Here’s another instalment in our new Boudoir Series, focusing on some of the INCREDIBLE journeys our clients have faced and are facing.
We aim to share, inspire and celebrate their strength and touch on how their boudoir photoshoot with Johanna Elizabeth had a positive impact on their journey.
So, here’s Sara and her inspirational journey. Sara, what an honour!
“My husband was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2014. An operation and weeks of chemo and radiotherapy followed. Cancer, any type of cancer, is devastating to the body but throat cancer is especially hard as you can’t eat, drink or swallow without pain. He became very angry depressed and the person in the firing line was me, hurtful words and talks of suicide and not wanting to be here took its toll on me.
I didn’t know if I was going to come home to find him here or not!! Everyone asks how the patient is but never asks how the carer is. My confidence and self-esteem were at an all-time low. Don’t get me wrong I know he was very ill and I felt for him and supported him in every way I could but I wasn’t ‘me’ anymore.
He had knocked me down, with his harsh words and made me question everything I did. I became convinced I was a bad person. I know it was the cancer talking but it still hurt. I couldn’t talk to anyone as I felt they would think I was selfish as I wasn’t going through what he was. I needed something to remind me that I was still an attractive, vibrant woman. I wanted to feel like me again.
My lucky day
So I entered a competition on FB. I never thought I’d win as I wasn’t that lucky!!! But I had the phone call and the wheels were set in motion. I was excited and extremely nervous at the same time. Thinking ‘what if I can’t do it’ ‘what if I look fat’ what if I look ugly’ all the usual fears and anxiety.
I can’t tell you how amazing the day was. (So amazing in fact that I did it twice). From the moment you walk in to through the door the whole team make you feel special. They put you at ease and allay any fears or nerves you have.
You get pampered and made to look amazing. Everything you do seems so natural no awkwardness at all. The results on reveal day blew me away and my husband loved the photos. I never imagined I could look so beautiful.
I got my confidence back
Every single photo bought back my confidence bit by bit. I started to feel like me again and cannot thank Jo and the team enough. I look back at the photos often and think about how good they made me feel then and still make me feel now.
I am happy to say that my husband has now been given the all-clear, five years cancer-free and we have celebrated 35 years of marriage. It was a very tough few years but that photoshoot reminded me that I am strong and beautiful and it’s something I will never forget.❤️
Thank you, Sara. What a journey you’ve had!
Read more from our incredible Boudoir Series
You can read other inspirational client stories here on the blog. Don’t miss these!
- Mikala’s path to freedom through photography
- Maggie’s boost after her dramatic breast cancer journey
To find out how a photoshoot experience can celebrate and honour where you are RIGHT now, click here.