How old were you at your session? 30
What made you decide to book a session? I've been thinking about it for a while, but the black Friday sale is what got me to finally do it. There was an opening on my birthday, so why not get myself an amazing gift?! I wanted to feel as good about myself as everyone said they felt after their shoot. Turning 30 is kind of a big deal and I needed all of the extra love I could get.
What was originally holding you back from booking a session? So many things. Mostly the cost (which is totally worth it) but also my relationship with my body. I wanted to feel beautiful and have this amazing experience, but I was afraid I wouldn't be able to accept myself enough to do it. Seeing all of the sessions in the Facebook group I kept thinking, "they're so beautiful, this isn't for me." I've gained a lot of weight since college and have a difficult time accepting that I look different now.
What were you most nervous about for your session? What to wear! I don't own any lingerie and was afraid nothing at the studio would fit since I'm a little bigger.
How did you feel about yourself before your session? Embarrassed. I've never been comfortable in my own skin, always thinking there was something I needed to fix. Being bigger now than I have been I felt the need to apologize for my body or make excuses for it.
Describe your experience. I was so nervous and excited, I got there 15 minutes early. Emily greeted me and showed me the outfits they pulled for me to try on. I tried on nearly everything! Got some input from Emily and eventually picked outfits from their closet, I didn't even use anything I had brought. They had upbeat music playing and the studio was nice and warm. It felt so cozy and intimate, like I was hanging out at home with my friends.
Once I had my outfits Emily started on my hair an makeup, which I was super excited about! I don't wear much makeup and have never tried fake lashes so I really wanted to see how it all looked together. All I can say is WOW. She has a talent and I already felt so amazing I was almost giddy.
After all that Jes came out with her camera and we started the shoot. She walked me through all the poses and demonstrated them first so I knew what to do. She is so good at giving direction and explaining what she needs you to do. Sometimes I felt silly, but I knew she had a reason for all of it. Jes and Emily gave so many compliments through the whole thing and I just soaked them up. It went by so fast and when it was time to leave I couldn't stop smiling.
How did you feel about yourself after your session? I hadn't felt that good about myself in a long time. I felt beautiful, empowered, and unstoppable. I called my husband once I left and told him, "Did you know your wife is effing hot?!" (Which he replied to by saying "Duh.") It was a day to celebrate myself, and I felt amazing.
Were you nervous before your viewing session? YES!
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? When I came in for my viewing session they had a slideshow prepared for me on the TV, with music and everything! After the first few photos my nerves melted away and I couldn't stop smiling. I may have uttered a few "damn"s in there too. I felt beautiful and sexy.
Once I had access to my gallery it was a little different. It's really difficult for me to look at photos of myself, especially full body ones. There were a few times I started to pick myself apart and had to take a step back. If this was someone else what would I tell her? Would I think the same things? Hell no! The woman in those pictures is stunning, and that just so happens to be me.
What were your favorite products? I loved the view master and Polaroids but went with the 8x8 album.
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? Do it! You are worth it. Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star, including you.
How was working with Jes and Emily? Wonderful! They are so friendly and professional. You can tell that they care about what they do and want to create an amazing experience for their clients.
Will you be doing another session? Yes!
Anything else you want to add? I wish I hadn't waited so long. It's exhausting to be so negative towards yourself. I'm ready to love myself and celebrate who I am right now, not who I was or want to be.