How old were you at your session? 33
What made you decide to book a session? I have been looking at doing a session for a while now, but always found an excuse not to. Originally I wanted to surprise my husband for our 10 year wedding anniversary (which came and left in June 2016)
Jes and Emily posted a contest on the facebook page for a complimentary session fee. I never thought I would be selected, but I was!! This was the push (or shove) I needed. Now I had no excuse, I was committed and being counted on, by not doing it now, I would be letting someone down.
What was originally holding you back from booking a session? I had our son via C-Section over 5 years ago. I know it sounds like a long time, but have not felt comfortable in my own skin since then, therefor I was always giving my self an excuse; I don't have the time, I can't afford it, I want to lose 10 pounds, I want to wait until summer so I have a little color in my skin, etc, etc, etc. Simply speaking, the negative self talk inside my own head was holding me back and fear of feeling regret.
What were you most nervous about for your session? Literally everything, but there was also excitement in there as well. I had spent a ton of time looking at all the other sessions and everyone looked so beautiful and confident. I was nervous I was not going to portray what was needed. What if my husband did not like them (DEAD wrong about this thought, he LOVED them) I was nervous there was going to be nothing on the rack that would fit me, or maybe it would fit me, but not look good on me. I sat outside in my car thinking "if I would have paid for this, I would let them have my money and would be out of here"
How did you feel about yourself before your session? I think sometimes I thought, I am a mom now, I can't be sexy. I also coach a high school dance team, so I feel like I am a role model to young girls....can role models by sexy? I take time and care about what I wear and wear make-up, but most days I was just going through the motions.
Describe your experience. The experience is worth everything. Jes and Emily are 2 people that as soon as you meet them, you feel like you have known them for ever.
Once I got there, I tried on probably 50 things. I deliberately wanted to select an item I did not feel comfortable in, to step outside of my comfort zone. Once I finalized what I wanted to wear (which I felt like took forever) the fun part began.
Emily did my hair and make up and when I looked in the mirror, I almost cried. I certainly did not look like this everyday, she did a great job of enhancing the features I did like about myself and did not make me look like someone I wasn't. Immediately, all of my nerves were gone, I was now 100% excited and ready to get going on my photos.
You think standing in basically no clothes if front of 2 strangers would be awkward, but no, Jes does an AMAZING job in showing you exactly what to do and how to pose. In others photos, the space looks so vast and big, but it is intimate and not intimidating at all. The day went by so quickly.
How did you feel about yourself after your session? I felt great, I felt beautiful. I wish I would have planned a girls night that night. But let me tell you, I was the best looking hockey mom that night at practice :) I am sure everyone was thinking "wow she really tried hard tonight"
I felt confident and pretty. I thought about the experience everyday after....can you get addicted to taking photos of yourself??
Were you nervous before your viewing session? Yes, I invited a good friend to go with me. Safety in numbers.
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? I loved my photos. I think I may love them more than my wedding photos. When I was looking at my pictures, I almost cried. When I think of myself in my own head, I do not look like I do in those photos. Jes did an amazing job they are classy and sexy rolled into 1 perfect package.
What were your favorite products? My album
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! (chanting) I have raved about it to everyone I know.
You will look and feel amazing. I had always wanted to do this for my husband, and now looking back, this experience was really for me.
If you are getting married, do it! If you are pregnant, do it! If you are single and just want to be awesome, do it! If you are a grandma, do it!
If I can do it, and look great- anyone can. You WILL NOT regret it.
How was working with Jes and Emily? These 2 are great. Comfortable vibes just radiate off of them and they are so good at what they do. I could hang out with them everyday if I had the chance. Good people, through and through.
Will you be doing another session? YES!!
Anything else you want to add? Fear is cured by action. I was terrified, and I love my photos, and felt so comfortable that day.
What is the worst that can happen??