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Queen Chelsey-"A Gift For Myself And A Testament Of My Journey"

Hey beautiful Queens, in my line of work, I’ve had the privilege of hearing countless inspiring stories from incredible women much like Queen C. Many of them have shared their experiences facing challenges—whether it's anxiety, depression, trauma, or physical conditions. Yet, the resilience and strength I see in my clients are nothing short of extraordinary. Their stories have shown me that boudoir is so much more than just taking beautiful photos; it's about celebrating a client's journey, their body, and their unique beauty. I've seen women come in feeling uncertain and leave with a newfound sense of empowerment. I truly believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident in her own skin. You are strong, you are beautiful, and you are worth celebrating.💖

-Quinn xx

Why did you do your boudoir shoot?

To feel more confident in my body. At the end of 2022, I was really struggling with my mental health, and I got a formal diagnosis from a psychologist for my anxiety, depression, trauma, and ADHD. I started one-on-one therapy for anxiety and trauma, plus group therapy for HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa). When I was turning 25, my HS became a severe stage 3, and it limited what I could wear and my mobility. This really affected my self-confidence, and I spent all my vacation time on medical appointments to try to find a treatment that worked. I had finally found a treatment that worked, and I was expecting to be in remission from HS by my 26th birthday, but instead, I lost my first home in the May 2016 wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray, and the trauma of watching my home burn and evacuating through the flames cause my immune system to adapt to the treatment. The medication stopped working, and my HS got even more severe. I spent 2016 to 2019 completing my insurance claim and trying to finally get back to normal, on top of having to start over with finding a treatment for my HS that would work. By the end of 2019, I was ready for a fresh start with a new decade and my 30s!

Starting in 2020, I saw my year being filled with travel and celebrating, making it through the fire and starting to have my HS heal again. Then, a global pandemic and a once-in-100-year flood hit! My stress was very high in the spring of 2020, and I had been struggling to keep my health on track as it was hard to get medical care. My HS got bad, and I became my heaviest as my fatigue was extreme. Work brought me to Calgary in 2022, and I found amazing medical support; I was finally feeling physically well enough to start to tackle some of my mental health concerns. From my childhood trauma, I have always struggled to love my body, and the HS and weight gain had only made it worse.

In 2023, I decided I needed to be kinder to myself and my body because it has gotten me through so much! I was finally able to start moving on in 2023; I was able to be more active again, start to wear clothes that I felt like me in as my HS healed, I feel in love with someone who makes me feel loved and special, I lost some weight and gained some, I stopped starving myself as punishment for not being enough, and I bought my second home (and had my boyfriend move in)! On my 34th birthday, I spent it doing a boudoir shoot and then had dinner with my loving boyfriend and family.

What was your favourite part of the session?

The whole day made me feel special <3

What did doing this shoot do for your self-confidence, self-worth, and self-image?

I had so much fun at the shoot and I feel more confident in my body as it is right now.

Was your experience what you were expecting? If not, how was it different?

I was not sure what to expect, but Quinn fully captured my ideas for photos!

What was the best part of your experience? Would you change anything?

Taking the photos! I would probably stretch first next time, as it was a workout.

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