I've Been Where You Are

I've been where you are...literally exactly where you are sitting. It's comfy, right?!

Okay, maybe not literally...but let's talk figuratively for a second here. You're likely here for one of two reasons:

  • You want to have a session done, OR
  • You like looking at sexy people.

Both are valid reasons...both are places I've been. Can't say I blame you on either account!

I'm a boudoir photographer based in Byron, Georgia. I get my fair share of both of them.

I should have you know that I hate hypocrisy. I'm not a fan of people who tell you to do something that they won't do themselves. What kind of person would I be if I told you, "Hey, get half naked in front of my camera!" Yet, I myself, would never do such a thing?

I cannot, in good conscience, tell you that you should love yourself and that you are beautiful and strong and amazing, if I don't practice what I preach. (You are all of those things, by the way, just throwing that out there)

It is much easier to help others find the love for themselves that they so importantly need when you have faced the emptiness of a life without it yourself. Some days, you avoid reflective surfaces at all costs because you simply do not like what you see looking back at you. I know. It's hard. (giggity)

I'm not gonna sugar coat things and tell you it's easy. It's not. It's one of the hardest journeys you will face. It requires DAILY work. You cannot wake up one day and say, "I love myself now." You have to try every. Single. Day. And try hard.

Remind yourself of what you've overcome, remind yourself of your best qualities, remind yourself that there is someone out there whose life is better because you're in it. I mean, it's a statistical impossibility to not positively impact at least ONE person's life! 

Find your favorite qualities, both inside and out, and hold onto them. Don't let anyone ever take them away from you. Choose, every day, to be happy with what you do have. 

You're all glorious, wonderful beings (unless you're an asshole, let's be real) and I want you to be happy!

So on that note, take a look at where my journey has taken me. And know that when I photograph you half naked, dressed all sexy like you're about to walk the Victoria's Secret runway, I've been there. I know how you feel. And we're gonna overcome any negative thoughts together!

Photographs by Mark Knopp. If you're in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, check him out! www.sensualphotosbymarkk.com

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