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We see posts and articles all over the place as to why YOU should get your booty into a boudoir session, but have you ever wondered why I want to offer you the boudoir experience? I am Julie Fridley. I own Jewel Boudoir, and here is my why.
“We all want to feel beautiful and it is great to feel it from our loved ones but it is even better when we believe it ourselves.”
Growing up I felt like an ugly duckling. I didn’t feel beautiful. I didn’t grow up hearing that I was pretty very often. I was so hopeful to be liked and to be loved but I never portrayed any confidence and I allowed people to treat me poorly. I wanted love and attention so bad that I would seek it out any form I could, even if it was negative or hurtful to me. I put everyone else’s needs above my own and took care of everyone but myself. I am sure so many women can relate.
“We don’t build ourselves up enough!”
After my own boudoir shoot many years ago, I just saw myself differently. I felt beautiful and said wow, look at all my curves. I no longer needed to look to others to feel beautiful, boudoir offered me a way to truly see it for myself. Immediately I knew from that day forward, I would not allow others to treat me poorly again. I had a confidence that I had never experienced before.
It hit me like a ton of bricks. I know that I may not be at the ideal place with my body that I want to be… even confident women have goals!
But I can now look at myself and say, I love you. You are a beautiful lady. I can appreciate all that I am, all that I have done, and all that I have to offer! I found a love and an appreciation for myself that I thought I had lost long ago.
When you feel down on yourself and you tear yourself apart constantly its hard to break that. Most people who were like me and did those things, rarely take photos of themselves, and when they do, they tear apart every inch of the image. I do boudoir because I know that feeling. I know what its like to dislike the girl you see in the mirror and cringe at every photo taken of you. Constantly overanalyzing yourself and wondering what others are thinking.
I do boudoir because I know that we all need a little help sometimes. Often all it takes is a leap of faith in yourself, a leap of faith in a professional, and a day of self-care to help pop that bubble of insecurity.
I do boudoir because sometimes we need proof. Although it feels good to hear others telling us we are beautiful, sometimes we need more, we need our own proof. I do boudoir because it has given me the opportunity to truly PROVE to each woman that walks through my doors, from all walks of life and backgrounds that they too are beautiful not despite of their flaws, but because of them!
I have created a business where I can give each woman the love that she needs, the support that she needs, and the space that she needs to jump out of her comfort zone and truly live life to the fullest! To finally put yourself first for once, to recreate your own self-image and continue to grow and blossom through life is the most liberating thing you can do for yourself!
Boudoir truly changed my life and I knew that if I worked hard enough at learning the technicalities of a camera, that I could be a part of the solution, instead of keeping myself in the gutter of the problem.
It is through my passion for female empowerment and my passion for photography that I am able to create artistic, beautiful, and elegant photos of my clients. Photos they are proud of, photos they can look at for years to come and be reminded just how worthy and beautiful they truly are.
Knowing I hold the key to giving someone their life back, giving someone the liberation to be 100% authentically proud of who they are, and giving someone the confidence they need to see through the bullshit, is a role I do not take for granted.
I love my job. I love serving others. And at the end of the day if all I do is make one woman feel like the Goddess that she truly is, then I have done just as was intended and that is enough for me.
“This is boudoir. This is my why. This is me. Every woman deserves to feel beautiful.” – xoxo Julie
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