“I have been thinking hard about what I would like to say about my Blush experience. Throughout my whole life I have struggled with body image and comparing myself to others. I would put myself down and get sad over not being a certain size or not looking like the girls in the magazines. It took me a long long time to see through all the BS i was putting myself through. Self love did not happen overnight for me.

“At the beginning of the year I had decided to say NO to the criticism & self doubt, and say YES to loving myself and my body. My goal was to work on myself and then as a gift to myself I made an appointment with Blush Boudoir.

“When I arrived it was amazing !! Champagne, hair & makeup and girl talk. Heidi and Ali helped me feel so beautiful and confident. And then it was time for the photo shoot. Putting yourself out there and dressing sexy in front of someone you barely know sounds super intimidating, but Tracy made me feel like we had always been friends which made me feel more relaxed and confident.

“I would have to say it was one of the best experiences of my life. It empowered me. When I saw the pictures I was in shock. That was me and I felt proud of the confident women I have learned to love and celebrate. When I talk about the experience with others I get choked up because it really was a special experience that was just for me. Giving some of the photos to my husband was just a perk.

“I think every women should have an experience like this. I want every women to see how beautiful they are inside and out. The way I did. Now I have a large canvas print of myself in my walk-in closet that I look at every morning when I get ready. When I see it I say ‘Ya girl! That’s you. You are confident and beautiful and never forget it!'” – Amanda

Photographer: Tracy Pote
MUA: Heidi Maleky
Hairstylist: Ali Romano