Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia Loaiza.
Hi Cynthia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My name is Cynthia Loaiza, I was born in Colombia, South America, and immigrated to the States with my family when I was 8 years old. From an early age, I had an interest in photography. I still remember my first Polaroid camera and the excitement to be able to instantly freeze a moment and memory in time.
My journey with photography began when I worked at a photography studio and later a printing lab during my college years. This journey continued when I moved to DC almost 10 years ago and began working with local wedding photographers, assisting and eventually working my way up to working my own weddings. I photographed weddings for almost five years until I got divorced and felt a bit heartbroken every time I attended a wedding.
It was during this heart-wrenching divorce that I found myself with a broken spirit and my confidence in myself was at an all-time low. Getting divorced and feeling helpless weren’t exactly on my bucket list and I found myself at a crossroads: did I crumble under the pressure of disappointment, or did I use my life experiences to reinvent myself and become my own version of the confident, empowered women I’d always admired? Obviously, I chose the latter.
I realized that the women I admired all had one major thing in common — and I was terrified of it. These women were honest, vulnerable, authentic, and unapologetic about who they were. So, I did the most honest, vulnerable, authentic, and unapologetic thing I could think of: I stripped down to my bare skin and had a stranger take photos of me.
Since that defining moment, I vowed to love myself for who I am and help other women do the same. And today, I do just that as the owner and Creative Director of Silk & Lace Boudoir, a 5-star women’s empowerment photography studio whose mission is to inspire, empower, and celebrate, every woman who walks through our doors.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I have been blessed with a career that I love and I’m passionate about and honestly can’t imagine things being any other way. With that said, there have been many struggles.
One of those being when I started this business 5 years ago I didn’t have the capital for a space. My first 5 to 6 months operating Silk & Lace Boudoir were spent shooting out of my tiny apartment living room. I shared the apartment with my partner and brother at the time and would have to kick them out every time I had a shoot, lol!
I also had to completely arrange and re-arrange the living room to make it work for each shoot. In the end, it all worked out though, and eventually found a home for our studio in a historic building in Woodley Park.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I own and operate a boudoir photography studio and I specialize in photographing the female form. I love what I do and I’m passionate about empowering and inspiring women to see their beauty, strength, and vulnerability through art using photography as my medium.
While photography is my medium, my work is about so much more than images. Boudoir is about much more than getting glammed up and capturing moments, it’s a milestone in many of my client’s transformation journeys. It’s an empowering experience that reminds them of how beautiful and confident they are.
As women, we especially battle with both internal and external influences on our self-image that can make it hard to remember who we really are. The images from your boudoir shoot are tokens of an experience of a lifetime and a reminder of your magnificence. They are everyday physical reminders of you, your power, and your journey.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My entire team! I would not be where I am without their immense help!!!
Also, my partner and for being incredibly supportive through it all and dealing with long, nonconventional hours, and all of my ups and downs through the past five years of running Silk & Lace Boudoir.
Finally, my family for being so loving and my biggest cheerleaders!
- Sessions begin at $400. Prints and products are sold separately.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.silklaceboudoir.com
- Instagram: @silkandlaceboudoir
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/silklaceboudoir
A feature photo of me is captured by Leah Judson