Helen’s Story and Her Boudoir Shoot
Boudoir shoots are often empowering and affirming for the girls and women who come in and do them.
Helen’s story really moved me, especially the post shoot conversations on FaceBook.
So here is the whole story has told through FaceBook
OUR PRE-SHOOT EMAILS REGARDS PREPARING FOR IT:
Helen: Looking forward to it but nervous too! Been working hard at gym! X
Simon: You’ll enjoy it – seriously a lot of girls feel really nervous for the first 5 minutes but at the end feel really liberated
Helen: I’m sure I will wouldn’t do it with anyone but u, felt very comfortable the last time just gotta keep up with gym so don’t av to breathe in all the way thro! X
Helen: Hi Simon, have got a few sets of undies to bring to photo shoot and a long chemise type thing and some jewellery is there anything else I need? Am getting V nervous, have a bit of a hangup about myself this is y i’m doing it, bordered anorexia as a teenager and have awful scars on my chest from spots and a UV intolerance, hoping these pics will give me the chance to look at myself and think i’m “ok”!! , sorry for blabbering on x
Simon: Good selection of undies, shoes and accessories is good. Don’t worry about scars etc. all will be removed. Don’t forget stockings or similar. A “body” type underwear can be good and a blokes shirt
Helen: That’s brill thanks Simon have got stockings and heels but forgot to put that!!! X
Helen: By the way if I feel brave enough may go starkers! Bit like pic of Dawn French (how to look good naked style) if that’s ok x
Simon: of course – seriously you are in charge – you do as much or as little as you want.
Helen: I have taken some photos of styles of pics I have seen n quite like can I msge them to u to have a look please? Just some ideas xx
Simon: Yeah, either send em on FaceBook or email them over, whichever is easiest
Helen: Obviously i’m not half as slim as the models so may not look good for me n not so sure on so much bum crack showing!! X
Simon: I notice there are no faces in any of these
Seriously, this is a nice selection, we can certainly do these together
Helen: Oh yeah!! Maybe that’s my subconscious telling us something!! Have got a corset and cardi n leather jacket to bring too.
Oh and pearls.
Helen: Only a few days now!! Hope yer airbrushing software good….zit outbreak just at wrong time! Tut xxx
Helen: Looking forward to tomo, hope it warms up tis chapel hat peg weather!!! See u at 11.
Helen: Thank you so much for yesterday to you and Lucy, I really really loved it and am already walking taller!!
Simon you are wonderful at what you do…..every woman should have one!!!xxxx
Simon: Aw shucks…
Helen: Thank you AGAIN!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
AND THIS IS THE FACEBOOK CONVERSATION HELEN HAD WITH HER FRIENDS AFTERWARDS:
Today I shall be mostly boring people with my pictures!! So if anyone will be offended by a 5ft 9 size 12/14 nearly 40 year old in not many clothes feel free to unfriend me now!! Or u can bitch about them then unfriend me!!!!
Nicki: Can’t imagine much unfriending going on! X
Theresa: as long as your walking 12ft tall no one has the right to bring you down. xx
Barnaby: It’s when *I* start posting half-naked pictures, that the unfriending starts. I knew I shouldn’t have worn that lingerie. Xx
Jenny: I can’t wait to see the pictures fuck what p thinks
Barnaby: P.S. The thing is, friends should be exactly that – friendly. If anyone you know is judgemental, critical, rude, unsupportive or makes you feel uncomfortable, then they don’t deserve to be labelled a ‘friend’. Simples. Xx
Tanya: Cant wait see them xxxx
Helen: Barnaby: I totally agree but u wld be amazed, I know not everyone will approve or agree or even like the pics, i’m not a model type I have bad skin, scars, jelly belly and large hips but I hope others who are not perfect either n have body issues will look n think they would like it done, it was fab and I loved it once the sweaty palms/pits n feeling sick had stopped Simon was amazing and I felt totally at ease with him and most of all I can look at myself and accept who I am warts, zits, scars n all!!!! Xxxxx
Andrea: Where are they then????
Barnaby: I’m sure you’re your own harshest critic! But, I think everyone that knows you, can see you are beautiful on the outside AND inside. That’s a rare combination. I’m chuffed we re-connected. Keep on being you. Xx
Andrea: You rock girlfriend xxx
Those of us who cherish true friendship accept you and are proud of you
Who knows, I might even take the plunge myself…
Mind you I have 11 yrs on you!
Can they photoshop more than a smattering of cellulite ?????????
Helen: Andrea: sort of……and am off to see them at 11!! Barnaby: that is such a lovely thing to say, thanku, I am harsh on myself but think most women are, i’m glad we re-connected too u lovely person you!! Xxxxxx
Tanya: The people that matter to u r only ones u need worry about . Them and them only x we accept u for wot u r. A lush genuine loving lady xx with heart size football.
Helen: Ha ha ha ha Anj u daft bugger u are gorge u go for it I bloody loved it and ‘im hoping photoshopping is good cos I bet Simon has used it a fair bit!!! Xxx
Helen: Tanya I loves u too with my ‘heart sized football!!! Lol!!!! Xxxxxx
Eileen: I won’t be ‘bitching’ about them or unfriending you!
Tanya: Heehee…meant say heart THE size of a football ! Not a football as a heart lol xx
Helen: I knew wot u meant!! Xx
Andrea: Look at all the support of have got..
See…. Don’t doubt yourself.. Not ever xx
Helen: Loves u Anj……was only a viewing today, they were more than I could ever have expected, am so happy….simon took some silhouette side on ones they don’t even look like me they are fab and hadn’t even been retouched!!!!
THEN THE SECOND THREAD:
Was only a viewing today and they were amazing, Simon has a magic camera!!! Nowt like being a tease…..u gotta wait a few weeks to see um!!!
Jenny: Really ooo not fair simon lol
Helen: He is amazing but not a miracle worker!! He showed me all the untouched ones I am so happy with them and touched that I started to cry…..silly cow I am!!! Xx
Jenny: Lol no your not its just been a emotional week with whats happened at home
Helen: Do u know what? First time I have ever looked at myself and thought “god u look alright Mrs!!!!”
AND THEN SHE POSTS THE FIRST IMAGE:
Helen: changed her profile picture.
Andrea: Ooo errrr missis
HOT HOT HOT
Nicole: very nice!
Donna: Stunner x
Debbie: Stunning xx
Jenny: Yehhhh sexy lady
Nikki: U look lovely Helen xx
Lynne: Lovely, lovely, lovely…..xxxxx
Helen: Nice eyelashes ehh?! Xx
Becky: Beautiful xx
Dave: Helen….Looking fantastic!
AND THEN SOME MORE
photo shoot with the wonderful Simon: (10 photos)
My nearly hitting 40 photos!! — at Filmphoto.co.uk
Jill: Well Helen – these are wonderful photos of a gorgeous woman! Well done to you and Simon on your work! x
Helen: Thanku Jill Simon is amazing and these are only a few I have 75 being prepared for me!!! but wont get those for a few weeks these are just a taster!!!
Kate: You look amazing! Can’t wait to see the others:-)
Helen: Thanks Kate, we are all hoping to do a calender for CP (calender girl style) and the photographer that did these has offered his service free as its a charity he is a smashing chap and extremely talented!!!!
Nicole: Our Helen: is a stunning woman, she doubts herself though…….. I feel that she is not told it often enough!
Helen: I would think someone was taking piss if they did say it!!!
Nicole: Its doesn’t make it right though hun.x
Morgan: U look gorgeous!!! xxxx
Helen: Thankyou…tis Simon: and his magic camera!!!xxx
Joanne: Beautiful photos Helen I should tell the old bugger, if he has nothing nice to say then keep it shut!! & remind him how lucky his Gamble of punching well above his weight paid off ;-)) xx
Helen: Ha ha ha ha!! thanku Jo…..keep telling you its the photographer’s doing!! I loved it I would highly recomend it!!!
Jean: You look amazing! xx
Helen: Thanku xxx
Tanya: Nothin to do with camera. That is u . Purely naturally u . One sat on chair is awesome .
Helen: nah tis the way he takes um and the lighting……he is ace!!!
Harriet: My word… You look great!
Helen: Thanku xx
Eileen: Helen, it WASN’T only because of a good camera and lighting that these are so good. Without a beautiful subject those pictures would not look good!
Helen: Thanku Eileen: xxxx
Zophia: OMG amazing, I almost fancy you myself!!!
Helen: Ha ha ha!! Might be easy batting for the other side! Xxx
Kirsty: God Helen, you look amazing!!! X
Helen: Thanks Kirst xx
Ruth: You look gorgeous Helen.
Caroline: Blooming marvellous! Can’t see one lump or bump what you on about these photos are stunning Helen!
Carole: Helen, these and you are stunning….but then you always have been xxx
Helen: Thanku so much for lovely comments xxxxxxxxx
Jim: Looking good Helen -love the hair ! Love Dessie x x x x x.
Fiona: They’re fantastic Helen – you look amazing. x
Helen: Thanks Fi, Simon: is amazing he has made me look like that!! I can highly recommend him!! Av u got a wedding photographer sorted? Xx
Toni: Wow, they are amazing! Sooo good. You look fantastic xx
Fiona: Yes Helen – Steve’s friend is doing our photos.
And Simon may be a fab photographer but he’s got to have a good base (you) to start with, so stop making out it’s all down to him – it’s down to you too you know? x
Barnaby: I can’t really do more than echo the comments made by everyone else. Bloomin’ stunning and, regardless of how good a photographer Simon is, you can’t be good-looking in photos if you aren’t in real life!! So pleased you’re chuffed with them too. Xx
Helen: Thanku Barn! Cant wait to get the rest, have to say Simons make up artist Lucy did u fab job too xxxx
Clara: They look looooooooooooooovely,what a stunner!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nicole: bloody hell, wish my stomach was that flat!
Helen: Stand leaning against a wall and “voila!” xxxx
Barnaby: Now I have to choose between two amazing photos of an attractive lady in her underwear. My life is so tough sometimes. Ahem. Genuinely don’t know which to pick! Bugger. Xx
Fiona: stunning Helen. x
Donna: Love this one x
Helen: Thanks Don….tis good ole bodyflex that helped too!!! Xxx
Donna: U did all the work Hun , u look fab ! X