In an article done by the “Huffington Post” titled, “How I Learned to Love My Fat, Naked Body” (I think I would have given it an more positive title, but none the less) a woman talks about her journey in self acceptance…. read more below…
While packing for a recent shoot, I started playing dress up in my new lingerie from Hips & Curves. I couldn’t help but realize how much I love adorning my body with garments I used to fear. Frankly, I have always loved to be naked and lacked modesty at home, but never with a partner until my current one that is. The bigger I became, whether through having a son, trauma, etc., the thought of someone seeing my body, at what I used to consider “my worst” nearly brought me to tears.
Now I cannot imagine a life without cage bras (like the photos below taken tonight) corsets, negligees, or dare I say… bare. How did I get there, to a place of lingerie and self awareness heaven?
Even as a model, I still have a belly, cellulite, stretch marks, and thanks to nursing a son- not the perkiest boobs. However, that doesn’t devalue me at all. I think if anything, it makes my body more interesting. Like my tattoos, they tell a story and I can tell you where I was or how I was feeling at that moment, similar to when I look at my body. “This scar is from when I had a C-section.” “These scars are from crashing my bike on the gravel after not wearing a helmet even after my mother warned me multiple times.” “My stretch marks are from puberty, and many years after,” etc.
Our bodies tell a story, and everyone’s journey is different, everybody is different, unique, and exquisite. The only problem is that not everyone one respects that or comprehends that we don’t have to all look like a cookie cutter or perfect picture of “health.” We have so many forces around us that try and influence us otherwise. Why be our own worst enemy? Even if you don’t have a partner to dress up (or take it off) for, do it for yourself. Our relationships with ourselves and our bodies are the most important ones we will ever have.
You are worthy of feeling:
… AND BEAUTIFUL.
Tess Munster is a plus-size model, make-up artist, blogger and activist. She writes a blog called The Plus Size Life.
We certainly couldn’t agree more Tess! Thank you for inspiring all women to forget the scale and love themselves!
xoxo- Marissa and the Diva Team
HEADSHOTS TO GET AHEAD event. A fundraiser for Dress For Success San Diego.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
RSVPs recommended but not required. Priority given to RSVPs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies only please
$25 for headshots: includes 5 digital airbrushed images that will be emailed to you 2 weeks after event. Option to upgrade to more images on disc or add an additional “look” to the package. You may pay by credit card or cash the day of.
Every professional needs an amazing headshot whether for social media, business cards, email signatures, etc. And WE are definitely in the business of taking amazing photos of women! ;) In the recently official launch of our “Believe in Beauty” campaign, we were eager to work even harder to stand by our mission of empowering women. When we were introduced to Dress for Success, we instantly inspired by their mission, passion and dedication. These are women who give so much of themselves to help other. Us ladies put our heads together, and a “headshots” party seemed like a win/win from all angles.
Dress for Success’ mission to is to empower women who need a helping hand and prepare them for the work place. From etiquette, to clothing, to overall confidence, Dress for Success missions is “to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” Their amazing endevour is run off the generosity of others, and we immediately wanted to find a way to help.
This is not only going to be a day to have gorgeous photos taken, but also a day of girly fun all around! Here are some of the fun vendors we hope to have….
- ELAINE SWAN: An etiquette coach giving us a 20 min chat about how to be the refined woman we hope to grow up to be someday
- PEGGY ROGERS: A demo by the wonderful make-up & hair magician Peggy Rogers, teaching us 5 very quick work appropriate & hip do’s to do in a rush before work. And speedy career barbie make-up. How to look killer in a rush!
- BON AFFAIR: A wine spritzer company
- STEPS TO STEELO: A boutique truck
- VINAVANTI: Organic Winery
- GREEN TRUCK: Healthy Food Truck
- SHOP STOP ROLL: Killer Boutique Truck
- SD FIT: Line of women’s fitness wear
- DAMSEL IN DEFENSE: A booth with self defense products designed just for women
- STELLA & DOT: Awesome jewelry line
& more, like a DJ, tours of the awesome studio, and other fun and cute booths! This will be an amazing day to share with your girlfriends, or even just come on your own and meet new ladies!
See you there!
xoxoxo- Marissa and the Divette Team!
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about what to get your man for the holidays! Are you tired of getting him ties, watches, and cologne? (And is HE tired of receiving all of that?) This year, give him the Sexiest Gift™ that he could ever receive: beautiful photos of the love of his life!
Ready to see this reaction on YOUR man’s face?! We are doing a HUGE holiday sale this year – and it is one that you don’t want to miss. Book your shoot now until December 13, and you’ll receive 25% off your ENTIRE package or productions! We think this is a killer deal – in fact, it’s our biggest sale of the year. If you have any questions at all, we would love to chat with you – so give us a call!
*May not be combined with any other offers or specials. Must metion “Holiday 2013 sale” at time of BOOKING your shoot!
So if you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that our Diva Team loves to have fun. We also don’t take ourselves too seriously when we post our silly videos… and I think this one might take the cake for the silliest ever. :) If you want to see our excitement about Christmas and about this huge holiday sale, please watch the video below:
What are you waiting for?! Give us a call if you have any questions or if you’re ready to take advantage of this huge sale! 858-485-0443. Or shoot us an email: 858-485-0443… we look forward to chatting with you about your session! xoxo, The Diva Team (Marissa, Kimberlee, Deena, Erin, Sarah, Lindsey, and Peggy!)
We are SO incredibly honored to say that we were recently featured in FINE MAGAZINE!
There’s an awesome write-up about us in there (click here if you want to read the whole thing)… and beyond that, Marissa was also able to shoot an entire editorial spread for the November edition of the mag. SO cool!
Here are more images from that editorial shoot. Oh, and be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to watch an entire behind-the-scenes video of the shoot!!!
We wanna give a huge thank you to the fabulous Daisy Varley for filming and editing this awesome video for us!
Hello everyone! Just a quick post today to let you all know that we’ve got some fun new PRESS to share with you over on our site! We’re so blessed whenever we get good press & attention… we never want to brag about ourselves or our business, but we are just so honored and appreciative. Thank you for all the support and love. It just proves how important boudoir photography can be in the life of a woman, giving her confidence and a new-found love of her body! Go check out the PRESS PAGE to read all the cool stuff we’ve been able to be featured in lately!
Happy Monday everyone!!! We just wanted to follow-up with you about Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Contest, and let you know that unfortunately we didn’t make it into the next round. BUT – we wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who voted for us over the past few months! We got SO much love and support from all of you, and all of your votes got us ranked SO HIGH on the list! We were in the top 100 and even in the top 50 for a while there. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. If you didn’t have a chance to watch our Small Business Big Game Commercial, go check it out!
And while we’re talking about videos… have you subscribed to our Boudoir Divas Youtube Channel yet?! We love posting videos of our photo shoots, our travels, our lives, and lots of silly behind-the-scenes vids from the studio. We have some really cool videos in the line-up that will be coming soon, so if you don’t want to miss any of them, make sure you go subscribe! Hope you all have a fabulous week. xoxo, K&M
It was a chilly fall morning when we took Peggy (our gorgeous and talented hair and make-up artist!) to the outskirts of San Diego for a just-for-fun outdoor boudoir photo shoot. Pegs was recently hitched, so we took this opportunity to snap some shots of her in her beautiful, vintage wedding day garb with our own boudoir twist! With Halloween right around the corner, we feel this shoot perfectly captures the “spirit” of the holiday. Thank you, Peggy, for getting up at the crack of dawn with us to play around in the wilderness. We love you. <3
We have so many gals calling in and planning to make this Christmas their sexiest yet!!!! They are booking their packages early to be
sure that that get their biggest holiday to-do checked off! If you are considering giving this to your man, or even yourself, for the holidays, then these time frames above are very important.
Our calendar is going to start to book up for Christmas, so be sure to call to get your ideal timeframe.
Merry Christmas, well actually, Happy Halloween!! ;)
Did you know that you can now browse our dressing room via theboudoirdivas.com? We’ve put together some our favorite pieces from our Diva Dressing Room to inspire styling for your boudoir shoot! Here are a few different options for your photography session (and of course you can mix and match!) Be sure to visit our Dressing Room online to see more. :)