Aboutget to know me...
My name is Mervyn…
…and I like to shoot people for fun (muahahaha)!
In all seriousness, however, I LOVE MY JOB! I love meeting new people (tick), photography (tick), helping people (tick), napping anytime I like (TICK!).
I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now, as of 2019, and it’s been a blast. It does come with its challenges, such as the emotional expense involved when dealing with many women who suffer from low body-confidence. But I relish the challenge and so far it’s garnered me some amazing clients, and dare I say it, friends along the way!
Plus, and I’m going to be unapologetically selfish here, it’s a great feeling when you show someone their photos for the first time and they get emotional because they’re finally in love with themselves. I live for that moment. In fact, if I don’t get tears I whip out the onions as a back up!
This type of experience is not for everyone.
One thing I do not do is coerce, pressure or manipulate anyone into having a boudoir or body confidence experience with me. You have got to be ready to do it off your own back. Not when your mum/sister/best friend encourages you, not when your partner wants some hot photos done – no! Off your own steam and your own steam only.
My job is to educate you on all the steps involved in the process and to ensure you have fun along the way!
There is a type of woman that drives me forward in what I do. She usually ticks most of these boxes. See if you recognise yourself:
She is hard working. She doesn’t know how to give herself a break. Loyal to friends. Would rather not look in the mirror for too long. She is a lover AND a fighter. Thinks she can’t pose for photos. Wishes she appreciated her body more 5 years ago. KNOWS she can’t pose for photos. Generous at birthdays. Doesn’t receive compliments well. Thinks she can dance. Definitely can’t sing but is okay with it. Is nervous about the concept of a boudoir shoot. Has goals. Wishes double-denim would hurry up and make a comeback already. She wears her heart on her sleeve.
This woman wishes she was more confident.
Again, what I do is not for everyone and I will not shoot everyone that approaches me. Some people want to do these shoots for the wrong reasons (want loads of photoshop done, doing it for their partner only etc) and I don’t want to encourage that. not just because I’m a man (though I’d put that out there in case you were wondering haha) but also because whilst you don’t need to be confident to do a shoot, you do need to be brave. It’s a step into the unknown which I often liken to skydiving. Very few people amongst us rustle up the courage to jump out of a plane. But those that do often recall it as one of the best experiences of their lives…