Boudoir Doggie Style - Four life lessons I learned from a dog

Meet Piper.

No, she's not my "typical" boudoir client, but she's pretty stinking cute. And really - with all the depressing stuff on the internet - who doesn't want to look at pictures of a cute dog in lingerie? I mean - what's not to like about it?

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This shoot started out as a silly idea her mom and I came up with one night while we were sitting on their patio chatting. I had a free day, and I'd been working a lot (I mean A LOT), and I desperately needed a brain break. Just a day to do something fun and creative. And as much as I LOVE my dog and he's fairly well behaved, I thought Piper might be a better option. After all, she's a trained service dog.

So the shoot itself was a little wild. Her mom, Lexie, and I tag-team dressed her. And in 30 minutes I had shot about 200 photos and was pretty exhausted - and there were feathers EVERYWHERE.

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So I went through and picked out my favorites, did a quick edit on them and boom-- Boudoir doggie style. But the more I looked at the images and the experience, I started to think about what I could learn from this furry fluff about myself. Follow me here:

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1. Rolls are cute.

Now, not all dogs have them, but consider the number of breeds in the world, each one of them looks different, is shaped different and colored different. Some have rolls and some don't. Some have long hair, others short, some have long tails and others short. Are you catching on?

Women are like that, too. We are all different. Some of us (me!) have rolls and some of us don't. Some of us have curves, some of us don't. Some of us have big boobs, some don't. Some have round booties, and others not.

But you know - just like everyone has their preferences as to what kind of dogs they like (and honestly whether or not they even LIKE dogs) there is someone out there who thinks rolls are cute.

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2. Hiding isn't necessary.

GEEZ - raise your hand if you wake up every single FREAKING day and want to hide things you don't like about yourself? You look at a photo of yourself and want to retouch the crap out of it! (MEEE!)

Confession - I am a SLAVE to any filter that makes my skin look clearer and hides my acne scars. But when getting these photos edited, it was super quick. Neither Piper or her mom were standing over my shoulder asking me to Photoshop out her gray hairs or the drool on her mouth.

Granted - my clients don't come in with drool. But they come in with blemishes and scars and, while pimples go away, the scars make us who we are. The acne scars on our faces show we survived our teens or that rough battle with pregnancy breakouts. The stretch marks on our stomachs speak of our weight loss triumphs or our journeys to motherhood.

Our blemishes, our scars, our "imperfections" - they make us who we are. They are part of us and our stories. And our stories are nothing to be ashamed of.

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3. Wear what you want.

I may go on a rant here - try and keep up.

I have gotten flak my entire life about my appearance. My style has always been "different," whether it be too tight, or too loose, or too bold, or too "boyish," or too odd, or whatever.

My hair has always been too long, or too short, or too bright, or not the right color for me. Same with my makeup and jewelry. My WHOLE LIFE-- from family and friends as well as strangers. And I've always had a complex about it.

Piper on the other hand didn't worry about that. We didn't look at her and think anything negative about it. It was cute that her clothes didn't fit and that her underpants were falling off. We didn't look at her and think "oh, she shouldn't be wearing that!" We looked at her and said "good girl." We supported her choice to not give a f**k what society says.

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4. It's not that serious

I'm guilty. Probably more so than anyone else of taking life too seriously. In the grand scheme of life, it's really not all that serious. We are all working towards the same end goal - to be happy with our lives when we reach the end. At least, that's what I'm working towards.

That haircut you've always wanted, but you're afraid it won't look good?

Get it. If it looks bad, it'll grow and you have an excuse to buy a cute wig to wear while it grows out if you want.

That blazer that looks a little manly, but makes you feel like a badass?

Buy it and wear the hell out of it. It's not hurting anyone else.

Don't feel like wearing makeup today?

Don't. Whether or not you have a full face of makeup doesn't change anything about you or your abilities to function in society.

Don't be so hard on yourself. Life is meant to be lived and you only get one.

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Take a look at Piper.

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Not a care in the world. Wearing her feather boa and enjoying the sunshine.

We should all take notes.

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