In continuance of our guest blog series we have another past client sharing her story. The day I met Ashleigh at her consultation she barely looked me in the face. She shared with me some of her past challenges and hurts, as most of my clients do. I knew she had a long way to go, but she had a vision to get there. She had made up her mind.
Two years later she’s my friend, my tribe member and one of my biggest fans. I’m so honored every time she brags on me (and maybe a little embarrassed) and also so blessed to have watched her rise, grow and blossom. Please read her story and comment with your support.
Isn’t it funny how we can push ourselves to live in a state of complacency? I used to walk around dead inside. I could barely look people in the eyes, especially if I didn’t know them well. I stayed within myself, not giving myself the option to really live. There are a million reasons why that have their roots in my childhood and adolescent experience culminating in a terrible experience when I was barely an adult. I lived in these excuses to hide myself from everyone.
I was on LinkedIn and came across a post about Marsha and her mission. I’m still not sure what compelled me to reach out to her. When I went in for my consultation, I know I wasn’t the most forthcoming answering her questions despite that she instantly put me at ease. I left my initial consultation with her feeling great and hopeful that this would be a meaningful step for me to be able to move forward.
At the time, I couldn’t afford to pay her immediately in full, but she was amazing at letting me make a payment plan to be able to afford this experience with her. This was amazing, but for a different reason than the obvious. While I worked towards paying this experience off, I made a deal with myself that I would pay for it – not my husband. As I worked towards my goal and worked with Marsha on my shoot, I started to open up little by little. It took me about a year to fully pay off my session. By the time of my session, I had overcome so much of my inhibitions and self-doubt. Was I perfect in my thinking and view of myself? Heck no, but I was stronger, more confident, and more resilient.
I couldn’t wait for the reveal and to see the images. When I got to the reveal, I was blown away by some of the images. There were some that the pose I had pushed for (Marsha had warned me probably wouldn’t work for me), didn’t look the way I had expected, but there were so many amazing photos that it was so hard to choose. For the first time in a long time, I actually loved a photo of myself. I felt beautiful and worthy. I didn’t just feel like this timid, shy wallflower trying to blend in, I saw myself for who I am and who I can be.
Now, almost two years later, I’m still doing better, and I still love the me that I have grown into. So much so, that I am thinking about another shoot next year to celebrate myself after having my baby. I have gone on to have Marsha take my head shots and do my maternity shoot as well. I love her work and every experience with her is absolutely unique, inspiring, and amazingly fun. I am so glad that I happened to stumble on that post on LinkedIn and somehow had the courage to reach out to her. It has transformed me, my life, and how I see myself in so many positive ways.
~Ashleigh, Freedom Boudoir Client
Please enjoy these gorgeous images of Ashleigh!