Thanks so much to everyone for participating in our 2013 Valentine’s Day Boudoir Photography Contest Giveaway, we greatly appreciate all those who entered and submitted such touching stories. As always, it was really difficult to narrow it down to the finalists! Now we need your help to select the winner, so please vote for one of these finalists.
The finalists for this year are:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with just the name only of the person you are voting for in the subject line. Feel free to include comments with your vote, comments may be posted to our blog. Also leave a comment in the box below, thanks!
Voting ends on Thursday, February 14th at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced later on Valentine’s Day on our Facebook page.
My name is Amanda, and I would love a free boudoir photo shoot!
I have been looking to do a boudoir photo session for quite some time now, but with a new baby, I just can’t justify spending the money on doing the photo shoot when my daughter requires so many things.
I know my boyfriend would just love something like this as it would be totally unexpected! With a baby around, we don’t have a lot of time or energy to be ourselves anymore, let alone be as playful and intimate. I feel like having an album, some pictures, an experience like this is another way for us to kind of reconnect on a deeper level that we are now lacking.
I have never had any professional photos taken of myself, of any kind, so it would be nice to be able to treat myself to a little pampering and attention for a few hours. Along on this same note, I hardly have any pictures of myself at all, so attached is a photo of my best friend and I, I am on the right.
You asked for us to tell you why we deserve to win this contest. In reality, I don’t necessarily think I “deserve” to win it so much as I think my fiance does. This would be a gift for him.
My fiance, Andrew, has been in the PA Army National Guard since 2005, when he was about 22 years old. That year, he was deployed to Iraq for over a year. Within a few months of him being there, he had already lost a number of his friends to IEDs, and he spent Christmas doing patrols in the desert. Around 2007/2008, he deployed again, this time for about 9-10 months in Egypt. Luckily, this was a much safer deployment, as his time was spent doing patrols of different camps there.
In November of 2011, I met him at a wedding of some mutual friends. He is absolutely one of the funniest, most honest, and down-to-earth people that I have ever met. I knew going into our relationship that he would be deployed again, but it was something I was willing to risk in order to be with him. In November 2012, he asked me to marry him, and by December 1st he was on a plane to Kuwait. It’s only been two months, and it has been difficult, but I know he’s the one for me, so it makes it worth it.
So, I want to have this session for him, because he’s given so much of his life for our freedom and I want to give something-anything-back to him, and make him feel like I’m there with him. I also want to do this for me: I have lost about 90 pounds over the past four years. I still have more to lose, but to see myself all done up in beautiful photographs like this would be AMAZING!
I’ve attached some photos! Thank you for your consideration,
Hi! My name is Julia and I would be honored to be considered for the 2013 Valentine’s Boudoir Contest.
I am a full time Mommy who thrives on Starbucks, chocolate, and slobbery kisses. Most days you will find me running around in sweat pants and a ponytail, trying to keep up with my very active three year old son! My husband is a medical resident, so his hours are long and often unpredictable. When he accepted this position, we moved ten hours away from family and friends to a town where we do not know anyone. It has been very isolating to be in a new town alone with a little one while my husband is gone 80 hours each week. It also leaves a large weight of responsibility on my shoulders which I am (mostly) happy to do, but it can feel exhausting.
At 29 years old, I have already experienced the loss of my father when I was 18 and struggled through postpartum depression. Both events have left parts of me feeling empty. My husband and I got married in 2007, and our sweet son was born in 2009. I had a rare condition during my pregnancy that required me to be on bed rest for the last three months and made me gain a large amount of weight. I was considered a high risk pregnancy and the doctors were uncertain as to whether or not our son would be healthy when he was born. After 12 hours of labor and no progression, my son was born via emergency c-section. I was so overly medicated that I do not even remember meeting him, which is something that still haunts me. Thankfully, our baby boy was very healthy, but my recovery process was complicated both physically and emotionally. I continued to have pain in my c-section incision for 6 months, and struggled through postpartum depression until my son was two years old. Though I have lost most of the weight I gained during my pregnancy, my stomach will never look the same as it did before, and body image is something I have struggled with for three years now. Going through such difficult experiences have left me struggling to maintain a healthy self image. My body certainly does not look like it used to and at times I’m afraid my internal emotional scars show on the outside.
My husband and I will both be turning 30 this fall, and as much as I would like to tell you that I think a boudoir session would make a great 30th birthday present for my husband, (because I do think he would be thrilled!), the truth is, that I feel like this is something I need to do for myself. Though I am extremely self conscious about my body since the birth of my son (and I have not worn lingerie since my honeymoon in 2007!), boudoir photography is something I have been thinking about for a long time. There are many photographers that offer boudoir sessions, but the tasteful and gorgeous pictures from Tait photography as well as the extremely positive testimonies have made me fall in love with Tait. There is no other photographer I would rather go to to have this empowering experience. Winning this contest might just give me the push I need to actually make this experience a reality.
I would love to capture myself in this last year of my twenties to remind me that beneath the struggles and the daily grind of responsibility, there is still a beautiful woman in there. Perhaps if I could see myself for a moment through someone else’s eyes, I could get a glimpse of the glow I still have, even if it’s usually hidden under Goldfish cracker crumbs from my son. In this last year of my twenties I would love to remind myself, if just for a moment, that I am still beautiful. I can think of no better way to end this decade, and as I enter into my thirties this fall I would love to have this empowering experience to know that the best is yet to come. Thank you so much for considering me!