2018 turned out to be the best year yet for Ashley Layden Photography. I feel like I say this every year, because it is absolutely true. I am so incredibly thankful for all the women who have chosen me and trusted me to capture their beauty and their worth. I’m thankful for those who opened their heart to the world of boudoir when they never thought this is something that they would ever do!
“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”
– Salma Hayek
I am usually greeted with one of two responses when I talk to others about boudoir photography or doing a boudoir session. The responses are “Oh, I could never do that” or “ I’ve always wanted to do that, I just haven’t got the courage.” I am here for both of those women. My goal is to show those who believe their body doesn’t belong in a sexy image and those who can’t quite seem to take the plunge that they are in fact worthy and able.
I’m here to tell you if you decide to do one thing for yourself in 2019, let it be this kind of self-love.
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The term “Boudoir” is French and was originally coined as the name for a woman’s dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room. At some point, it also became the descriptive moniker for intimate lifestyle photography. The setting for these types of photoshoots is almost always a bedroom or a private setting but more and more often they are not limited to just indoor locations.
What I love most about boudoir is this becomes a shoot in which you are most vulnerable, in your most private underthings and even just in the nude. Where you bare it all and give into loving and connecting with yourself. Accepting your beauty and flaunting it, celebrating the little things that make you so uniquely you. Capturing the secret things that make people fall for you.
After doing my own boudoir session I felt the calling to help change women’s lives, just as mine was changed. To empower women, and to instill confidence in women. I want women to embrace their beauty, their sexuality, and their power when they come into my studio. I want their confidence to sky rocket and to leave with a sense of fulfillment.
Check out what Amberly had to say about her boudoir session this year.
“It’s amazing how we are our own worst critic when it comes to our bodies! I know that I am. Isn’t it funny? Our God-given bodies, we pick apart… little by little, until we are disgusted with it all. You guys, during my shoot with Ashley… I was amazed at how confident I was feeling about myself. And it wasn’t because my body changed… it was because I had a cheerleader with words of love being poured over me. Not only is she an amazingly talented photographer… Ashley is a precious, genuine soul who makes you KNOW that you’re beautiful. Since my shoot, I have been repeating the sweet words over myself daily. “You are gorgeous, you’ve got this, you’re perfect” and so on. Why shouldn’t we think these things about ourselves. Our bodies are incredible and we should stand in the mirror & take the time to be in awe at the amazing things our bodies have been through! After my reveal session today, I cannot stress enough how important it is to love yourself! As I scrolled through every single photo…. I LOVE every image Ashley caught! I love everything that I once saw as an imperfection. Because it’s ME. I’ve carried two children. I’ve survived situations that most wouldn’t have. I have wrinkles on my face & stretch marks on my boobs! But ASHLEY saw all of that through the lense and made it stunning in a photo! I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone & scheduling with her! From makeup, to hair, to posing & pics… you will look & feel like a million bucks! Because your ARE! ????”
Let’s chat if you are interested in booking your 2019 boudoir session. I’d love to have you. Head on over to my contact page by clicking here: https://ashleylayden.com/contact
A huge thank you goes out to my amazing team who has been exceptional, and a huge part of the success of ALP and all our boudoir sessions this year!
Check out our year in review here!
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