It’s been nearly a year ago when I first heard from her. She emailed me as a result of my article in the NWA Connection publication. It was innocent enough, a hit on an advertisement I’d done in conjunction with an informative article. We talked, tried to set a consultation date, and then life happened. She broke a foot and honestly, I never thought I’d hear from her again. But I did. Miss S. and I played email tag for literally 8 months. I’d email to check on her, she’d assure me she still wanted to have a Full Day of Sexy. Finally we connected but our schedules wouldn’t allow the in person consultation in the time frame she needed her album. Skype didn’t cooperate and we had to talk on the phone. I normally meet in person or at least video chat with my clients so we can get a feel if we are compatible. Alas, modern technology failed (or possibly user failed). Miss S. informed me she’d had some personal growth in the last year. I let her know this was a fitting next step for her progress. I could hear the apprehension in her voice. I could tell she was really pushing herself outside her comfort zone. The day of her session came. I met her for the first time. She was obviously very nervous. She hadn’t been able to build that trust in me I strive for in my in person consults. She was actually shaking with apprehension, fear and probably some adrenaline to boot. Ashley and I quickly tried to help her feel comfortable and safe. The transformation began. And as Ashley worked on her, as we shared our own fears and inconsistencies, Miss S. relaxed. When we gave her a mirror her face lit up! The reveal is seriously one of my favorite moments in the process. Here is her favorite image from the shoot: Several weeks later she came in for the Album Presentation. I could hear her perky steps in the hall long before she poked her head around the corner of my door. I barely knew her! This was a different lady than I had first seen that morning before her session. She had a wide smile on her face. He confidence radiated. She was nearly beaming! She informed me of the transformation her LIFE had taken in the weeks after her shoot. New clothes, new cosmetics, extra time spent pampering self… And best of all her hubby was thrilled with her new found boldness! She told me her creative juices had been abounding, she was happier, ideas were flowing and her life was so good! Days after she sent me her testimonial. I read it then put the whole thing together. I feel so humbled this woman trusted me to be part of her journey. A very personal journey. A very painful journey. She sent me two versions of her testimonial. She was concerned one might be too raw for the masses. Which one did I choose to publish? The transparent one. Here they are:
The Dreamer On Transparency~Rogers, Arkansas Boudoir Studio
1) My experience with Freedom Dreamer Boudoir Photography was beyond my expectations. Marsha is fun, professional, puts you at ease and helps you to feel comfortable. As a rape survivor it was a very liberating, empowering experience. It has given me the confidence that I feel as though I can take on the world. I would highly recommend the experience to any and all women out there. Thank you Marsha!
2) My experience with Freedom Dreamer Boudoir Photography was beyond my expectations. Marsha is fun, professional, puts you at ease and helps you to feel comfortable. As a fellow survivor it was a very liberating, empowering experience. It has given me the confidence that I feel as though I can take on the world. I would highly recommend the experience to any and all women out there. Thank you Marsha!
Through her transparency, her willingness to put herself out there and share a very personal & very private hurt, Miss S. will touch someone who needs it. After my experience serving her as her photographer I can tell you I have been changed. You see, the day she bounded into my office to get her album I was on the verge of quitting. I was not feeling or seeing my own worth. I was clear on my mission but the outside voices were telling me nobody was “getting” what I’m trying to do. After she left, I sat down in front of my screen, staring blankly as if smitten. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. This moment was a turning point for me. I realized (again) if I touch one person I’ve made a difference. It’s time to let go of self and serve the ones who are drawn to me for a purpose. And so I recommitted to my vision that day. And now Miss S. will know she made a difference in my life. And for that I am grateful
Talk Again Soon~Marsha