At the beginning of the year I was contacted by someone who we’ll call Ms. X. She was looking to do a boudoir shoot as a gift to her fiance. As many of my clients are brides, this was typical. When she walked into my studio, glowing and excited, she said “Do you know why I’m doing this shoot?”. I thought I knew, but she said that by the time the shoot date arrived her story had changed “a little”. She was no longer doing the shoot just for him, but for herself as well. Her story, in her own words, is below. Thank you Ms. X for letting me share your story.
When I first decided to book a shoot with Irina I was doing it as a gift for my fiancé. I figured that it would be a great xmas/valentines day/ wedding gift. Jason and I met in 2002 and we dated for a little while before I decided to enlist in the USN. I went away for four and a half years got married had a baby boy and got divorced all in a single term. I was then honorably discharged in 2008 and decided to come back to NJ to be with my family.
Coming back home only intensified the memories of a love I thought was lost. I decided to reach out in hopes of finding him and I left several messages at his last known employment and I was told they would relay the message. I honestly didn’t think I would hear back from him, but he did call me about a week later. We have been together ever since. We had another baby boy and, alas, he proposed August 25th 2012. But that’s not my happily ever after. As I waited for the day of my photo shoot to arrive I was hit with some hard news. My RA was back.
When I was 13 years old I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was told that with treatment I would be fine and resume a normal life. As the doctors have said, I lead a normal life and even went into remission. But last November as the aches, pains, and fatigue intensified I had to come to terms with what was ahead of me. I realized that I was no longer doing the shoot just for Jason, but more for myself as something to look back on if I was to be plagued with the deformities that come along with this disease.
Irina has such an artistic eye. She made me feel comfortable and beautiful and the outcome of the photos are something I am going to treasure forever. Thank you Irina!!