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Mhari {CT Boudoir Portraits}

Meet Mhari, the gorgeous mom to a 1.5 year old rescue mutt named Finnigan. She lives with her boyfriend, George, and his 12 year old black lab, Sophie. Mhari is a jeweler and has always wanted to be one since she was a little girl.

"All of my allowance money went to beads and supplies. My mom and grandmother have been the gracious recipients of many of my iffy early works. And they still have them to this day. Lol I’d like to think I’ve improved slightly since then."

"I love taking the dogs either hiking or to the beach. Finnigan is a giant dork that loves to run in big circles. Fortunately he’s madly in love with Sophie so he never strays too far. I also really enjoy visiting breweries with George. We like to load the dogs in the car, go for a hike and then stop at a new brewery on the way home while the dogs nap in the back seat. I’m also working on a jewelry line of my own, outside of my “day job” as a jeweler lol."

To relax, Mhari enjoys reading a book or playing a video game preferably with her toes tucked under the closest dog, the other is usually right next to her too.

Mhari is a Beer lover who's favorite meal is Chicken tikka Masala with garlic naan (and now I'm hungry).

She enjoys reading Sci-fi and fantasy, "all the magic and talking animals please!" but if she chooses Netflix over a book, you'll catch her watching Firefly, agents of shield or Plant Earth.

"It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go." Jim Rhon

"I have the usual 'I wish I had a flatter stomach, thinner thighs, bigger boobs, clearer skin, less frizzy hair.' [types of insecurities]. I’m constantly awkward and unsure in new situations. Also I come from a large family of overly educated people. Both my parents are Ph.D scientists. Two of my sisters have engineering degrees, one of which is working on her doctorate. But I’m the oldest and I’m a college drop out. So I’m very insecure about my lack of college degree and the fact that I’m the art kid of my family. [...continued below]

...I’m taking long hikes and trying to eat healthier. Learning to cook is really helping with that. I’ve just learned that a green squash is also called a zucchini! Lol. I’m working on focusing on my strengths and successes. Knowing that I’m chasing my dreams and that my work isn’t just “art kid playing around” that it’s hard and difficult work, and that I’m creating wearable art, not just shiny things."

If Mhari could send a message to her 13-year-old self, she would say this: "Hold tight to the confidence you feel. Rock that pixie cut and middle finger to anyone who says you look like a boy. Ignore those who tell you that you need to think about a “real job” and that being a jeweler isn’t realistic."

HMUA: Makeup by CG

Pink Pixie Boudoir {CT Boudoir, March 2017}

"The first two relationships in my life were extremely abusive, emotionally and physically, and really took a toll on my self image and self esteem. I also used to self-harm. As a result of these two things I spent a lot of time covered up and uncomfortable with my body. I started learning to love myself, and then I met my husband, who has only been supportive of anything I've set my mind on. I want to celebrate learning to love who I am and how I look, and give a gift to the man who encourages me to continue to do so." This beautiful woman came in to do a boudoir shoot not only with the intention to provide beautiful images as a gift to her husband, but also to celebrate a person victory with herself in learning to love herself better, and THAT my friends, is what makes me giddy.

Jen's passion is Art! When she came to me, she was working on going back to school for her art history degree. On the side, she enjoys reading (fantasy and non-fiction history), watching historical costume dramas and playing video games casually with her very hardcore gamer husband. Jen also knits and bakes.

I have to tell you I about died when she chose this gorgeous satin gown from my studio wardrobe.  I'd been WAITING for a client to select it for their boudoir shoot.  The way the satin catches the light when it falls over her curves is incredibly stunning, and even more so as it accents her beautifully fare skin.

Jen's favorite quote: "The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater". -J.R.R. Tolkien

Jen also brought along a sweater.  Not the every day oversized sweater, and not her own.  She brought a sweater that her husbands mother made for him, so there is so much more to these photographs that her husband can adore and cherish.

Jen wants all young girls to look at self image like this: "If it makes you feel good about yourself, wear it, do it, and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, because, quite frankly, it's none of their business."

While she had blue hair when she contacted me about her shoot (and I have to admit, I was really looking forward to photographing that vibrant color), Jen toned it down a bit to a sweet rose shade of pink before the shoot that I also fell in love with.  Paired with the deep red lip that Chelsea gave her, she was a pink bombshell!  With so much vibrant color, who needs to wear anything else?

Jen has always been inspired by mother before she died, and now her stepmother. Both women were/are very successful in their chosen careers, and very outspoken about their views, no matter what the issue.

I don't typically do this, but because she mentioned that she loves art, creativity and trying new things, I decided to set-up a quick teepee in the studio for some creative boho-shots paired with my acrylic prism to get some neat light reflection.  Never hurts to play around and try new things, especially when it yields something fantastic.

I'm looking forward to some more creative and edgy boudoir shoots - and I'm always up for some new requests!