Pittsburgh Shibari Boudoir

Pittsburgh Shibari Boudoir Session

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This blog post has been a long time coming. One because I greatly despise blogging, but also because I have yet to find the words to describe the boudoir session I had with this beautiful human. I have never been around someone who is so authentic, so raw, so unafraid to be 100% their own individual. The energy in the studio that day was contagious (we were also celebrating a birthday!!).

I love when my clients bring their own flare to their sessions, when they know who they are and I’m just there to capture their beauty. This client did just that. She brought things unique and meaningful to her. A David Bowie outfit and a bubble machine, a sweater with pearls and a Ruth Bader Ginsburg bra, a tulle skirt with feather top, ropes.

The thing I loved most about this session is the transition from fun and playful to powerful and downright sexy. When this client asked if she could bring the ropes she uses with her husband to her session, I was excited but also nervous. What if I didn’t capture the images she was looking for? What if I had absolutely no idea what to do with this look?

It turns out that the result was far better than I could have imagined. For those that don’t know, shibari is a form of japanese erotic rope bondage. A shibari experience, is about building trust between the artist (the rigger) and the canvas (the person being tied). It represents vulnerability, strength, sensuality, which is everything we captured that day in the studio and more.

Read more below about this amazing boudoir session in our client’s own words. To book your own session, contact me here!

What was your #1 motivator to book your experience?

My body has experienced a wide spectrum of feelings that are connected directly to the core of my ness (this is my word that means “soul,” as I don’t believe in the concept of souls). Immense pleasure, softness, warmth, comfort, growth, stretching, indescribable pain, trauma at the hands of those I’d loved, trauma at the hands of strangers, and healing and healing and healing.

The violence and pain my communities over the past year tore open wounds in me that I had ignored, thinking that they were gone or had turned into scars. I came to an impasse where I’d run out of ways to shove the feelings down and so took the difficult road to acknowledge my trauma, seek help, make space for myself, learn to love myself, and grow into the woman I want to be. Nearly all of the work has been focused on my mind.

I knew a piece was missing.

My body created and sustained life.
My body forgives and falters.
My body is mine.
MINE.
MINE.
MINE.
My body continues to surprise and fascinate me.
My body is a marvel.
My body belongs to a survivor.

I chose to have this experience to honor, embrace, and celebrate my body for all of the life it has allowed me to enjoy and endure. And to also serve as a tangible reminder to hold myself in love, peace, acceptance, and worth.

And there is nothing I’m not worthy of.

What did doing this shoot do for your self confidence, self worth, and self image? Tell me your story.

Something unlocked within me the moment I stepped out of my session. I actively seek out opportunities to feel my best every day. I now realize I can create a life that incorporates radical self love every day, even in small ways, I’ve given myself the permission to treat myself the way I would my best friend, child, or lover. And that doing so doesn’t make me selfish, a bad partner/worker/mother/daughter/sister/friend/community member. First and foremost, I am just me. I don’t need to be defined by my contextual relationships with others and the world. Being 100% focused on celebrating my beauty and strength allowed me to understand I am totally and unapologetically enough, without showing up for anyone else but myself.

What specifically was your favorite part of the experience, and why? Could we have changed anything?

How to pick a favorite?! I love how much FUN I had. Yes, this was a very life-changing and serious experience for me, but I also had a total blast. I laughed until my sides hurt and smiled until my cheeks were sore. I loved the experience of being playful and completely present in mind and body. I mean…. Did you peep those bubble photos?! How can you not have fun while being showered in bubbles?!

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