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2018 has been an incredible year and these lovely ladies above have helped Mirrored Images Boudoir grow as a business, but I have grown as a person thanks to them.  The interaction in our Glam Gang group is at an all time high, women are supporting each other in ways they’ve never been able to before.  It’s such an inspirational group and helps me get through the day to day.  Between the group and our amazing clients, Shameless was born!  Gahhh!!  We are launching a body positive lingerie line in 2019 – which has been a dream of mine for many years.  We have put so much into this company and each item we produce, which is designed by our incredible team.  No private labeling – just high quality and well fitting products.

Do you strive to be a better you?  To inspire other women to love who they are?  Do you live a healthy lifestyle and wish to promote the benefits of it to our following?  Our 2019 GLAMbassadors will represent Mirrored Images Boudoir + Shameless and receive incentives from both companies if chosen.  You do NOT have to be a client of Mirrored Images Boudoir to apply!  To receive more information and the application fill out the form below:

Sparkle & Celebrate PINK was created in 2017 by a group of artists who wanted to create a day of beauty and celebration for breast cancer survivors.  Last year, Jenn Hyman, Katie Cotton, Staci Gibbs, and Jade Couch provided professional makeup, hair, body paint, lunch, wine and a photo shoot to 5 ladies in the Upstate SC.  Click here to see the celebration!

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This year we held the event at Mirrored Images Boudoir studio in Gainesville GA, just north of Atlanta Georgia.  We had 7 beautiful survivors participate and even more talented artists volunteer their time and talent to the cause.

BreastCancer.org reports

  • about 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime
  • in 2018 an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in US women, along with 63,960 cases of non-invasive breast cancer
  • about 40,920 women in the US are expected to die in 2018 from breast cancer
  • as of January 2019, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the US
  • bout 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer

 

Those statistics are SCARY!  Imagine yourself in the shoes of a woman who was just diagnosed… not only will your body go through big changes, but emotionally you’re left to cope with this diagnosis while (usually) being rushed into a treatment plan to save your life.  Depression and anxiety impact relationships and intimacy and 50% of relationships end after there’s a cancer diagnosis.  We, as women, need to stand together and support each other.  You ARE beautiful, you ARE strong, you CAN embrace the changes your mind and body have been through.

As boudoir photographers, Katie and I help women to accept and love who they are.  Every woman is capable of this, sometimes it just takes a super annoying boudoir photographer telling you over and over again how beautiful you are 🙂

We are so grateful for these inspirational women to allow us to document this time in their life and provide them with a beautiful reminder of how amazing they are.  Here are two reviews from 2017 participants:

 

“You’ve helped me begin to find myself again.  I’m getting more comfortable with how my body has changed and I am learning to embrace it…scars and all.  I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

“My husband’s reaction to the Sparkle & Celebrate pictures was the best feeling in the world!!!!  He is so proud, he wants to share with everybody!  I know I am not a model, but after 10 years of hiding….I finally feel whole again.  I can never thank you enough – not only for what you did for me on the outside that day, but what you did for me on the inside for a lifetime!  Thank you!”

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Event organizer: Jenn Hyman
Venue: Mirrored Images Boudoir
Makeup: Katie Cotton (www.cottonrougeandcompany.com) & Staci Gibbs (www.stacigibbs.com)
Hair: Kristi Purvis (www.TealMagnoliaSalon.com)
Body Paint: Natalka Tyniec (ntyniec@gmail.com) assisted by Sharon Dickinson (www.beshamelessinc.com)
Photographers: Jenn Hyman (www.mirroredimages.net) and Katie Cotton (www.cottonrougephoto.com)
Food: Nina’s Custom Catering (770-539-4514)
Funds: Shameless, Inc (www.BeShamelessInc.com)
If you are interested in participating in next years event, please email shootme@mirroredimages.net
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Hey girl, hey!  It’s been a crazy couple of months and we have totally slacked on blogging.  But, great things are worth the wait!  I want to introduce ya’ll to Tammy.  She’s my favorite firey red head <3 Tammy won a session with us last year, during that session she agreed to being videoed for a promotional behind the scenes video.  Not only is the video my fav but her session was incredible.  She was one of my OG GLAMbassadors and shares her personal experience with us with anyone that will listen 🙂  We love Tammy.  She had her second session this year and I don’t even need to tell you which images below are from the second because you can SEE the difference!

Lets Meet Tammy…

“So I think I’ve been a GLAMbassador since before we had a name, lol. I looked at a lot of photographer’s websites and spoke with several both on the phone and in person, but Jenn was the first one I met that I felt truly understood my vision and what I wanted to accomplish with my session. As most women, I’ve always struggled with body image. I’ve been all sizes and I’ve never been comfortable in my skin until my 40’s. I decided to own myself as I am and started to plan for my first session!!! Well, shortly after I had made my decision, I found Jenn and I was lucky enough to win a contest for a free session! And my session was just what I needed to accomplish my goal! My husband was at my reveal and his reaction was “I’m glad you finally see yourself as I see you. “ I literally cried. And now, I show my pictures to anyone who will look at them lol!!! I’m so proud of them and the way they make me feel every time I look at them. I truly feel this is the best experience any woman can give themselves. It will open your eyes to a side of you that you probably won’t believe exists until you see your photos. But after you see it, it will be a side you will hopefully never be able forget!”

 

“I wanted to share my photo shoot experience. I was so excited and nervous leading up to it. I wanted it to be as awesome as I had heard. I posted how I worried I was about finding outfits, dealing with summer tan lines, and finding a neutral nail color I loved (I wear darks). I planned my hair cut & color and wax so that I would look my best.

The week of was a blast. Ladies, you figure that part out. I’m not posting how awesome I had leading up to it. 

The day before I read and reread the details of what to do and what I needed. I checked to see what time I should leave to get there in plenty of time. I went to the movies and had a great night until after the movies. On my way to another spot and was involved in a hit and run. I was nailed from behind while stopped at a red light. I’m alright. Car needs work. I still have a sore back. Car was drivable…so I knew I would make it to my shoot. Yes I was thinking about my shoot for a moment at the time of the wreck.

Day of shoot…soooo much excitement and nerves. Staci was so quick with applying professional makeup and gorgeous styled hair. She is also a great listener. When done, she shows me to Jennifer. She is ready with more options of outfits from her collection and ready to see what I had. From there it’s put the outfits on and show her. I listened to her suggestions and off we go!

Back and forth from one side of the studio to the other. One outfit then another. My favorite sayings: pose like this, I’ll remind you, don’t move, eyes closed, look back, look at me, breathe through your mouth, elbows in, legs together, tush up, pop out your chest, point your toes…

She’s got you in every way possible. She’s flying around getting all the shots. Ah-mazing! Need a break? Need a water? She’s got you. It’s fast and fun. You are sweating. This is work for all involved.

These ladies make you look amazing!! Don’t doubt that at all.

Next thing you know you are back in your car making selfies of the makeup job. you anxiously await the email with a couple of pics, a sneak peek.

I didn’t know if THIS body could look as amazing and gorgeous as the others I have seen shared in this group. I didn’t feel like I had done a good enough job. Did I smile? Did I look sexy? Were my eyes going to look cross-eyed? Oh the fat rolls and big thighs! How would those look??

A sneak peek is given. I was a little leary. I didn’t feel as amazing yet as I had read about. I shared with a few trusted friends and of course they said great things. I see my flaws. I’m somehow still unsure of the full results. I’m unsure it was worth it. I’m scared.

Then days later I get to see all 105 photos from my shoot. OMG!! That’s me! I me in that shot and that one! Ooooh. I love that one too! Ok, that one I can’t get past my rolls. Jen talks to me and walks me off the ledge. I’m at ease now. She is like a therapist for sure. I’m having fun.

The process to whittle down pics is a challenge. You say goodbye to some pics that are so beautiful. I can’t believe that’s me.

I’m in love with it ALL now. The magic of the experience is worth it! Seeing myself looking like this is hard to describe. It was emotional and worth every penny. My current self and future self are SO thankful for this experience. It’s a gift to ME (no one else…well maybe anyone else who comes across these pics or I share them with). 

Thank you so much.”

 

Can I just say… I CRIED when I read this.  I am so grateful that Miss E took the time to share this run down with the ladies in our private Glam Gang group on facebook.  I believe in what we do, but every.single.time someone else is emotionally tied to this experience it is PUSHING us to keep going.  These women have motivated us to start a new women’s intimate apparel line (Shameless, INC) which will launch in January 2019.  I’m SO excited to reach more women and HELP them on their self love journey!

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Hi friends!  It’s time to announce the SECOND annual Sparkle & Celebrate PINK event and shout out to find participants!

 

Cotton Rouge & Co/Cotton Rouge Photo, Staci Gibbs Make up and Mirrored Images Boudoir are teaming up.  Together we have created a vision that I would love to share with you as we gear up for year two of this amazing event.
Katie and I, as boudoir photographers, seek to empower women to accept and love themselves and we strive to help them embrace who they are inside and out.  With October (breast cancer awareness month) quickly approaching, we want to contribute to the celebration of life and survival of those who are currently fighting or have conquered breast cancer.  We are inviting 10-20 women to participate at each location (details below).  We strive to show off the bravery, strength and courage of women who participate.  There is no fee for the women, all artists are volunteering their time and talent to this cause.  They will be provided with professional hair and make up (from Cotton Rouge & Co and freelance artist Staci Gibbs from Atlanta) as well as digital files from the shoot.  We will do mainly group shots but also quick 5-10 min shoot with each woman alone.
 We have already started to receive interest from women in the area and know that this could benefit well over 20 women, we would like to hear their survival story and then begin the daunting task of narrowing the participants.  Please know that we will include as many woman as humanly possible, even if that number is over 20.
Detail breakdown:
Day One:
Where: Cotton Rouge & Co Studio: 250 Mill St, Taylors SC 29687
When: Sept 23  starting at 10am
*We consolidated the participants into one day 9/30.  We received a large amount of interest from GA ladies and less from SC.
Day Two:
Where: Mirrored Images Boudoir, 800 Georgia Ave Suite 5 & 6, Gainesville GA 30501
When: Sept 30  starting at 10am
What: As described above we are providing professional make up and hair, as well as a photo session (group and individual) to survivors and fighters of this disease.  Participants must be willing to sign a model release (allows all artists who have volunteered their time to publish/post images and share this incredible experience with others), must be 18+ years old, be willing to travel to location above.

** ADDED BONUS ** ladies who participate, The Teal Magnolia Salon in Cumming, GA is offering complimentary cut/color/style options for you as well!

There are NO FEE’S for participants.  We must be able to verify that you truly are a survivor or current fighter of breast cancer.  We want to provide a day of fun and celebration to these women, a day they will remember and cherish for many years.  Help us celebrate YOU.

To see images as well as a behind the scenes video from last years event, click here.

Contact shootme@mirroredimages.net for more information.
 See our segment on CBS46/Atlanta Plugged In about our Sparkle & Celebrate PINK event!