Every Mom should have a Boudoir session! #YMCCommunity #goodlife

So, you’ve squeezed out a kid or more and you’re feeling that your body is not exactly the picture of beauty.

Photo credit: BBC.com

Photo credit: BBC.com

You’re not alone. Many women feel that there bodies are “too fluffy”, their boobs are not where they used to be and their newly acquired “Tiger Stripes” should be kept hidden.

In the last few years, there have been several ad campaigns with major brand names, celebrating the “Mom Body”.

And so it should be.

Us women go through a tremendous amount of physical and emotional change as we grow, give birth and nurture the little beings that make us Moms. Not only do our bodies stretch in ways that we never thought possible while we were pregnant, but after the fruit of our loins emerge into the world, we now give up sleep, proper eating and perhaps some personal hygiene which makes us feel even less attractive.

We fill up our phones and cameras with pictures of our little ones, but mysteriously, Mom is usually absent from these images. Most of the time because we are the ones taking all the pictures, but probably the main reason is that we feel like we’re not “photo ready”.

Well it’s time for Mommy to have her turn. Give her the opportunity to let the beauty that is hiding on the inside a chance come out and show the world (or at least her chosen audience).

Mommy needs a Boudoir session.

Boudoir sessions have come a long way since the days of yore. There are so many options to be had when having one done. You don’t need to be scantily clad in a bra and panties, rather a slouchy sweater and a pair of boxer shorts. Maybe your hubby’s favourite team jersey or one of his work shirts and a tie paired with a classy hat. Whatever you would feel most comfortable in…or not in 😉

I personally have had two sessions. One was done outdoors and the other was a fun Halloween inspired shoot. I would be the last one to say that I was beautiful, but I felt beautiful and that’s what’s most important.

Outdoor Boudoir

Joanna Moss Photography

Boudoir by Jessica Rae

Boudoir by Jessica Rae

A good Boudoir photographer really knows how to capture their subject’s best features using proper lighting and angles. Pinterest is a great resource to seek out different poses, hair and make-up ideas and what you could wear…or not wear 😉 Do your own hair and make-up, make an appointment at a local salon or cosmetics counter or ask your photographer if they have a preferred hair and make-up artist that they work with.

I’m still working on my physical self with running and going to GoodLife Fitness in the plans of having another Boudoir session. Perhaps showing a little more skin than previously…

Have you lost all your “baby weight” and want to celebrate it? Have you found a new sense of confidence and want to show it off?

So what are you waiting for? Book your session and bring along your best girlfriend for courage and to help you with your poses (I don’t recommend bringing along your two year old like I did). Relax, have fun and let your inner beautiful shine on the outside too!

This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Au Naturel vs. Make-up

I started wearing make-up back in Elementary school.

The start of becoming a woman.

The start of becoming a woman.

Not because I needed it, but because the tween magazines back then were very popular amongst the girls in my school and they contained “How-To’s” for putting on make-up and which colours suited your eyes, etc.

One of my best friends would always get the coolest gifts for her Birthday and Christmas, usually which consisted of a multi-colour make-up compact complete with everything required to put on a full face of make-up.

We would go in to the girls bathroom with her make-up and the tween magazines and try to re-create what we saw on the pages and for the most part (at least in our 11-12 year old minds) we looked good. What pre-pubescent boy wouldn’t take interest and want to sneak in a kiss behind the bushes after school?

Magazines from the 80's.

Magazines from the 80’s.

This was my introduction in to the world of cosmetics.

Upon entering the institution of high school, I noticed that more girls were wearing make-up and had their hair done nicely. These were the popular girls. I wanted to be one of them. I would get up early everyday and make sure that my make-up was perfect and the not a strand of hair was out of place. It didn’t make me popular, but I felt that it kept me in the “neutral zone”, so that I wouldn’t get picked on. I still got picked on, but not because I was “ugly”, but because I was overweight.

Getting picked on.

Teenagers can be so cruel.

I remember being in grade 9 and a cute boy asked me to be his girlfriend. He was a nice guy and I really liked him. He would come to my school after class and wait by my locker for me. The popular girls couldn’t believe it and even tried to convince him that they’d be better off with them instead of me. He didn’t fall for it. I thank him for that to this day.

Jumping ahead a couple of years to grade 11, I was in an art class and the project that we were doing was to take plaster cast material and make a mask of our face to later paint. I was mortified and on the verge of tears. I would have to be make-upless in front of my classmates and one of the most popular guys, that picked on me, was in my class!!! After everyone started, I went up to my teacher, discretely, and expressed my fear. She sympathized with me and suggested that I come in before school started the following day and she would do it for me and I would have enough time to put my face back on before anyone saw me.

Great teacher!

Great teacher!

If anyone asked me who my most memorable teacher was, I’d definitely have to say her because she was the most kind and helpful woman to me during my most trying years. This is also the teacher who suggested that I take a Make-up Artistry Program once I graduated. Which I did. Funny enough, I didn’t take the course because of fashion make-up, it was because I wanted to do the Special Effects Make-up. Now THAT is my passion.

So after completing the Make-up Program, I managed to get a few jobs, but they were VERY boring ones. Subsequently, this led to the demise of my Make-Up Artist career path. I did not want to work at a cosmetics counter.

Makeup Artist at work.

Makeup Artist at work.

Jump ahead 19 years, and the idea of being a MUA gets rekindled. I have spent all these years perfecting MY look, so I am familiar with day make-up as well as evening looks. But cosmetics have come a long way since I finished school and the techniques and cosmetics themselves have evolved and I am standing here unfamiliar and overwhelmed. The investment in starting up a Make-up Artistry business is a pretty big one because there are so many different skin types and skin colours, that your kit would be massive to accommodate all your clients. I think for the time being, I’ll stick to being my own make-up artist.

Do you go au naturel or would you not be caught dead going out without “putting your face on”?