This was probably THE MOST CHALLENGING photo shoot of my life…

Even harder than when I was a kid and the photographer was yelling at my parents that I wouldn’t stop squinting my eyes when I smiled.

Do you know how hard it is to smile big and not squint your eyes as a kid?!

Well…it was pretty hard for me.

As a part of the action items to prepare for my tattoo campaign, I needed to schedule a photo shoot.

I knew that I would need someone who could handle a bit of skin and still keep my images on the professional side of sexy (if there is such a thing – you’re welcome to offer your thoughts in the comments section below).

Jennifer Pruna Joyce of JPJ Photography came to mind. I pitched her my idea and she agreed to work with me. I was beyond thrilled. She’s got an amazing style that embraces all the ravishing qualities of her subjects while still being super professional.

Though this shoot was mainly for my tattoo campaign, we also took time to capture a few new headshots and blogger photos. There were also a few just for fun pictures…because, how often are you half-naked in the woods?!

This was my first professional shoot in over 2 years.

It was definitely time for new headshots.

But, man-oh-man, did I struggle when I saw these…

If you’ve been following my blog or social media within the last year and a half, you know that Intermittent Fasting as been a journey that has changed my body in many, many ways. Weight loss for sure, which means there have been changes to my shape. Some of these changes have been subtle over time; others quick and drastic.

Over the summer, my face changed. The plumpness melted away, and different lines and curves appeared. My grandmother looked back at me from the mirror as my cheekbones became more defined.

My photographer suggested I wear my pearl collar with my boat neck top. Not something I would have opted on my own, but that’s what you get when you have a super-fabulous fashion blogger as a photographer.

These photos…they’re me, but there a me that I’ve not ever seen before. So, I am still getting used to them.

The photo trio below were taken at the end of the session.

I popped out my contacts and traded them for my everyday glasses.

Off came the pearl collar and boat neck top, and I slipped into my new-to-me, deep eggplant thrift store sweater top (a score I was particularly excited about).

I was feeling more like me with the snap of each bracelet clasp.

And then my photographer said that we could include the sweet little maple with the red leaves as a background.

In my element…I relaxed, and she didn’t even take many shots. This was easy.

I am fortunate to know many photographers, and of them, several who offer boudoir. I considered them – at least the local ones – while thinking about who I was going to include in this project.

I mean, think about it, you can’t expect a photographer whose niche is business photography and headshots to be comfortable with bare back and side boob.

Jenny’s style is sexy and edgy – and though I haven’t seen any actual boudoir shots in her portfolio – in my gut, I knew that she would be open to considering my idea.

She captured and edited some shots that aren’t necessary the right views for the tattoo project, but…if you’re already half-naked in the woods…then why not, right?

I can’t say enough how much I love these shots.

They appeal to the part of my soul who is all gypsy, the part of me who didn’t really find it hard to topless in the woods.

If it just wasn’t for all those neighbors…

I would LOVE to hear what you think of these pictures – and maybe, which one is your favorite.

Leave your comments below, if you feel so inclined to share.

I am working to get the tattoo project blog post up within the next week or so. Stay tuned.

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