Christmas greeting with nude woman on chairCopyright Mark Laurie -, Calgary


Pause . . . Reflect . . . Be Grateful . . . Embrace

Throughout the year, most of our wonderful clients come to us to have their lingerie, nudes, glamour . . . and, well personal expressions driven by self-discovery, or joyful embrace, of themselves. This time of year we see the rise of gift giving. Their personal expression and discovery is still part of the mix, but it becomes imbued with what their lover would what. It creates a curious emotional string that slips almost unnoticed, entwined if you will, with every considered gift given.

To do this, all our clients have to pause, then reflect on their lover, what he or she means to them, what their lover’s likes are. Why do their lovers love them, what are their lover’s tastes, what would they enjoy the most.

While doing this a special moment arrives. They realize how grateful they are for that person that loves them. Who loves them just as they are for who they are.

As we do our session, or sometimes in the viewing, I can see an emotional embrace of their lover. Often it’s an emotional moment, sometimes a sly smile. It’s very cool to see, a transformation of a feeling, a resonation of how deep their connection really is. The excitement to share this discovery by way of their images, there is a thrill.

Part of the season’s very design seems at odds with the purpose of the season. We sneak around, finding special gifts, hiding these treasures. Being careful in our conversations to not let slip a hint of what will soon, or perhaps is already, wrapped. Any other time of the year this deceiving behavior would have consequences. Yet this time of year, we all know it’s for a good cause, a surprise, an expression of love, will result. We look forward to it.

I know I love the time I get to take to find Jan, my wife of nearly 40 years, the most expressive gift. I get to wrap myself with her then go out to see things through her eyes, things that she will find special or needful. Sometimes I go with purpose, having thought and divined what a gift will be. Along the way though I drift. I drift looking for things I will discover, unexpected treasure that will be perfect for her.

It is an incredible feeling for me. I will spend these days appreciating her, feeling connected to her, imagining her delight when she opens it. I am very grateful for this time of year just for that reason.

By now, all of our clients have picked up their gifts, leaving with a mischievous glint in their eyes. In the days following Christmas we will get phone calls and emails of thanks from men we have never met. Or more often, from our clients expressing how perfect the gift worked out, telling us about the reactions.

I love this time of year for so many reasons.

We hope you had reason to Pause. . . Reflect. . . Be Grateful. . . and to Embrace all of this.

May the season of hope, joy and fellowship, be with you!

Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.