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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!

Heather is one of the few clients that I’ve actually cried with.  I do my best to keep my composure when our clients tell us about their lives – but sometimes I can’t.  She told me the story of her deceased husbands addiction to opiate pain medication, an epidemic I’m very familiar with, and I couldn’t hold my emotions back.  Luckily, our moment(s) of tears happened before makeup and hair so for her first session so we were ready to rock and channel that emotion when the time came.

As a nurse, people open up about their life because they feel like they can and they should.  But as a boudoir photographer, when someone opens up to me I like to think it’s their CHOICE.  You don’t have to tell me anything about your life or why you’re sitting in my studio, but if you do it’ll make your experience that much better.  Not only will the emotion show in your images but the session will truly be like therapy.

Lets Meet Heather…

 

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I lost myself in a dead marriage.  My husband passed away after several years of being addicted to prescription pain medication for an injury.  The injury and the opiate pain medication changed who he was and changed our marriage.  I allowed myself to believe every hateful and demeaning word said to me for a long time.  I came to a crossroad in life and was given the opportunity to start over.  Mirrored Images came into my life and has given me a new view of myself.  I have put every bit of myself into my family for over 15 years and last year I decided it was time to do something for myself, finally.  I couldn’t have picked a better starting point.  I love myself first for the first time in 20 years.

I have shared the pictures with family, friends, co-workers, and my new boyfriend.  I have had more uplifting comments and support than I ever would have imagined.  Most of all I can teach my two daughters exactly what a beautiful woman is, not just what is in magazines.  I have cried over my looks but you gave me a light that everyone around me sees now.  I tell them of my experience and they are amazed.  All of my friends know that my life changed the day I had my photo shoot.

 

Heather has had TWO shoots with us in the last year, here’s a few shots from each.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you are not alone.  There are online resources as well as treatment facilities and outpatient therapies to help.

Opiate Overdose Crisis

National Helpline / Treatment Referral Service

Kellie is one of our OG GLAMbassadors.  We met shortly after I opened the studio, she stumbled across our work and decided she needed to do a boudoir session.  She never had the thought prior to, and the changes she’s made inside and out have been remarkable.  She takes times for HER now… as we all should.  I love her spirit and we are grateful to have her on our team.

Lets Meet Kellie…

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I am 45 years young, a wife of 15 years and I have 3 children ages 24,12 and 11. I was married to my oldest childs father for 4 years and divorced him when she was 2. I was a single mother for about 6 years before I met my husband and moved 2 hours from my family and friends.
 
Ive spent the last 15 years at home raising babies, being a wife and taking care of everyone except me. I gained 30lbs and really didn’t care about my appearance. I lost my best friend, my father in law and my father to cancer all in the same year and became extremely depressed. I had always been a little depressed because of the lifestyle we led. My husband is completely opposite than I am and its been very hard on me. I literally woke up one day and said ” that’s it. its time to do something for me’. I started losing weight, wearing makeup again, buying new clothes and spending time with old friends back home. I could feel “myself” coming back to me and it felt so freeing!! I’m determined to not be back in that mentality and I know I’m going to have to make some major changes in my life to become truly happy again. 
 
I found Jenn last summer and she made me see myself in a way I never had imagined. My husband is not a very affectionate person and it has done a number on my self confidence and self esteem. I booked the session for myself and its been life changing for me.
 
 I want to be a glambassador because I believe in Jenn’s vision for all women to see themselves through her lens. It would give me joy to mentor to women who are in similar situations that I have been through and it will bless me to help just one. I believe I have a lot of knowledge to share because of the experiences I have had in my 45 years of life! I learned so much from my own mistakes and I see and hear women taking the same path as I did and it is heartbreaking! 
 
 I feel like I deserve the position because I am OLD and I have scarified myself to everyone else for so many years and its time to have something that is just for me! I am a social butterfly and even though I moved here 15 years ago I still don’t have many close friends like I do back home. AS women and mothers, we give so much to others and rarely take time for us. We need to remember that even though we are wives and mothers, we are still female and need to take care of ourselves and embrace our feminine side. If we don’t, there’s a chance we will loose ourselves. This is do know from experience! 
 
 As a glambassador I will promote self love, self empowerment and encourage women to embrace their inner beauty. My moto has always been “pretty is as pretty does” (thanks Mom) and if you have an ugly heart, no amount of Staci Gibbs badass makeup skills can make you beautiful!
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