Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille Wilson.
Camille, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always knew that photography was the career path I was supposed to take. I always had so much fun working with cool people and making art. A couple of years after I started to become successful in the wedding and family photography industry, I realized that what I was photographing wasn’t making me feel as happy as it should have been.
I always told myself that I wanted to make big changes in people’s lives, especially women’s lives. I’m a hugely outspoken feminist who has had her fair share of body and self-love issues and once I realized that boudoir lets me spark change in how women feel about themselves, I knew I was where I was supposed to be.
I fell into boudoir completely out of the blue, randomly deciding I wanted to give it a try for fun. Since then, I’ve been photographing amazing people and creating a community of women who are there for each other on their journey to self-love.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth journey for me in the photography world, especially in boudoir. I would say that the first two years were just me failing and succeeding and then failing again. The best advice that I would give anyone who has a dream that is scary is: if you’re consistent in working towards where you want to be – you’ll get there. You have to take it one to do list check at a time, plan out your goals, and keep practicing your craft. I had to fake my confidence for the longest time and eventually, it became true confidence!
The biggest obstacle that I’ve had along the road has been my own fear and self-doubt getting in my way. I’ve had times (and still do) where I doubt the whole thing altogether and want to crawl into a hole to sleep. When I start to feel like that, I take the day off to regroup and remind myself that if I just keep moving forward, those feelings will pass.
To any woman who has a dream that feels too big: take it one step at a time and know that YOU CAN DO IT.
We’d love to hear more about CR Boudoir.
I’m a boudoir or intimate lifestyle photographer. I’m most proud about my work being something that empowers women to love themselves exactly as they are. Many of the women I work with have never had a good photo taken of themselves, let alone of them in their underwear! I listen to them and their insecurities, all while getting them out of their comfort zone.
Boudoir photography is different than most genres because it’s intimidating and vulnerable to book a session like this. I like to think that my goofy and relaxed personality is what allows me to photograph them true to themselves as well as become great friends with each woman who walks through my studio doors!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I found local Facebook groups that were photography related and reached out to local groups who were having networking meetings! I met a lot of awesome local people turned friends this way. I have a group of fellow boudoir photographers in GA who all meet up every couple of months to shoot and catch up!
- Website: crboudoirphoto.com
- Phone: 7702962318
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @crboudoir
- Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/crboudoir