Since I have basically made this last week about me and the process I am taking towards #selfacceptance and #selflove.... I might as well post one more photo of my #selfportrait series. I had so many people say how great the last photo was, but what really stuck out to me was the comment on how they wished they were as confident as I was. News flash: I am working on this and the photos actually help this happen. I don't feel totally confident but I sure am making an effort!! People don't realize these photo shoots are therapeutic. They help so much in actually seeing your self and being happy with what you see. I never thought I would post photos of me like this and over the past few months I have and it has really helped me be happy with me. After you love yourself you will treat yourself better and thus feel better. It's a self love cycle that I am happy to be in! Join me!! What is holding you back from feeling better?
SELF LOVE, SELF ACCEPTANCE! For a boudoir photographer that means get in there and do what you ask your clients to do!! For me it is a hard thing to do... but I really am trying to work on this, and if you have read my recent posts, I am really surrounding myself with women that are very body positive and I am starting to feel a lot better about me and my body. I always was pretty ok with my face, head shots, etc, but showing off MY BODY...well that is another story since I have had kids. So, here it is, one of the photos I am good with sharing. I guess the perk to being a bit heavier is the large breasticles...is that a word, probably not but I like it anyways!! When I shoot my clients, I am always joking and yelling that is BOOB-TASTIC.. and I guess that is what this shot is too! :) . . #heatherwalker #columbusboudoir #columbusboudoirphotographer #bridalboudoir #boudoir #clevelandboudoir #cincinattiboudoir #daytonboudoir #bodyacceptance #loveyourself #effyourbeautystandards #sizesexy #selfacceptance #loveyourbody #bodypositivity #selfconfidence #selflove #bodylovetribe #beyourself #doitforyourself #beautybeyondsize
Pre self-portraits! Here is to celebrating me! Everyone needs to do this... Once in a while!! #columbusboudoir #ohioboudoir #blackandwhite #614 #513 #loveyouyself #loveyourbody #boudoirworkshops #bodyacceptance #loveyourself #effyourbeautystandards #sizesexy
#followfriday is herel I am sharing someone that inspires me in my business and my life. She is the most amazing woman I have met in a long while. She is also a boudie babe and she is such a body positive and empowering person! I met Teri in Florida this past September and she was speaking on body positivity and loving your body no matter what at the #floridacurves workshop. Everything she spoke of resonated with me as I have struggled my whole life with accepting myself. It felt so good to hear her say the Tough Love Teri stuff to me.. And it has helped me with my clients more. It really is amazing how hard we humans are to ourselves and our bodies. When we should love our bodies more than anything as it's all we got in this world to take us from day to day. It is our way of taking care of others too. Anyways this topic is so big I coukd ramble forever. But what I would recommend is following Teri as she is a bad ass babe with a very important mission to help as many as she can in her life. I have been affected by her and thus.. It goes on as we all spread body positive vibes all over the place!! Xoxox to @terihofford she is someone that is making a difference!!!!
#throwbackthursday in full force here as I am doing the #babetowninstagramchallenge and they want us to reflect on our older work. These are all from my first studio that I was full time boudoir! I have been in a few spaces but I do have very fond memories from the first studio. I met alot of great people. That space was big enough for open house events and those were so fun. Any past clients here... Chime in on my old studio.. In Powell. Tell us about your shoot experience!!!💋💋
When I was 20... I was so fucked up then. Such an eating disorder... So sad. I mean... We sure do torture ourselves... I went to be judged that day. By a model scout... He said I need to lose 20 lbs at least. It crushed me.. And from then on I went even more psycho, punishing myself physically and mentally. Always wanting to be a model.. Never getting to do it. And now learning how sad that was. I hope that through all my life experiences I can really help other women see they need to love themselves and appreciate themselves. I am still struggling but learning. Life it soo short. #heatherwalker #dietculturesucks #nodiets #loveyourbody #loveyouyself #empoweringwomen #empower #sizesexy #effyourbeautystandards #healthaboveall #behealthy #
As part of the week challenge with #babetowncollective I am sharing my SAFE space.. My comfort space.. The place I am in good times and bad. Snuggling with the dogs and watching Netflix... Or catching up on my daily instagram fix. Napping when I can and snuggling under the blankets when I am so cold. So yeah.. It is not as glam as u might have imagined I would have...hahahaa...just kidding, I am sure nobody had given it any thought. But it's my space.. And I love it. What is your safe space??? 💕💋 . . #babetowninstagramchallenge #heatherwalker #columbusboudoir
SELF LOVE. It seems to be a go to word or phrase now. But ya know why... Because it is so freaking important. It is what I plan on repeating to myself all year and really focusing on with myself and with my clients. We all need to be our biggest cheerleaders. If we can't love ourselves how can others... And all these sayings I have heard over and over, but ya know what... they are so true. I am taking this year to work on mentally being happier and loving me no matter what. If I don't change physically this year, still love me. But to really love me this year I need to feed me well and make my body feel better. I need to be understanding and treat myself with kindness and love. I forget which therapist or friend told me this.. But it did stay with me and I need to remember it. Would I tell my sweet daughter the things I am thinking of myself. Would I want her to do that to herself!?? Then why would I want to do that to me?? And a step further since I am a food addict. Would I want my daughter to eat this and eat that and never ever move her body!? Then why would I do that to me?? Treat myself and my body with the love I would want to give my daughter and have her give to herself. Because I love that girl like no other.... And I should love myself that much too. 💗💗💗 What will you focus on this year? What's your word? 📷: Selfie
And while I am posting all about ME...lets do one more! Another shot from my favorite place... The ocean!! Take by @lindsayraephotography this is an unedited photo as I wanted to keep these real and just appreciate me as I am!! My goal for 2018 is to do a few beach shots where I show off a little more of me!! Body acceptance really feels good! 💕 #babetowninstagramchallenge #babetowncollective #doitforyourself
Since in the last photo introduction all I seemed to do is ramble about my dogs... Haha... I wanted to post another one that speaks to the women about WHY it is so important to do a boudoir shoot. I had attended a workshop this summer and at that workshop the two amazing instructors took photos of all the attendees. They wanted us to experience the posing and direction they were speaking about but from the client perspective. I did it.. And stressed and paniced and probably fought them all the way through. But OMG I am so glad I did it. Even with me struggling for self acceptance I see these photos and LOVE them. I want to keep looking because it makes me feel good. And this photo is me... Unedited... Just sitting on the beach... A place I love! I take photos of women that are so nervous and insecure and think they won't like or love any photos of them. While I know that what I will show them will be amazing, they have to give some trust to me and let go a little (or a lot) so they can be shown. It is a gift for you to see yourself in a gorgeous way. Just as with my experience, I have to say trusting these women to capture something in me that I just couldn't see, has been so good for me. I love what I do so much because I get to make women feel so good and empowered and leave my studio smiling and knowing how amazing they are. All women need to see this side of themselves... Message me to discuss a session for yourself. You will not regret it! ❤️💋 Unedited photo : @lindsayraephotography