Kim, 41

“I’m an accountant, married to my college sweetheart and the fur-mom to 3 rescue kitties, Dave, Mr. Pickles and Smuckers. Life doesn’t always turn out how we planned, but that’s what makes it exciting. I had always thought I would have a couple of children, but after the loss of our only pregnancy and years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, I decided to move past the sad days and be the best auntie I could to all the beautiful children in my life.

As a 40th birthday present to myself, I was photographed by Trish last year for an amazing boudoir shoot. After having done that shoot with her, I knew anything she was photographing would be incredible and I wanted to see the difference between the all done-up me and the natural (this is what you get every day) me.

I definitely wasn’t uncomfortable with the idea of being photographed without makeup, because I think all the freckles, wrinkles and squinty smile eyes are what make us gorgeous! While makeup can enhance our beautiful faces, this is who we are at the end of every day and we are all amazing, just the way we are!

Shooting with Trish is so much fun and she and her team make you feel so comfortable. If there were any nerves at the beginning, they were gone within minutes and with Trish’s guidance you’ll feel like a pro at this whole posing thing! When I saw the photos, my first reaction was oh my goodness, the freckles and then wow, these are beautiful! I knew they would be incredible, but I love the idea behind this project and love that these photos made me embrace and love the things about myself that I may not like every single day.

There are good days and ugly days, but remember: “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”