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Why I'm bringing boudoir BACK to Winx.

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Why I'm bringing boudoir BACK to Winx.

I'm nothing if not real, and in an attempt to share my realness with you, I want to make sure I share my shortcomings.

Heres the thing about business, there is no one right way to do it for everyone. We learn as we grow, situations mould our ideas, and plans change. Boudoir has been my passion for a long time, and a few months back, I got this idea to move my boudoir work into its own entity, enter Alexandra Quinn Photo. My hope in doing this was that A. I wouldn't offend the fine folks who don't wanna see a booty pic when searching out their wedding or portrait photography and B. I would be MUCH more organized. 

WELP. I'm here to tell you, I am in no way, shape, or form any more organized than I ever was. I also could've alleviated the booty pic problems by, oh I don't know, making a seperate insta for my boudoir work? Something super creative, like @winxphotoboudoir probably would've done the trick. Also, upon creating a beautiful site and setting up all the social media platforms, I learned that I share a name with.....drumroll please.... a porn star. Yep. You read it here first. SO, for anyone just typing in something innocent like "Alexandra Quinn Boudoir" google would pull something that...well... is kindof boudoir? 
Whatever. I digress. 

Aside from all of that, one of the most visited posts on this site is my post about being a Knoxville Boudoir Photographer. It also polls pretty high SEO wise when googling, higher in fact than my dedicated boudoir website. 

With that being said, I'll be transitioning boudoir work BACK to Winx Photo in June. I guess theres nothing I love more than revamping my site (if you visit frequently, you'll probably notice that I quite literally change SOMETHING every single week) so I'm up for the challenge.

As for a studio space, thats still on the horizon, but in the midst of wedding season it just isn't as pressing. I am, however, officially a preferred photographer at The Hive in Knoxville, meaning I have access to that beautiful space without any additional fees for you. While I can use it for anything, it definitely suits boudoir well.  

To kick off this reintroduction, I thought I'd share some recent boudoir work with you from our last minis. Heres Kristen at the Honeybee Loft, lookin' fine. 

Hair: Hair by Christi Piontkowski | Makeup: Beauty by Blair


xoxo
Quinn
Knoxville's top boudoir photographer.
Just kidding about that part.
I'm alright though. 

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Knoxville Boudoir Photographer | Self Love

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Knoxville Boudoir Photographer | Self Love

***UPDATE***

This is the SINGLE most viewed post or page on our site. I am honored/thrilled/speechless at the 1000's of you who have taken the time to read this and my prayer is that it has really sunk in. If you're interested in having me, Quinn, help you celebrate your body by shooting a boudoir session for you, please drop me a line here and i'll be in touch! 

"I hate the way I look in photos, but I really want to do a session like this for my husband." 
Stop. Stop right there. I've heard a variance of that line probably 60+ times. I am not joking, I am not over exaggerating. 
Ladies, this post is about to get real. 

I need to hit a nerve with you, yes, you reading this, because I NEED this to sink in. 
You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are worth showing up for. 

When I was around 12, we had a group come and speak to my school about risky behaviors I think. I honestly don't remember what the initial topic was, but I remember that they split us up, boys with boys and girls with girls, and had a little breakout session. The man who talked to us ended our session with 3 of the most profound and powerful words I have ever had spoken to me, over me, about me: "You are valuable." 
I'm not entirely sure why that sunk in so much, because it wasn't like I had had a shitty life or didn't know I was valuable, but for some reason it did. I've carried that with me for years, thinking back on it when I've felt like I needed a jolt. Imagine if this guy knew what an impact he had had. Imagine if he understood that what he said to a room full of 12 year old girls so many years ago would help mold me into who I am and what I stand for. Imagine if this man could see that those very words inspire my business the most. 
I have to believe that if he knew that, he'd never stop saying them. Maybe he hasn't. Maybe he knows what a difference it can make to affirm someone's value. I do, and thats why I shoot boudoir. 

Your value is not in your pant size; it is not in the number on the scale. Your value doesn't fluctuate depending on if you've laid in the tanning bed this month or if your skin is particularly ashy today. Your value does not decrease when you're bloated, nor does it increase when you camouflage your flaws with makeup. Your value is not a variable. 

When you walk into my studio, into whatever space we're shooting in, you have to understand one thing: we are both human. We both have bodies we love to hate and we both have flaws we'd rather not showcase. This is where we have to change the narrative. 

No, I will not photoshop you into something you're not. No, I will not obsess over hiding your body behind things. No, I will not stop joking around with you because you hate your smile. No, I won't be that photographer who only shows up for the check.

Yes, I will embrace you exactly as you are. Yes, I will showcase your best assets, and help you believe that you are absolutely beautiful. Yes, I will tell insanely cheesy jokes and laugh with you at myself when I try to demonstrate a pose. Yes, I will be your #1 fan. 

In front of my camera, I need you to practice self love. I need you to believe that maybe just maybe, you're perfect the way you are. 


XOXO
Quinn

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Quinn Barlow is a natural light boudoir photographer based out of Knoxville, TN. She focuses heavily on body positivity and self love, believing there is no "wrong" size/shape/color/age for boudoir. For more information, contact her at winxphoto@gmail.com

 

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