I wanted to share Queen K's amazing and inspirational story with you all. Boudoir, for many years, has been defined by women as more than a photography session of spicy photos to gift to your loved ones, but as an empowering and life-changing experience. When I hear stories such as Queen K's, I am reminded of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to support and uplift women through my art. Queen K is truly an inspiring woman and another amazing and deserving Queen with whom I was lucky enough to work. I am so unbelievably proud of her journey and can't thank her enough for letting me be a part of it.
Here is her story:
It was absolutely wonderful to do my first boudoir shoot with Quinn, who values women’s mental health and empowers women to see themselves in all their beautiful glory. I have wanted to do a boudoir shoot for about 15 years now; however, a twenty-year-old me wanted to do a boudoir shoot not from a place of celebration but out of spite, a big screw you to a community that made me feel unworthy. I am so glad I waited and had the experience come from a place of wanting to love and celebrate my body for me, not an act of rebellion. The experience was beyond what I could have ever imagined, and I did not expect to feel so comfortable and safe so quickly in such an intimate and vulnerable situation.
I grew up in a religious and repressive environment, where a woman’s only worth was what she could provide to others; her body and sexuality were something to be hidden away with shame. When these ideals are ingrained into your being from such a young age, breaking that narrative is challenging. My journey of healing, self-love and compassion was a wild ride, not only battling society’s definition of beauty and a woman's worth being determined by her waist size, there was the added complexity of a woman’s worthiness being weighed by how “good and pure” she is, as well as, how giving of herself to serve others. The healing process is full of different phases: darkness and light, progress and regression, and self-compassion and insecurities. When I booked my shoot, I was in a waning grade, getting caught up in negative self-talk and not prioritizing my self-care over the care of others. The simple act of scheduling the boudoir shoot sparked a sense of empowerment, and the process of preparing for the shoot reignited a sense of love and appreciation for my body; the body that has been with me through trauma and healing deserved to be embraced and celebrated in its beautiful phase, just as it is in this moment.
I wish every woman could have the opportunity to do a boudoir shoot with Quinn. Whether you're full or in a phase of waxing or waning, you have worth; you are a goddess; celebrate the beauty in every stage.