Here’s the latest 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.
Laura, we’re honoured to have got that smile BACK on your lovely face!
“Back in 2018, I thought that 2019 and 2020 were going to be the best two years ever. I was going to plan and marry the love of my life and all my family and friends would be there to watch. How wrong I was!
In June 2019 my mum was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer. I can’t describe the way it made me feel when my mum told me the news. Why her? Why our family?
Trying to stay positive
Mum’s treatment started and I knew I needed to be strong and stay positive for her, but deep inside I was crumbling. I did not want to lose my mum. How would I cope without her?
December came and she had a major operation and the consultant was sure he had managed to remove all cancer. Amazing, she beat it!
March 2020 came and so did Covid-19. Mum’s additional chemo was stopped and the world turned scary.
Months passed and I grew more worried. It seemed mum had been forgotten and we were drawing closer to what should have been our wedding day in October 2020 – a day I had dreamed of since I was a little girl.
Hitting rock bottom
August 2020 came and we decided we needed to postpone the wedding to 2021. This really triggered my depression. I felt as though something was trying to break me. What else was going to be thrown our way?
Mum finally got a call for her “all clear” scan, so in she went. Her oesophagus was clear – hooray! The bad news was they had found cancer on both of her ovaries and a shadow on her pelvis. “Really?”, I thought. “Again! Why?! I can’t cope anymore!”
I honestly felt that I had hit rock bottom. I cried every day. I wondered “What’s the point?! What have I done to deserve this?” and, more so, “What has my mum done to deserve this hideous disease TWICE?”
Time to smile
A few days passed and I was scrolling through Facebook I saw a competition to win a boudoir shoot. To be honest with you, I don’t even remember applying. I didn’t give it a second thought until I received an email from Johanna saying I had won!! I was so excited, which is an emotion I hadn’t had in what felt like years!
I was booked in for the 9th October which was one day before our “should have been” wedding day. Jo said it would be great to incorporate some bridal shots in there. Finally, a smile on my face!
The shoot day
When the 9th October came I was so nervous. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of the way I look, and my fitness had gone out the window with everything else going on, but OH MY LORD! Jo and the team made me forget everything.
I felt amazing. I felt sexy. I felt HAPPY and most of all I LAUGHED! It was the happiest I had felt in over a year!
The big reveal day
When my reveal day arrived I went alone as I wanted to surprise my partner with the images when we finally get our wedding day. I could not believe the person in the images was me! I looked outstanding. I looked beautiful!
I am strong!
I want to thank Jo and the team for being the ones who helped put a smile back on my face. They have made me realise how strong I have been and how strong I am, and that whatever is thrown my way I will be strong and I will get through it all.
To anyone else wondering if they should or shouldn’t do a shoot, DO IT!!
DO SOMETHING FOR YOU! DO SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL AMAZING AND PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE!”
You’re amazing, thank YOU!
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