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February 26th – March 4th 2017 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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 I wanted to write this blog because one of my recent clients has struggled so much with the debilitating eating disorder anorexia nervosa. Whilst lots of  ladies battle  with being overweight – there are also a frightening number of young women who want to emulate the tiny catwalk queens they see in magazines and social media everyday and literally starve themselves – almost to death.

Sadly an eating disorder works towards the exact opposite of what our goal is as boudoir photographers. Not only does an eating disorder destroy self worth, self love and self acceptance but they also have the highest rate of mortality of any psychiatric illness. It’s estimated that 10% of individuals with Anorexia Nervosa will die within 10 years of the onset of the disorder.

Some people just don’t ‘get’ boudoir photography.  They think it’s the opportunity for narcissistic vain women to pretend they’re super models in skimpy underwear.  But in all the years I have now been doing boudoir photography this couldnt be further from the truth.  Boudoir photography IS all about self love, acceptance and improving one’s body image.We are so fortunate at Symply Boudoir  to be able to work with women to show them just how amazing and how beautiful they are. But their reasons for doing this are as varied as the women are themselves.

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 So, Im going to share Kirsty’s  story through her own words. My reason for sharing her eating disorder story is not so that you will take pity on her or say “awwww, poor girl” but rather, so you will think twice before wanting to achieve a particular “body type” which is deemed perfect by stupid social media challenges and society.  Hopefully  you will think before commenting on a woman’s body that she is “too much” of this or “not enough” of that

Its a powerful story and I feel humbled to have been part of the recovery process.  Much love for the future to a very brave young lady who has shared so much with us

I am posting this to set a few rumours straight but also for me to be able to move forward and not be ashamed of who I am. I owe everything to my Amazing Mom Nicola Lockren and Husband Michael Mander without them I probably wouldn't be here now. ❤

Posted by Kirsty Mander on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kirsty’s Story :

“Like many women I wasn’t happy with how I looked, I was going on holiday so I decided to follow slimming world  (It isnt the reason I have an eating disorder, a lot of factors before and after had an impact) to get that “bikini body” I had before having my son. At the age of 26 a year and half after starting to diet I was diagnosed with Anorexia nervosa this was just the beginning of the battle I was to face. Immediately I was assessed by the eating disorder service and although I had been given the diagnosis by my Gp I now felt ‘branded’ with anorexia. I couldn’t come to terms with this stigma I had adopted so how would others accept me. I was ashamed of what I had become, fueling the Anorexia I became very isolated and felt very much like the elephant in the room.

So much so that I lost my job, I felt as if my world was falling apart and  was using food as away of gaining back some form of control over my life. I reached an all time low with a weight of 5st 8lb.  I was slowly killing myself.   By this point I had moved  to live with my Mom for the support I was missing, whilst my Husband was amazing my illness had a huge impact on our relationship. With the help and support I had including my therapist I slowly began to gain weight.

In November 2016 for the first time I was able to look at a picture of myself at my lowest and see the true identity of the Anorexia.  It hurt me to think at that point I thought I was ok. Continuing my recovery progress my Husband brought me a Boudoir shoot for Christmas,  In his words ‘so maybe you can see the beauty in you that I see everyday’.

December 25th 2016 – Facebook post

 Since the next stage of my recovery is confidence.. this was one of my gifts, the message attached brought tears to my eyes.

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Nervous and totally petrified about someone seeing me in underwear, I went to the shoot.

January 23rd 2017 – Facebook post

I have just been for my boudoir shoot and all I can say is Wow!  It was absolutely brilliant, I had such a giggle. I felt a bloody million dollars…I am yet to see the pictures but what a boost of confidence it was! Keep your eyes peeled!PINIMAGE



I never expected to feel the way I felt during the shoot, I honestly surprised myself. To feel beautiful and confident all because two very special ladies believed and encouraged me. To say I was delighted with the photos on viewing them is an understatement.  Is that really me? I still have a very long and bumpy road on my journey to full recovery but this and everything else I do in life moulds me for who and what I want to be at the finish line. I can hold my head high and proudly say this is one battle I am currently winning.

The point I want to make is DON’T suffer in silence DON’T give up DON’T judge. Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Mental Health comes in all shapes and sizes DON’T be afraid it doesn’t define you as a person.”

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1 February 2017 – Review left on Freeindex website

“I was brought my Boudoir shoot as a gift from my Husband. Having suffered from Anorexia, I had reached a point in my recovery that my husband wanted me to realise how beautiful I was. I wasnt sure I would be comfortable but I went along anyway. And gee am I glad I did, From the second Sharon welcomed me into her home I felt at ease. Katie did a fantastic job on transforming my hair and makeup then into the shoot. I felt a million dollar’s, Sharon and Katie were amazing. Today I went to view the finished results and I was blown away.  From the first photo I had goose bumps, I couldnt believe that was me. I am so very grateful to Sharon and Katie for helping me gain the confidence this shoot has given me. It has meant more than anyone will ever understand. I would recommend doing this to anyone what a better way to learn how to love yourself for who you are with the added bonus of Sharon and Katie guiding you throughout.
Thank you both from the bottom of my heart. Kirsty x. “PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEeating disorder awarenessPINIMAGE

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  • Stephen - Kirsty has become a close friend of mine recently, someone who I cherish and admire so much. The bravery she shows in fighting this illness to the courage of having the photo shoot is outstanding.

    A week before the shoot I met a nervous Kirsty for coffee and the week after I saw the difference in confidence this shoot has made.

    Kirsty is a special lady to everyone who enters her life, she is loved, admired and adored by her family and friends. I am proud to call her my best friend.ReplyCancel

    • - Thank you Stephen for posting that comment. In the short time I have got to know Kirsty I’ve seen a change in her attitude. When she arrived she was nervous, and self conscious – when she left she positively glowed. It was incredibly heartwarming to watch the transformation xReplyCancel

  • Toni - I have known kirsty since we where about 8yrs old.. we where very close growing up and through high school. We had lost touch for a couple of years but then we got back in touch with eachother. I know shes had a few difficulties to cope with through her life, and i was heartbroken to find out that she was so ill… literally hearbroken… i cant begin to imagine how her family have felt because I was scared that she wouldnt make it…
    But here we have it she is on the road to recovery, and im so proud of her! Well done kirsty, keep going amd inspiring other people beautiful lady! XxxReplyCancel

    • Kirsty - Toni i have just read your comment and sobbed. Thank you lovely xReplyCancel

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Yes – this is your opportunity  to win a complimentary boudoir session with Symply Boudoir!  How can you do that?  Easy – I have compiled a few short questions about boudoir photography.  The aim is for me to to be able to understand what my potential clients are looking for.  So it helps me build my business and improve the whole boudoir photography experience.  The prize is a free makeover, and a one hour photoshoot with all your images provided to you free on a rather swizz slideshow presentation.  This can be played on your phone, or laptop etc.  The draw will take place as soon as I have had just 50 questionnaires filled out – so please share this page with all your friends!   Ready to have a go?



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  • Julie Buff - I’ve always wanted to have a go at something like this, now that I’m newly separated after 25 years it would be a great boost to my personal confidenceReplyCancel

    • - So Julie – are you going to go for it?? Pop over for a chat!ReplyCancel

What is a bridal boudoir ?

Bridal boudoir is becoming very popular as more and more brides look to give their groom an extra special gift on their wedding day.  It’s very different from the pre wedding shoot on your wedding day which is all about capturing the excitement of getting ready on your wedding morning.  A Bridal Boudoir  session is a chance for you to look and feel beautiful!   Dress in lingerie, playful outfits, or simply cover up with your veil to get some sexy photos of yourself! It is a great confidence booster, as brides to be can see how amazing they can look in the photos. My Bridal Boudoir sessions are very classy, and timeless. 

However as these sessions are often as a gift for the groom, and my clients obviously want to keep them private,   it is often difficult to show prospective brides what a  full boudoir session involves : so with that in mind, I held a competition recently asking for brides to be to enter to win a bridal boudoir shoot FREE!  The only  proviso was that I needed to be able to use the images on my website, to try and give anyone interested an idea of what a full bridal boudoir shoot looks like.  Shelly , who is getting married on New Year’s Eve was one of the winners.

I could have used models for my promotional photoshoot but I really wanted to get the message out that my clients are real women, with real body concerns.  After treating Shelly to a full hair and  makeover we set about creating the images that you can see below.

I would like to thank The Petwood Hotel for allowing me the use of their gorgeous Maple Room for the shoot – whilst I have a studio and boudoir of my own, I wanted the opportunity to shoot in a different environment! Thank you also to Shelly for being such an enthusiastic model for me – I hope you like the images!  Finally thank you to my make up artist Katie who created the sultry look for Shelly.

If you would like to book a bridal boudoir session as a gift for your groom  ( and a treat for yourself!)  give me a call on 01529 241633  or fill out the contact form below oh  – and just in case you need a wedding photographer – have a look at my wedding photography website here 🙂



Look out for another post soon featuring the gorgeous Sophie, who was my second competition winner!

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Boudoir photography is really taking off in this country and that has certainly been helped by high profile television shows like Gok Wan’s – “How to look good naked.” Sadly, some people have the wrong idea of what boudoir photography is all about.   I spend a lot of time explaining that this is NOT about page 3 style, topless photos but is all about making women feel good, look good and helping them to rediscover their inner sensuality.  I like to think my images are tasteful yet sultry, soft and seductive – and yes – to coin a popular phrase “naughty but nice”.female boudoir photographer lincolnshirePINIMAGEI have been inundated with enquiries about my boudoir photography and so far the feedback I have had from the  ladies who have had a session has been excellent.  All have said how amazed at how beautiful they look, all have said how empowering it has been and all have walked away with far more images than they expected! So who is this appealing to?  Well, to put your mind at rest – it isn’t all beautiful size zero youngsters.  My typical client is a mum, who has lost a little bit of her body to having children, lost a lot of opportunity for “me time” – because of her kids, and sometimes lost a bit of being seen as a wife or lover rather than a mum.  Almost all have lost a lot of confidence.  All have body issues – all are craving a little bit of pampering, of being spoilt, and want reminding that they can be gorgeous and sexy – if only for a day. Others have come to me following a devastating illness, a relationship breakdown, or because they have lost a lot of weight or celebrating a special birthday or anniversary.   Some come for a “Meet me at the Altar” bridal boudoir session before the wedding! The list is endless but everyone who comes gets a confidence boost and a whole chunk of their self esteem back. (See the feedback in my FreeIndex reviews!)boudoir photographer in lincolnshirePINIMAGE!boudoir photographer in lincolnshirePINIMAGE


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So what is this “pin up” photography that suddenly is getting so much attention ?   And how is it different to  boudoir, or even glamour?  Well, I would  say boudoir is  just a sexier form of glamour photography as boudoir is more about the suggestive bedroom atmosphere. Pin up photography is about being saucy , and playful  in a  flirtatious way with full on  exaggerated facial expressions. But glamour is just about capturing the true beauty that lies within every woman, with careful attention to detail, lighting and make up.

Boudoir, pin-up and glamour photography is all about finding the inner and outer beauty of a woman. Maybe it is the mood she is in that dictates the look from flirtatious to seductive. Glamour can be about the sophisticated look with beautiful jewellery and clothes. Pin-up can be all about the fun filled girl next door wearing any style of outfit from cutesy vintage 50’s dress to “hello sailor” outfit with an exaggerated pose. It’s that look on her face that describes her playfulness of what is about to or not happen, next. Boudoir has the look, location and lingerie that leads to seduction.

All these  styles of photography however need to have a high of a degree of sensitivity and as much understanding as possible. Even the traditional portrait session can be a little intimidating for some, so I’m fully aware that any of the photography sessions for glamour, pin-up and boudoir genres can ramp up the intimidation factor just a bit.

So I strive for the trust and comfort factor of my clients. In order for me to capture stylish and elegant photographs of my client she has to know that she can trust me and she needs to know that I will make her look beautiful.  Below are a few images that, to me, demonstrate the difference between glamour, pin up and boudoir photography.  If you want to discuss having a pin up session of your own, or any of the other styles we’ve talked about – just give me a call, or pop over and visit me so I can show some more examples of what we can do for you!

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