How old were you at your session?27
What made you decide to book a session?
I was/am a member of the amazing Facebook group that Jes, Emily and Katie have created. I would always go on the page and admire their work and see the outpouring of love from not only them, but every member of the group. When I saw that Jes was offering a Black Friday sale, I couldn't resist! I knew that I wanted to do a session and that was the right time to book it. And...as it turns out...the Black Friday sale was irresistible again this year :)
What was originally holding you back from booking a session?
That voice in my head telling me "Are you crazy? You don't have the body for that!" The voice that would SCREAM above all the other voices that were trying to tell me I was beautiful, the other voices that were telling me how amazing my body was, telling me that I had given birth to a beautiful baby girl and was currently creating life again (I was very newly pregnant when I booked my session), that voice would raise above all those whispering voices telling me that I simply was not good enough...until I told it to shut the fuck up!! When I finally told that voice that it no longer controlled me, I booked my session.
What were you most nervous about for your session?
I was nervous about not being able to open up and just feel comfortable. I told myself all the way to my session that I needed to be open to everything, not to hold back. I am someone who 99.9% of the time puts others before myself, I will literally exhaust myself helping others and make no time for myself. I was nervous about having 4 hours that were literally ALL ABOUT ME!
How did you feel about yourself before your session?
Even though I was able to tune that voice out long enough to book a session, it came back and it came back in full force! In the months before my session, my husband lost about 80 lbs, and let me tell you about what that did to my self confidence. I felt like I needed to keep up with him and that I needed to start losing weight too or I wouldn't be good enough for him. Because I was doing this session as a surprise for him, I was so nervous that he would not like them because of the way I looked.
Describe your experience.
I arrived at the studio and was greeted with a great big hug from Emily, whom I went to school with for a long time and had not seen in a while! It was so good to see her again! Emily walked me through the closet and showed me all of the outfits that she had picked out for me to go through and pick from for my session. I was finally able to meet Jes and Katie, again, both welcomed with hugs!! (Hugs are my favorite, I'm for sure a hugger). Jes explained how my session was going to do and made sure that I was comfortable, and answered all of the questions I had. I was then able to try on the outfits to try to narrow it down to four, I failed, but Jes looked through my 7-8 top picks and narrowed it down for me based off of her professional opinion! Emily then sat down with me and we discussed how she would do my hair and make-up. Emily made sure that I was comfortable with what she suggested and then got to work! My jaw dropped when she was finished!! I looked fucking amazing! I could not stop staring at my eyes, she made them POP and they looked so beautiful! During my session Jes knew exactly how to pose me and made sure that I was always comfortable, or at least not in too much pain :) We had fun with the poses and the different outfits! At the beginning of my session, Jes offered to do a shower scene at the end of my session if I wanted to, I am pretty sure at first I was super hesitant, but when she asked me again at the end of my session I was so comfortable that I decided to do it and I am so happy that I did! I had an incredible time with Jes, Emily and Katie and left the studio feeling pretty damn good about myself
How did you feel about yourself after your session?
I felt absolutely incredible!! I had just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life, an experience that made me feel beautiful and was able to block out that voice again! I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face the rest of the day! As I left the studio and drove home, I thought of my daughters and how I can not wait for the day that they are old enough for me to sit down with them and describe my experience, show them my images and, hopefully, help them to know how amazing and beautiful they are no matter what anyone says!
Were you nervous before your viewing session?YES!!!!!! I think even more nervous than I was for the actual session!
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos?
I was in shock to be honest. After watching the slideshow, I was so amazed that the girl in those pictures was me that I kind of went into a daze, for lack of better words. I just wanted to sit down and flip through them all again and again and never let that feeling go! I had never imagined that I would look so incredible and actually be able to look at myself and say "damn", when Jes showed me my images! This experience has made me so much more confident than I ever have been!
What were your favorite products?The basic album
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own?
Don't let that voice in your head control you like I did for so long! That voice is a damn bully! If you can learn to stand up for yourself that is one thing, but if you can stand up for yourself, against yourself, that, my friends, is something amazing! You are your biggest critic, your biggest bully, and to be able to shut out those negative thoughts and feelings, you will feel like a whole new person. This experience is the way to do just that! Have the power to block out that voice for long enough to book a session. If it comes back immediately, that is okay, because I promise you that after spending a day with Jes, Emily and Katie, it will be gone forever! After your session you will feel like the goddess that you are!
How was working with Jes and Emily?
Jes, Emily and Katie are truly unicorns! They all made me feel so fabulous during my session in their own way! Jes is so talented and incredibly smart, she knows exactly what she is doing the whole session and her passion for her art (because what she does is art people) radiates through her whole body! Emily is dedicated to giving you the look that you want for your session. She does not just say "this is what I am doing", she makes sure that you feel comfortable with how your final hair and make-up look will be by offering up suggestions while also hearing your suggestions! I loved being pampered by Emily!! She picked out the perfect styles to compliment my skin tone, my eyes, and the outfits that I picked out. As if getting your hair and make-up professionally done, and then being photographed by the best of the best, you also get your own personal cheerleader, Katie!! Katie has a 6th sense, and she knows EXACTLY what you need to hear and when. When you walk out in a crop top and high wasted panties and heels, feeling pretty vulnerable, hearing "Day-um 'dat booty though!!" shouted throughout the studio will change your mood and feelings in an instant!! The chemistry between these three incredible ladies is like you have never seen before and their passion for what they do and their love for you flows through the studio your whole session <3. Also, their hugs warm you all the way down to your soul!!
Will you be doing another session?Already booked one!!!
Anything else you want to add?
I just hope that any who wants to have this experience is able to do so. You deserve this, you deserve to have time that is all about you! You are beautiful and don't let yourself or anyone else tell you differently! This experience changed me and I am committed to giving myself some self love more often because of it!