1. What made you choose Karla Mason Boudoir?
I was invited to follow her fb page. I had a friend that shared her experience after I joined and girl, I knew she was pretty but DAMN. (Amanda marsh) The beauty and positivity that I had already seen, and then my girl, made me want to feel like those women. Photo after photo she posted was absolutely gorgeous. But how could I ever be them?I Seeing women seeing themselves in the light that they didn’t knew existed was so powerful. I instantly felt their empowerment . I needed that in my life.
2. What were you nervous about going into your session?
Myself. I look at myself daily in the mirror. And would see posts of Karla’s work and would pose in the mirror. But somehow, I picked myself apart and didn’t feel that I would be sexy. I was overweight. Mind you I’ve been morbidly obese (267 pounds on a 5’1 frame) and I’ve also been 120 pounds starving for food. (Still hated myself and my extra skin) But somehow I had settled in life at a heavier weight. A weight I wasn’t proud of. Because A certain size isn’t accepted .I felt like I wouldn’t ever look the part. I couldnt be THAT girl. No matter how hard I tried. One day I decided that I was worthy. Even though I didnt physically see it. It was now or never. I had to face myself in the body I’m in. Not prepping with 6 months to a year of diet and exercise. I needed to see and love me for who I am. All of those stretch marks tell a story. All the tattoos do too. And the beauty of this photoshoot ended up being way more than a photo. I finally broke up with my negative brain. I am who I am! No matter my weight!!! I was worthy too. Learn to love the flaws, that’s where the real beauty is. And now. Bahahaha I wish a bitch would.
3. What was your favorite part of the experience?
Learning about myself. Karla has a way of feeling like home. From jump she hyped me up. She somehow made me see me in a different light. I had layers. Layers of self hate and judgement. Self inflicted. I’m a survivor by the grace of the higher power. I have seen the lowest of lows and she somehow made me focus on a different vibe. I wanted to learn to love me. And in turn, by loving me, truly, other women will see their beauty. Because beauty isn’t a size or a number on a scale. It’s a vibe. Fuxk the haters. Fuxk your stupid ass mind that tells you horrible things. None of it’s true. You are special. And you are the only you. Life is fun because of variety. I wanted to face myself. And I’m so glad I did. I have learned that the outsides are sprinkles and karlas a magician, but what’s the most important, is learning to give yourself grace and love. You ARE AMAZING! JUST THE WAY YOU ARE! But by the end of the shoot, I was naked sheet photos! Couldn’t …tell…. meeeee… shiiiittttt…. Bitch…. is…. a ……witch….. But the good kind.
4. How do you feel now that you’ve completed the session?
This experience changed my life. I confronted myself. I thought I needed to lose more weight. Maybe I shouldnt be this size because my body isn’t sexy the way it is. Maybe I need to diet. Or just hide from the world. If only I could lose 10 pounds, I would be sexier. If only I was this size I would be sexier. I can’t be her. As women, we beat ourselves up. And it’s so sad. Society has falsely told us what’s “sexy” you know what’s sexy?! You! You are sexy! Every flaw you think you have. Every roll (you will see quite a few in these pics) so what I’m built like a T-Rex. My arms too short, legs too short. But bitch, point the toe and pretend your longer. It sorta worked for photos. Also, I was sore AF after. bitch WERK.
5. Would you recommend Karla Mason Boudoir to others?
Lemme scream it LOUD! “HUNTY! You needs!”
Hey Girl! I'm Karla and I specialize in Boudoir Photography and Women's Intimate Portraits, servicing Stafford, Virginia.