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Check Out Anna Meushaw’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Meushaw.

Anna, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I never thought I’d end up as a Boudoir Photographer. In fact, I went to college majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I had always taken photos for fun growing up; it was something I loved to do. And I continued photographing friends in college for fun.

I started getting inquiries while I was still in school, and I would take them because I loved doing it. Only a year or so away from graduating, I realized that I didn’t want the research career I had so long been dreaming of. I wanted to spend time with my children, and I thought maybe I’d be able to expand my photography business.

A few years into my photography career, I was dabbling in all sorts of subjects – families, weddings, newborns, and boudoir. I soon realized that the reactions and responses I was getting from the women whose boudoir photos I had taken made me so grateful that I was able to photograph them.

I decided to make this my niche – I loved the friends I had made in boudoir and the online community I was building. I no longer take clients other than Boudoir clients. They have a special place in my heart, and I feel that they deserve all of my attention.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was definitely not a smooth road. I got pregnant with my first child when I was 16. I thought the only way to “redeem” myself was to graduate college and get a good, respectable job. I thought a STEM career was the way to go.

It was hard to choose between school and my business, especially since I had already paid for most of college and was semi-close to graduating, but I definitely made the right choice.

I’m now able to pour all of my attention into my business that before I was splitting into school and work and my kids. And I’m able to spend the majority of my time with my children. That was a major goal of mine.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am solely a Boudoir Photographer. I photograph intimate portraits of women and help them to see themselves in a light they’ve never seen before. So often, we push harsh societal standards on ourselves, and I can help them to abolish those negative views.

I am so happy that I am able to totally shift a woman’s view of herself; we all deserve to live a life without that nagging voice in our heads.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk-taking?
Diving head-first into Boudoir was definitely a huge risk to me. I had to invest a lot in education, a studio, and a client wardrobe, and I thought I would lose out on clients, or thought that I wouldn’t be able to book enough boudoir clients. It has hugely benefited me.

I have now come to learn that when you put yourself out on the line and feel uncomfortable about an action you’re taking with your business that you are doing the right thing. I now view myself as a “risk-taker,” because I totally changed my life by getting comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

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