It’s hard for me to know where to start with sharing this announcement. Partly because I’m still processing it myself, even though it’s a decision I’ve made myself, and ultimately have positive feelings about.
To put it bluntly, I’m closing my studio, and retiring from shooting boudoir.
My last shoot is this upcoming Sunday, and I’ll be moving out of my studio space in the next few weeks.
I don’t know if I can say this news is 100% shocking, as I’ve been very obviously distant in the group for a long while. Like I posted earlier this year, it’s been hard to come into this space created for empowering women, & empower others without being in an empowered place myself. But I’ve been so intertwined with boudoir and photography for the past 5/6 years, that it seems like such a sudden decision. In actuality, it’s something that’s been tugging at my heart for a long while now, that until very recently, I didn’t realize has also been something I’ve been actively fighting against.
I love photography, and boudoir, and 1000% believe in the importance and power of it. As women, it is SO important that we see & believe in our beauty, inside and out. Because there are so many things being thrown at us that make us question and doubt it in us. But I also know that shooting boudoir is a HUGE responsibility, and creating an empowering experience is essential and the weight of that is not lost on me.
That’s why I’ve decided not to make this more of an “extended retirement”, and not do the “Last Call” I originally had in mind when I made this decision. After my session on Sunday, I will be taking some time to refill my cup, and find my inner harmony again.
The few in my inner circle I’ve told this to, thank you for supporting me through making this tough, bittersweet decision.
I want to thank all of you for supporting me & uplifting me, and all the women in our community. You all have been my safe space, my hype squad, and sisterhood for years now, and I am so indebted to everything you’ve been for me the past few years.
I’m happy to share that I do have special plans for our community, so please continue to be a part of this space, and don’t feel sad that it will disappear. I will share those plans in time, once the dust settles from the studio move-out. This space was built on the goal of empowering others, and I’m happy to say that my plans will allow for that to continue on, just in different way than it has been.
Beyond that, I will also still be doing photography, just with a different purpose. Some of you may not know this about me, but most of my background is in graphic design. Going forward, I hope to become a support for other boudoir photographers and small business owners through web design, interior design, graphic design, and other ways.
I’m beginning to feel that boudoir, The Bee & The Key, this Queendom, and my journey into self-discovery and understanding my Neurodivergence, are all puzzle pieces that I’m starting to put together and seeing the bigger picture of what I’m “meant” to do. I don’t 100% know what that is yet, but I do know that this part of my journey has undoubtedly played the biggest role in bringing me closer to it.
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