I have been lucky in my career to photograph some amazing women, and to show each one piece of herself that she has not seen before, or maybe lost along the way. As a woman, it is easy to put ourselves last on the list, but we need to make ourselves a priority and take time for ourselves. In each photoshoot I encourage you not only to reconnect with yourself but to embrace your beauty. Embrace it just as you are now; a strong, beautiful woman that should be celebrated.
I recently booked a photoshoot for myself with the very talented Sue Bryce. I was hesitant to have the photos done since I have extra weight on me, and didn't feel confident in my skin. I started telling myself all the excuses I hear from women who are afraid to have their photos taken. But this was the one and only Sue Bryce and sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone. So, even though I still had all my insecurities, I decided I would do it and rock it just as I am now.
The day of the shoot I was so thrilled to have some TLC for myself; no kid, no stress, just relaxation with a glass of champaign while having my hair and makeup done. That was worth a million dollars right there! Every woman needs that at least once in her life. After we finished with hair and makeup I put on my first dress and we started. From the moment she brought me on set, she directed and adjusted me into each pose. I gave her 100% control and trusted her vision and allowed myself to just enjoy myself and the experience to the fullest. After lots of hairspray and dress changes we finished and I realized it was one of the best days of my life. I was nervous, and anxious, but also excited to see the person she captured. One of the biggest things I learned that day was to love myself now. I may still have baby weight and not be in the shape I want, but I also will never be this age again. Now is the time to capture who I am. I also thought about my son. I have treasured the gorgeous pictures of my mother and grandmother my entire life. I want to add to their legacy of beautiful, confident women so my son will know how important it is for all women, especially his future wife and daughters, to embrace their beauty.
We all need people in our lives to inspire us and to help us remember that we are beautiful, we are strong, and our bodies are something to celebrate. I am very grateful to the lovely Sue Bryce for being that person in my journey, and I would love to be that person for you.