My name is Colette Duggan, I am a Boudoir and Beauty Portrait Photographer in Adelaide, South Australia, who loves to help women see the beauty within themselves and let it shine!
I want to help show women that they are beautiful no matter what they look like, whether they match the image of ‘ideal beauty’ or not (because let’s not forget that some women do match or almost match that ideal and they are beautiful too), whether they wear makeup or not.
I’m not against self-improvement or the use of cosmetics for fun or to express yourself (or on stage under stage lights since it helps the audience see more than a featureless blob). However, it upsets me that women (in fact, people in general) feel that they have to do certain things, apply certain things, wear certain things in order to feel beautiful, to think that they are good enough, because they don’t automatically match that ‘ideal’.
I want to help people to see that they are beautiful, that they are good enough and give them a lasting memory of that for them to look at both on good days when they are at the top of their game and on the days where they think they look like a cat dragged through a bush backwards (I credit my mother for that saying) and feel that they aren’t good enough and shouldn’t even try to give them a pick-me-up to remind them that none of that is true.
I want women to walk into their bathrooms (or whatever room they frequent most in the morning) in the morning and see a stunning piece of wall art hanging above their mirror (or other often viewed spot) and say “wow, I am freaking beautiful”. I want them to see their beauty every time the press a button on their phone to unlock it, as their background image on their phone or computer, on their social media accounts and feel like doing a happy dance. I want them to walk into their bedroom at night and see more examples of their beauty, whether hanging above their bed, framed on their chest of drawers or bedside table or by looking through an album, that will cause them to fall asleep smiling and happy.
I don’t want to fill the world with beauty, it’s already full of beauty. I want to fill the world with people who are aware that they are beautiful and are able to see the beauty in themselves, others and the world around them. I want people to stop comparing themselves to others and nitpicking other women’s appearances and clothing choices and begin complimenting and supporting them instead.
Having had a great deal of personal experience with mental illness, having suffered from depression for 11 years between the age of 7 and 18, I also donate 30% of all sales after your session to a mental health care provider of your choice, so you can indulge in a boudoir or beauty portrait session, make a difference in the life of someone with a mental illness and feel great, all at the same time. Who said that women can’t do two things at once? Or three? Or more…?
If you would like to book me for a session in Adelaide or have me travel your way for a boudoir or beauty portrait session or marathon for you and up to 5 friends, then contact me here or directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name(s), the type of session you are interested in and the month you wish to do your session(s) and I will reply as soon as possible.
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