It has been nearly five years ago since I made a decision that forever changed my life. I underwent gastric bypass surgery on August 13, 2012. I weighed 348 pounds, was miserable, depressed, and unhealthy. I dropped 189 pounds in less than 18 months and still have 40 pounds of excess skin sagging on my body. Though my dress size changed dramatically, I still saw the same big, "ugly" girl I saw in the mirror every day, my entire life. Fast forward to July, 2016. A friend of mine had done a boudoir shoot with Big Sky Boudoir, and showed me her pictures. I was awestruck! She told me that it was the best thing she ever did for herself and for her husband. So, I investigated. In October, I met Brady Doyle and decided to just go for it! The day of my session arrived soon afterward, and I was nervous. There I was, getting hair and makeup done by Whitney Smith, preparing myself mentally to do something I had never before done or considered doing! The results were astonishing, and gave me far more than just a book of pictures! Brady took the first photo and showed it to me. There, on the screen of his camera, was this beautiful, stunning, and even sexy lady looking back at me! The rest of the session passed by in a blur of much the same serendipitous emotion raging within me. The complete professional manner in which Brady went about the session, from start to finish, was calming. He used no filters, and did not touch up my pictures with any program. Whitney took the canvas of my skin and brought out the beauty through a little make-up and hair curling. The pictures were elegant and very tastefully done, bringing my inner goddess to the surface with a little posing and Brady's natural talent for snapping a picture at just the right moment. It took the talents of Brady and Whitney, the raw reality of a camera lens, and my "just do it" decision to change the way I see myself now! That to spite having saggy, baggy skin, I am beautiful, inside and out, in my own right. I would recommend to anyone who has thought about, or who has doubts about, doing this kind of photo shoot to go for it. Do it for yourself first because the power you gain from it is phenomenal, and the results are worth far more than what you will pay for in money. Money gets you the product, but it does not surpass the experience, the empowerment, and the long lasting insight to your own essence.