Filed in Audaciously Feminine Boudoir / November 27, 2016 /
Hello, my name is Kimberly and I am so excited (and a little nervous) to be a VIP Ambassador for Tara Reiners Boudoir photography! I’ve been asked to share a little about myself and why I wanted to be an ambassador. I am a mother of four and my kids are ages 15, 13, 9 and 7. They are awesome kids and I love being their mom. I am lucky enough to be married to my high school sweetheart and he is fabulous. I could write my entire blog post about how great he is and how lucky I am to have him but I will spare you all of the sappy love stuff, just know that he is great and all mine. I also work full time and I really enjoy my job and being a working mom.
Now for a little background. I was born into a large conservative family. I love my big family! I had a great dad who worked hard and loved to have fun with us, he coached my teams and taught me real life skills like how to nail an interview and give a firm handshake. I have an amazing mom who taught us how to be good adults (that is the point right?) and what it means to love one another. We went to church together, we prayed together, and we were taught from the scriptures. I love the way I was raised. I am raising my family in the much of the same manner. However, there is one area that is much different.
I grew up in a house where we didn’t talk about sex and at church I was taught that was sex was a bad thing… until you were married. This is a great lesson, but as an unintended by-product to this I have struggled with my own sexuality as an adult. After being married for a few years I realized that there was still this little bit of guilt that I felt when it came to sex. I had been taught for 18 years that it was bad and those teachings still resonated with me in some small way. These feelings and thoughts made their way into my marriage like a bad seed as you could imagine. My husband was not raised the same way I was and had a hard time understanding where I was coming from. But he was patient and loving.
Eventually I realized what I was struggling with and that helped me start down a new path. I needed to learn that I have another side to me and that it was put there by god and for a reason. I am in charge of it and it is nothing to be ashamed about. It’s a road that I am still on but I can tell you that it has been a complete 180 in that department of my marriage. It has helped my marriage to be even more healthy, fun, and fabulous!
We talk about sex in our house, a lot. I have two teenagers. They are hearing about sex and sexuality all of the time at school, in the media, and around their peers. It is up to me and my husband to keep the dialogue going at home too and to make sure that they understand how WE feel about it and not just the outside world. I didn’t want to be a VIP ambassador so that I could have a reason to share mostly naked and very sexy pictures of myself with the entire internet. That part is terrifying and my husband doesn’t really like that part too much either. And I am not advocating for everyone to get their pictures taken and share them with the world. But I want to start a dialogue. A conversation about sexuality. It is nothing to be ashamed about or hidden. I think that it is something that is private but not to be ignored.
I’ve been wanting to do a boudoir session for a couple of years now. I think that a boudoir session is about embracing that side of you. Saying “I feel sexy and there is nothing wrong with that!” Tara was amazing to work with and made me feel comfortable the entire time. I think that if you have ever contemplated having boudoir pictures done then you should definitely book a session with Tara, you will not regret it!
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