Every year I'm going to try to have a "me" shoot. I guess as a blogger, every shoot is a "me" shoot, but this is something that I'd like to do, where I'm not trying to share how I styled an outfit, but solely open up a bit. About a year ago I submitted photos to Playboy... never heard back, so I refuse to say I got rejected... just ghosted... which is pretty common these days apparently. I don't know what's worse, rejection or being ignored. Either way, I'm not famous or have the public stamp of approval of being "hot." However, after seeing my photos last year, I didn't care if I got accepted to anything, I felt so sexy and good about myself, when during that time, I was feeling pretty low. Having my photos done, being on set, professional lighting, crazy lenses, and then seeing the outcome, is truly magical. You see yourself in a whole new "light." I recommend this for anyone.
I was inspired by Sara Jean Underwood and her Star Wars shoot for mine - no I didn't link it because I don't need a compare and hottrast. I always feel a little hesitant doing shoots like this because, yes, I do care to some degree if people think if I'm an attention seeker. Then I realize, maybe I am a bit, but why should I be ashamed of that? It feels good getting compliments, so why should I be ashamed of doing something that makes me feel good? I don't walk around every day with a skin tight R2D2 dress and red lips (maybe just a storm trooper top and red lip), it's fun to dress up and capture that moment. Also, not going to lie, it feels good feeling sexy, having others tell you you're sexy, and knowing exes may look at this. There's a reason the term "revenge bod" exists, well, this is my Revenge Bodycon Dress.
Doing a shoot yourself? Here's some tips I learned from my shoot:
• Get comfortable, play some music
• Talk to your photographer, and tell them the ultimate goal you want
• "Hopping" into frame elongates your body, and gives you a great "lift"
• Don't ask your photographer to see every shot after taking it, take a few, ask how they are and look at them, so you don't break your flow and the photographer doesn't break their flow.
• Have fun! Trust me it's awkward AF at first, but after the first few minutes, half sneezes between pictures, and stumbles, you'll feel fine and your sexy confident self will shine through!