published in Beauty, Inspiration, Photos by Maryanne | October 11, 2017

Sassy in Sooke – Boudoir Photo Shoot Follow-Up


“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

– Coco Chanel

As you may recall, over the summer I had some boudoir photos taken in East Sooke Regional Park. The photographer, Roxanne Low, and I had an awful lot of fun! We laughed and laughed and laughed…at each other, at ourselves, at the circumstances. And I think that joy and lightheartedness is reflected in the photos.

From the Search & Rescue exercise underway around the corner (sexy guys in uniforms, need I say more?), to the multiple hikers who traipsed right through the middle of our photo shoot, to the fact that, try as a I might, I just couldn’t get the hang of “ballet hands” (a way of holding one’s hands so they look relaxed and graceful), it’s rather amazing that I was able to stop laughing long enough for Roxanne to snap a few pics.

But snap she did. For I was in the hands of a pro who captured the essence of me: sassy, smart, strong and sporty 🙂

Here are a few of the photos:






“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

— Peter Adams

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Laughing at Ourselves – Boudoir Photo Shoot, Thong Faux Pas & the Pub Crawl Sprawl

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life


  1. Jackie on October 11th, 2017 at 12:14 pm:

    Awesome pics! I had thought they were going to be a little more Risqué and I was thinking Wow! Maryanne is brave to post those in her blog!!! And to being doing the photo shoot whilst others were traipsing through!!! Did you just not post the risqué pics or was that as risqué as they got? You look fantastic!

  2. Brenda Avis-White on October 11th, 2017 at 12:18 pm:

    Simply Georgeous Maryanne! I am off to Ontario on Tuesday for two weeks. I hope that you will be around when I return so that we can get caught up?


  3. Glynis McGarva on October 11th, 2017 at 1:03 pm:

    Hi Maryanne — terrific photos of you — hey, sorry about not keeping in touch lately — honestly, this whole move thing pretty much knocked a whole lot out of me — recovering now, I think — it’s so hard, actually, to move from a home and neighborhood one knows so well — at least it has been quite trying for me. Anyway, I know you are leaving your Sidney digs soon. I want to keep in touch — tell me what your plans are, whenever you have time, of course. Your friend, Glynis

  4. Nancy on October 11th, 2017 at 1:14 pm:

    gorgeous photos Pope!! You are emanating happiness! xox

  5. Ann on October 11th, 2017 at 2:09 pm:

    Fabulous photos. As a Cubs fan I love the T-shirt of the world series. I also love how your ‘full of life’ spirit comes through.

  6. Maryanne on October 11th, 2017 at 3:43 pm:

    Thanks Ann! I was really inspired when the Cubs finally one the World Series after more than a century…now THAT is perseverance 🙂

    Hope things are going well for you!

  7. Maryanne on October 11th, 2017 at 3:44 pm:

    Thanks, Park!! Hope to see you cats soon…I will be heading to your neck of the woods in late Nov 🙂

  8. Maryanne on October 11th, 2017 at 3:45 pm:

    Hi Glynis! I have been thinking about you lately, too…and yes, I BET that huge move knocked the stuffing out of you. I will e-mail you and we’ll set up a time to meet for a walk & talk with the pups 🙂

  9. Maryanne on October 11th, 2017 at 3:46 pm:

    Hi Brenda! Enjoy your trip to Ontario…can’t wait to hear all about it!

    Yes, we will connect when you are back home again.

    Safe travels,

  10. Maryanne on October 11th, 2017 at 3:49 pm:

    hahahahahaha…oh, there are more risqué ones, absolutely! But I wanted to stay as professional as possible 🙂 so only posted the ones that were appropriate for public viewing. Even the more saucy pics aren’t over the top, as we were in a public place for the photo shoot!

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Let’s chat soon,

  11. Lynne Karey-McKenna on October 11th, 2017 at 5:09 pm:

    beautiful! And yeah! Go cubbies!

  12. Kathleen on October 11th, 2017 at 5:31 pm:

    Awesome pictures! You look fabulous!

  13. Wendy on October 11th, 2017 at 10:14 pm:

    BEAUTIFUL MA and 100% captures your spirit!

  14. Yul Hill on October 12th, 2017 at 12:07 am:

    Hello Maryanne,

    Wow, you don’t fool around! You look marvelous; need I say more. Your photos say it all. Just a quick note to wish you great comfort while transitioning to your new home.

    Many Blessings,

  15. Maryanne on October 12th, 2017 at 9:43 am:

    Hi Yul! Thanks so much…I will miss chi gong this weekend but I wish you all the best with the workshop! So far so good re the packing up…I’m getting there, slowly but surely 🙂

    Take care,

  16. Maryanne on October 12th, 2017 at 9:44 am:

    Thanks, Wende!

    See you on text 🙂

  17. Maryanne on October 12th, 2017 at 9:44 am:

    Thank you, Kathleen! Hope you are doing well!

  18. Maryanne on October 12th, 2017 at 9:45 am:

    Hahahahahaha…go Cubbies! I think we will have to hit Chicago sometime, Lynne, and catch a Cubs game in your hometown 🙂

  19. Theresa on October 12th, 2017 at 2:14 pm:

    The one in the grey T-shirt that says “strength” is you all the way. Love it!

  20. Maryanne on October 12th, 2017 at 3:09 pm:

    Thanks, T! I was given that t-shirt as a gift a few years ago – out of the blue…and I love it!!

    Hope you are doing well 🙂

  21. Deborah on November 16th, 2017 at 5:34 pm:

    What amazing pictures, MA. Roxanne has definitely captured your absolute beauty. Your eyes have lit up and the inner joy you exude has certainly popped out and is evident in all these pictures. She did an amazing job and your hands seem fine to me…lol.
    Enjoying reading about your ongoing adventure.



  22. Maryanne on November 21st, 2017 at 1:27 pm:

    ahahahahahaha…yeah, my ballet hands turned out okay after all 🙂

    Hope you are doing well…can’t believe how fast the time is going!

    Take care,

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