How boudoir photography helped me define myself
Six years ago I had a boudoir photography shoot with Matt Christie and it helped to change my life.
At the time, I booked the shoot to boost my self esteem and to make a present for my husband, it did both but when I started writing erotica and using the name Ruby Kiddell those photos became integral to me and helped shape my identity. For a very long time I used a crop of the photo below as my Twitter avi – the legs became Ruby and folk would complain if I changed the picture for anything else.
Even now the headshot I use is a crop of one of Matt’s photos
I love the photos that Matt took for so many reasons – they were taken just before I fell pregnant so they mark a moment in time, a closing of one part of my life before I became a mama.
They showed me in a way that I had only ever seen myself in my head – I wanted to look glamorous and sexy but never quite saw myself as that and so to have the photographic evidence helped me to realise a part of myself I’d been struggling to express. When I started to write erotica as Ruby Kiddell I knew exactly who Ruby was, she was the woman in the photographs that Matt had captured and helped to create.
I can’t promise that boudoir photography will change your life but it is a wonderful opportunity to explore a different part of your personality – to be playful, dominant, seductive or demure – and Matt really is a wonderful person and photographer to do this with. While my photoshoot was six years ago I know Matt’s welcoming and warm nature is the same as ever.
I’m very lucky to have continued to have Matt in my life as a friend and I’ll always treasure his photos of me.
Find out more about Matt Christie and his boudoir photography here http://www.mattchristieboudoir.com/