Body Positive Boudoir Portraits by Valuable Gem Photography

Amber Braxton from Valuable Gem Photography used Studio B and Studio A of our Denver location for this body positive boudoir session. Rent the photo studio yourself or learn more about becoming a member.

From Amber:

The Studio is such a great space to work in. It offers such great natural light and with two different studios that are offered for boudoir it offers a lot of versatility in my images. I feel like I can be as creative as I want here and it feels like its encouraged! I am really excited for Summer time when I can make use of the rooftop. I'm also really looking forward to our members happy hour! I am happy that I get to be a part of a community like this.

Ashley came to me and asked to do a body positive boudoir session. To which i said, HECK YES! I am ALL about making women feel empowered and beautiful in THE BODY THEY ARE IN!

Ashley chose to share a bit of her story and why she chose this type of session as well.

I was born with an extremely rare tumor on my lower left leg. This tumor was so interconnected and intertwined with my leg, there was no telling where it ended and my leg began. Doctors said there was no saving my leg, and my best chance at a normal life was amputation. My parents faced an impossible decision, but they decided to save as much of my leg as possible and sought a 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th opinion. 20+ surgeries and 30 years later, here I am. Plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, countless years of physical therapy. My body is covered in scars, small sacrifices to save my leg. Some people when they see my body, when they see my leg, they see something “ugly”. Something that weakens me. They say hurtful things and have reactions that still to this day surprise me. For me, i see more than that. I see a body that didn’t give up, a body thought has endured physical and emotional pain that sometimes I can’t believe it did. I know I’m not your “conventional” beautiful, but I hope someone, somewhere can see these pictures and see beauty in my strength, my perseverance, and my refusal so give up. I hope maybe these pictures can change someone’s mind on what “beautiful” is. For anyone who is feeling “less than” or imperfect, I hope they see you ARE beautiful, exactly as you are.

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See Amber’s work on her website, on Instagram, and on Facebook.