where I have more room mentally for fun.

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Anything else you want to add? There is power in empowering each other <3