A couple of months ago, we put out a Model Call through our private Facebook Group, Boudoir by Decoro.  All we asked is that each person tell us why she wanted to be a model, and that she send us a photo of herself.  We got a ton of entries, and most of them were very honest and vulnerable.  We were left with a dilemma – how to choose!  We were so moved by so many of the stories, and we wanted to honour all of our entrants.  But alas, we had to pick someone – and it was so difficult that we eventually chose two beautiful women.
I wanted to share some background on this lovely person because I was particularly affected by her email.  This is what it said:

“So I saw your post on FB and I am stepping so far out of my comfort zone by sending this email. I would like to be a model for your shoot!

So now I’m supposed to tell you why you should choose me.  I’m not sure I can think of a reason why, but I can tell you about myself!

I am a 41-year-old wife and mom of three girls.  I am an active member in my community and love to be involved. I am not the traditional-looking model. I have grey hair, extra pounds and am not photogenic.  Simply typing that makes me cry. The past two years have been very difficult. In September of 2015 we lost two very special people. Since then I have lost myself. I am no longer a confident person that holds everyone else together. I am now the weak link as I struggle to find my way back. I am tired of being sad. I am tired of feeling not worthy. I want to be that strong beautiful woman that my daughters deserve to have in their life. I want to be the wife that my husband fell in love it. I want to look at myself and see all the wonderful things I have to offer this world.  There was a time when I felt I could do anything and that is where I want to get back to. Taking part in something like this could help me on my path.

I know whoever you choose will be amazing and you will create stunning photos.”

 Her words impacted me.  Life is not always straightforward or predictable.  Things happen that shake us to the core, and leave us desperate for normalcy and self-recognition.  I knew right away that I wanted this woman to be one of our models.
After the shoot, I had Corette answer some questions about her experience with us.  I asked her to be as honest as she could because I wanted the interview to be authentic.  I thought about reformatting this, but I decided to put it in exactly as I received it.

1. What inspired you (or forced you) to answer the Model Call?

The reason I decided to do this was to step outside my comfort zone. I need to work on building myself as a stronger person from the inside out. I looked at this as a good start.

2. How would you describe your level of self-confidence?  (i.e. are there areas in which you are more or less confident?)

I often come across as a confident person, but those that know me well know that I am anything but confident. I put up a good front, but often find myself comparing my abilities or inabilities to someone else.

3. Once you had won the opportunity to come in for the shoot, how did you feel? 

I was terrified!!!!  I cried a little. Thought about backing out. The thought of you guys and your clients seeing all my imperfections was overwhelming.

4. What was the hardest part about doing the shoot?

The hardest part was leaving the washroom each and every time in something different. What would you think? Do I look awful? What if the pictures are not usable.

5. What was the easiest thing about the shoot?

I don’t think there was an easy part for me. Even when it was over and I left, I sat in the car and cried. I couldn’t believe what I had just done!

6. What was it like to see your photos? 

I brought my husband with me to see the photos and that made it easier. I was afraid they would be awful and I know he would have made me feel wonderful regardless. Once I saw them, I loved them.

7. Do you feel that the shoot has impacted the way you see yourself?

I’m not sure how it impacted me, but I know when I look at the photos, I feel beautiful.

8. What would you say to other women who are interested in doing a shoot?

My advice is ….. do it!!!!  You won’t regret it!

Thank you so much, Corette, for your vulnerability and courage.  We feel blessed to have been a part of your “journey back”.  Without further adieu, here are some photos from Corette’s session!


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