"It was so magical, uplifting, empowering. Everything about it was the opposite of what I feared." || Duluth Boudoir Interview with Eileen

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How Old Were You At Your Session? 49

What made you decide to book a session? My hubby went ga ga when he saw your display at The wedding show. I also wanted to feel better about myself since I've had a horrible body image my entire life. It was time.

What was originally holding you back from booking a session? Myself! I was always putting myself down and literally making a "sneer" at myself in the mirror. I finally said fuck it; I'm going to DO thisl

What were you most nervous about for your session? Everything! My body, how I would look in the pictures, wondering if the lingerie would fit, being exposed, hating myself.

How did you feel about yourself before your session? CONSTANTLY putting myself down. I've always worn baggy clothes and tried to hide myself from everyone.

Describe your experience. AMAZING. I had SUCH a fabulous time! Lots of giggles! The clothes in the closet..... OMG. There were so many; and I felt so beautiful in them!. I was so afraid nothing would look good and I ended up having a hard time choosing. Walking out to get my session done; at first I was terrified; but the ladies made me feel like a rockstar; a sparkling fucking UNICORN at that. :-) It was so magical, uplifting, empowering. Everything about it was the opposite of what I feared. I came from a family that NEVER lifted me up and never said how beautiful I am. THIS. THIS.... made ALL of that say to myself to fuck what they thought. I am STRONG, BEAUTIFUL and an AMAZING woman. I've overcome alllllllll the things to become better and not look back. I cannot say thank you enough for the POWER it gave me.

How did you feel about yourself after your session? It was the point in my life where I now feel more confident, I'm wearing less baggy clothes, I'm looking in the mirror and telling myself that I'm pretty. I've NEVER said that before this session. No matter how many times my hubby tells me it; I never really believed it until now. It's changed my whole outlook on life and how we as women can lift each other up. I'm not afraid to stand up to someone tearing another woman down now. Before? I don't know that I had that strength.

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Were you nervous before your viewing session? Yes. Very much.

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How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? When they first came to me in my email I was scared to open them; I actually delayed opening the file. Once I opened them; I didn't even realize at first it was me! I actually took a double take and cried at my computer. Happy tears. :-)

What were your favorite products? I really love the albums. There are a lot of choices to look through; and it was hard to reduce photos out of the final product. Once I chose the album that was the hardest part.

What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in booking a session of their own? DO IT. For the love of all magical unicorns in the universe! It will build you up, and give you so much power. It's a life changing event.

How was working with Jes, Emily, and Katie? Amazeballs. Just when I thought I would be shy; they took that shit and said "NOPE." Alllllll the encouragement I received from them was something I had never experienced before. So many women put each other down; and this was the first time I had my own cheerleading team. :-) Loved all of them!

Will you be doing another session? I will! Absolutely!