2023 All Bodies Pool Party – IT’S A WRAP! | Best Denver Boudoir
Real talk: I’ve been called the Boudoir Queen of Colorado, Colorado’s best boudoir photographer, the best Denver boudoir photographer, and pretty much everything in between, and yet I STILL STRUGGLE with insecurity.
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Why do we do this to ourselves? I know I’m not alone.
Even when we know we are not only proficient, but BADASS at whatever it is we do, we still question ourselves.
An All Bodies Pool Party is something that I’ve wanted to do for YEARS now, and it just never worked out. And this year, up until about 10 minutes into it, I wasn’t sure if this was going to work out either.
Thank you, Colorado weather.
I had intentionally kept this pool party somewhat small, only 40 tickets were available, and 34 sold. I didn’t want it to be huge, I wanted everyone to have a chance to chat and hang out together, and not have the blaring music where you can’t even hear someone talking. As the best Denver boudoir photographer – okay I’m going to own it – the events that I’ve planned in the past were completely photo-centric. Which makes sense, right?
I wanted this one to be different. OF COURSE I hired a photographer – because, duh – but I knew that it wasn’t going to be posing, hair and makeup, or a studio production. I was ready!
And when I pulled up to the venue and parked out front, it was pouring rain.
It was at that moment that I was glad I had made the executive decision to not wear makeup – because I was going to be in the water anyway – and it served me well when tears were threatening to fall too.
I was frantically texting all of the attendees to ask about an hour ahead of start time – do we want to stay at the pool, or go to the studio and have a fun evening together there? Never mind the fact that other factors would have made that logistically difficult – I was determined to not let this rain destroy the evening.
In the end, the lightning cleared, and while it was somewhat chilly, we still had a great evening. Several people weren’t able to join us, back to school germs were REAL in August, but we laughed and had a ton of fun, weather be damned.
Realistically, before the event, anything that could go wrong, did. But about 15 minutes before the official start time, everything seemed to fall into place, and looking at these photos to choose 80ish for this article brought back tears of joy.
Unicorn & flamingo floaties, helpers bringing us drinks directly to the pool to rest on the drink floaties that were an impulse buy that ended up being a hit, delicious food, weird doily things that were another impulse buy to cover the food, helping each other with swimsuit details, it was such an amazing evening!
Whenever something is a first, we always learn from it, right? I definitely had some takeaways from this party, and I hope to have one in 2024 and beyond, because it was truly uplifting and fun.
Sometimes I forget that the stories that I’m privy to as the best Denver boudoir photographer are not things that everyone is surrounded by.
I have intentionally curated awesome people in my circle, who are empowering and encouraging, and not everyone has that. This party started as an effort to gather the ladies together to encourage each other, and ended up being uplifting for me too.
The images are below, but I wanted to highlight this one first, because it cracks me up and I really, really love it.
Special thank you to Amanda with Pink Poppy Media for being there to capture these moments.