How old were you at your session? 25
What made you decide to book a session? The Black Friday Special was what finally pushed me over the edge to go for it :)
What was originally holding you back from booking a session? My weight and insecurities. I have always been larger than most my age especially. I received more than my fair share of bullying and harassing growing up - after I had went through puberty that is! I started puberty at the beginning of 6th grade. By 8th grade I already was a size C cup, I was overweight compared to everyone else I went to school with... To be honest, it was hell from that point on.
What were you most nervous about for your session? Not "fitting" into any of the outfits I would try on! That was the number one thing I was scared of.
Secondly, I was afraid of seeing the photos. I have always been able to find something positive to focus on with myself when looking in the mirror, but then I would get a glimpse at what "everyone else sees" and feel totally crushed. I had realized that it was possible to feel confident yet still be insecure at the same time!
How did you feel about yourself before your session? At the time of my session I was feeling pretty excited. I had undergone gastric surgery last June, and finally was losing weight and feeling excited for a new start on life. I was still nervous about trying to hide my excess skin from losing weight, but overall.... I wanted this session to help me finally change how I thought about myself and be comfortable in my skin again.
Describe your experience. My experience was nothing less than incredible!
From the moment I got out of my car, I was welcomed with a handwritten chalkboard sign outside the studio door. I opened the door to find two beautiful women smiling at me and overjoyed to finally meet!
I was shocked to see just how large of a selection of outfits I had to choose from, most of which I had no issues fitting into. I was able to ask questions, listen to music, and just take the whole experience in.
Having Emily do my makeup was incredible! She is nothing less than an artist in what she does. This was my first ever experience having someone else do my makeup - especially wearing falsies! :P
Once I looked in the mirror to see the finished product, I could hardly believe it was me! By then all nerves were gone - it was camera time!
Jes is the most down to earth, silly, yet professional woman I think I have ever met in my life. Hands down! - Sorry to anyone whom I know already who may be reading this. ;)
My very large chest decided to make our shoot interesting at times but did I ever feel unwelcomed because of it? Absolutely not!
How did you feel about yourself after your session? After my session, my whole outlook on things changed. I radiated positivity and began to see everything around me as "flawless" in its own way.
I was confident and sure of myself. My mind and body felt as if they weren't at war with each other any more. I felt encouraged to continue on bettering myself, but also choosing my words more carefully around my two little girls. I have always believed in positive self image, but even little things like telling my now 4 year old "I think you got bigger!" changed to more specific things like "Oh goodness! I think you got taller!" or "Look how strong you are! You just did that all by yourself!". I don't want any room for their mind to wander away from just how beautiful and different they are as individuals. <3
Were you nervous before your viewing session? I was PETRIFIED!
How did you feel about yourself after seeing your photos? My husband was with - On Valentines day during our viewing session. He has been my rock through the best and worst times, yet.. I was completely petrified to see his expression upon seeing the photos. I felt "naked" in the sense that there was no "wall" inside me to keep any sign of dislike from going right to my core. Thankfully, that was nowhere near the case. :)
There were over a hundred images to go through, and I expected that there would be ones I wasn't a fan of. But I was stunned when I could count on one hand the number of pictures that were not my favorites. Choosing my photos was SO difficult. I was consumed by them for the entire week while making our decisions.
What were your favorite products? Out of everything, either of the Albums. I just wish they held more photos! :P
What would you tell anyone interested, but maybe hesitant, in book a session of their own? Close your eyes and jump! You will not fall, and you will not feel alone through any step of the process. Even now, with everyone seeing my photos... I am not ashamed in the least bit. Its me! Flaws and all! I have struggled, I have endured, and I have came out a better person in so many ways!
How was working with Jes and Emily? I touched on this already, but it literally is like the tip of the iceberg! Whether you have been blessed enough to meet these ladies already, or will be experiencing it for the first time. You will feel comfortable, at home, and likely leave feeling like you met "soul friends".
They both are artists through and through. There is no doubt about it!
Will you be doing another session? Absolutely! Its booked for the end of the year(ish)
Anything else you want to add? No matter your reason for even considering doing a session, there is no reason too small. The world is a brutal place, and if we can encourage and empower each other even for a small amount of time... That right there is PRICELESS!