Mrs. C and stepping into self-love // Norfolk Boudoir Photography


Mrs. C wanted to finally see herself the way everyone else saw her... as a beautiful and strong woman. She decided to do a boudoir session to finally appreciate how beautiful and strong she is. Her story of stepping into self-love is truly powerful...



Why did you want to do a Session with Sarah McDaniel Studio?

"I needed to see myself, in a way that would give me my self-confidence back, help me see my real beauty inside and out--like my friends and family tell me I am. My body is amazing, just like me, and I'm so glad I can finally see it.


For a long time growing up, especially in high school and college, people who I thought were friends and guys who I thought might've actually cared about me, only cared about what who I was on the outside. I was made to feel less than worthy of love and friendship because I was more focused on my grades and my future rather than the latest clothes and makeup. I was mocked and made to feel awful, like I could only get a boyfriend and have everything I wanted IF I was a size 2.


Now, I know that's not true but the younger me couldn't understand that. Nobody ever really made me feel beautiful and cherished until I met the love of my life. He loves every part of me--all my curves and my heart and mind. After my son was born, I bared the greatest gift in the stretch marks and folds that showed the last 9 months of growing a miracle. And yet...I found myself feeling vulnerable again like I wasn't beautiful anymore when my body didn't bounce back, when my clothes never fit the same. But when I started doing more for me and feeling like myself again, I wanted to capture the moments of real beauty, so I could never forget how amazing I am and how far I've come in my life."


What was one of your biggest fears?

"I was worried that I wouldn't look beautiful. I wanted to look and feel as beautiful as one of the models in the pictures of a magazine. I was worried my stretch marks, few extra pounds, and overall insecurity of going outside my comfort zone would make me not look good on camera.


Boy, was I wrong.


Sarah and Chelsea made me look and feel gorgeous in every shot."




What was your favorite part of your Session?

" I LOVED the amazing support and boost from Sarah and Chelsea. They are an amazing duo that helped me see myself in a way I only dreamed"


What would you say to someone that is interested in booking a session with us?

"ABSOLUTELY DO IT. You won't be disappointed.


If you're scared you won't look good, you're too big, too small, not perfect, awkward, or whatever fears you may have...you can overcome them and the reward is life-changing when you see yourself. You are perfect no matter what...and that is what makes every one of us beautiful. And Sarah and Chelsea will help you capture those moments for a lifetime."



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