hampton roads boudoir photographer

Meet Hampton Roads Photographer

Sarah McDaniel

I graduated from Old Dominion University in 2017 with two undergrad degrees! One was in Clinical Psychology, focusing on Childhood Trauma and Sexual Assaults'. And the other was in Fine Arts, focusing on Metalsmithing and Sculpture. Both of these degrees have taught me a ton in life, but I have mostly been molded by my own childhood trauma and adult trauma.

When I was between the ages of 8-12 years old I was molested by my brother. This trauma formed me into someone that did not understand love, self-love, or even the idea of what love was. So, for years I searched for it. I found Jack Daniels, Rapists, Abusers, Cigarettes, Eating Disorders, Suicidal Attempts, and countless other wrong turns.


Now you are probably asking yourself, Sarah what does this have to do with Boudoir? Well..it has a ton to do with Boudoir.

For me, while I was in undergrad I focused primarily on the Psychology side of my research. I wanted to understand people because maybe one day I would understand myself. So, I teamed up with my amazing professors and developed a trial in relation to Body Dysmorphia and Eating Disorders.

During the trial we found 6 humans to participate in an ongoing trial of therapy, and reassurance. We had each human come in and have their own Boudoir experience. We pampered them, posed them, gave them all the hype and reassurance, and then showed them the photos on the back of the camera. This is why I do what I do. Because when that human looked at the camera, for two seconds... their disorder did not define them. They saw how beautiful they ARE. After the session, the human would go into therapy and then come back 6-8 months later. Each human saw power. They saw strength. And they saw their true form. This is why our slogan is “bring light to the beauty in everyone” because everyone deserves this.

They deserve to feel beautiful regardless of what has happened to them.

So, this is me.  You got this, and I cannot wait to have you in the studio to document how absolutely strong you are. Inside, and out.

Love always,
Sarah McDaniel

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