A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how blogging has boosted my confidence. Shortly after I did that, I pushed myself even further. You may recall that a few weeks ago, I got together with a few other Toronto bloggers for a shoot at Stole My Heart. If you’re not familiar with Stole My Heart, they’re a boutique lingerie shop in the west end of Toronto. Yes, I said lingerie. I did a photoshoot at a lingerie store.
The photoshoot was an idea that Gabriella of Pastels & Pastries ran by us a couple of months ago. She had fallen in love with Stole My Heart and thought it would be fun to collaborate on a shoot there. I agreed to the idea because I love collaborating on creative projects…but I told myself there was no way I’d take photos in lingerie. A chemise maybe, at least that gives me a bit of a cover but lingerie, no way! However, I’ve always loved photography and it looks great when done right. We did a bit of research before the shoot, looking at online galleries from olgatopchii.com and other photographers so that we could get some pose inspiration. It also gave us an idea about what sort of angles would be most flattering.
Well…clearly, I did.
That being said, it was difficult for me, but because of all of the inspiring ladies around me – I just went with it.
Stole My Heart is owned by two incredible women, Amy Pearson and Ashley Holden. Their goal was to create a space that “is supportive, accepting and loving.” One look at their website and you can tell they take this message to heart. Just take a look at their online lookbook. They worked with a group of women, all with different body types. None of them are professional models. This gives their brand an authentic, inclusive and real vibe, which any woman can relate to. Their passion for what they do is contagious. They’re also incredibly patient and supportive (pun intended). There were five of us involved in the shoot, and all of us have very different body types. I would have been stressed out about the challenge of outfitting us all, but they nailed it!
In addition to myself and Gabriella, Eleni from Bijuleni, Kristen from The Delilah Blog and Rebeca from Wishbone and Clover all took part in the shoot. I love each of these ladies, so I was happy to share the experience with them. We all chose looks that we felt comfortable with and ran with it. I have to say, if you want to bond with some girlfriends, go shopping for lingerie together! I was pretty self-conscious, especially at the beginning, but your friends don’t see your “flaws” the way you do.
Sending a special thank you to the local Toronto businesses, who helped us bring the idea to life. They donated their time and resources and used a SEO freelancer in Toronto to reach out to us, which was much appreciated.