There is nothing like witnessing a young lady coming into her own, on the precipice of her future, as she is about to take that next step. As a South Texas High School Senior Portrait Photographer, I have the privilege of not only witnessing it, but capturing it in their Senior pictures.
As graduation quickly approaches, the lovely, Claire, is in just that moment of her life. I recently introduced you to Claire when I had the pleasure of photographing her on the soccer field, you can read the awesome story of that night here. This week Claire and her bonus-mom came to see me so that we could photograph her softer side. The three of us had a great time, laughing and cutting up with each other during the shoot. I'm pretty far out in the country and Claire thoroughly enjoyed telling Tina she had a bug on her and watching Tina jump! That never got old and Tina fell for it every single time. LOL Claire is a lovely young woman who has an engaging personality and a fun spirit. With a strong & loving support system at home, she has a bright future ahead of her. I can't wait to see what she makes of her life and I look forward to capturing her most important milestone moments as she conquers the world!
If you would like to enjoy a custom Ms. Studios experience for yourself or your senior contact us and let us help you tell YOUR story, click here to learn more and see if we’d be a good fit. Or feel free to call (936-463-5893) or e-mail (email@example.com) to speak to me directly. I look forward to hearing from you!
Your #FiercelyFeminine South Texas PhotographerTammy
I hear it all the time… “I love your work, I want to have a portrait session with you, I just want to lose 15 (or 10, or 20, or 50) pounds first.” But will you?
We all mean well. I know I do. I believe you do too. When we make these promises to ourselves, much like New Year’s resolutions, we want to keep them, but life has a nasty habit of getting in the way most of the time. Here’s what usually happens.
You want (and deserve) beautiful images, so we talk, you tell me how much you’d love to have a portrait session “someday”, when you’ve had a chance to “lose some weight”. I mean, overall you’re healthy, you just need to shed a “few more pounds” before you’re ready for pictures, right? You say this in earnest, so you decide to go out and buy a gym membership, or the latest diet & exercise program on the market, to the tune of anywhere between $800 to $1,600 a year.*
But you’re motivated, you want to look good in your pictures. So for the first week, you are OP! (That’s ‘on plan’ for those not familiar with the weight loss vernacular.) And look at that, you’re down 3.5 pounds in the first week. Woo hoo, you’re going to look SMOKIN’ HAWT! But then week 2 rolls around, and you’re really missing that bacon cheeseburger everyone else is having for dinner one night, but you persist, only to discover that the big loss on week one was just your body going into shock and you’re only down half a pound for this week. WTH? You denied yourself, you stayed the course, the injustice of it all!!! On to week 3, you’re extra good and exercise twice as hard, the scale WILL be your friend this week! Instead, you have a gain of 1.5 pounds. UGH! Week 4 is your daughter’s birthday, one slice of cake won’t hurt, especially considering that you worked so hard last week and gained anyway. Oddly enough you break even this week, no gain, no loss. The following week you’re sort of OP but your heart isn’t really in it anymore and you gain 3 pounds. At this point you’re ready to throw your hands in the air and your program out the window.
Does this sound familiar to anyone? And what have you got to show for it? It’s a 6 weeks later, your pocketbook is lighter but you are not, and you have nothing but a cupboard full of shake powder and the quiet desperation of feeling like you failed. We’ve all been there.
Consider this alternative…
Bite the bullet. Stop hiding. Book your session. Come see me. Let me pamper you with professional hair and make-up. I have studied under leading experts in the field, trust me to know how to pose you in the most appealing way to flatter your particular body type. Let me show you how beautiful you are right now, as you are.
#tellyourstory #celebratelife #loveyourbody #loveyourself
And what will you have to show for it if you choose this alternative? You’re not going to lose any physical weight this route either (even though I’m good for taking off 10-20 pounds in camera through posing alone), and yes, your pocketbook will likely be lighter (you only buy what you absolutely love though), but you will lose the exhausting emotional weight of self-doubt, insecurity, and poor body image. You will have experienced a day where YOU were the focus of everyone's attention (when is the last time that happened?), a day to relax, enjoy, and recharge your battery. A day where you once again feel as beautiful as your soul knows you are. You will have gained confidence and power in being reminded that you are so much more than a number on a scale or calendar. And you will have a beautiful, tangible collection of images to remind you of that feeling every day for the rest of your life, just in case you ever forget again. There’s nothing sexier than confidence. That feeling is fierce and priceless.
Skip the diet, don’t wait, you’re beautiful just as you are and you deserve to celebrate it!
*According to CNBC the average gym membership is $800 per year. The latest popular diet & exercise program on the market today (which I personal have tried and enjoyed the exercise portion of but will not name) can cost in excess of $1,600 a year for the exercise videos and the monthly installment of shakes and supplements.
I am not advocating against eating right and exercise nor am I suggesting that people who are at an unhealthy weight should ignore their doctor’s recommendations. This article was written for women who are overall healthy but critical of their appearance.
Today I successfully completed a 12 week course, my mentor and teacher of said course told us, "We teach what we need to learn". As those words resonated through me, it hit me... I, like so many women, struggled with learning to love myself. We don't always like to admit it, it makes us vulnerable to do so and vulnerability is such an icky place to be most of the time, but so many of us fight that fight. Whether because a parent told us we weren't good enough, or a teacher, or a bully, the struggle is real.
It is precisely because of that struggle that I strive so hard to show my clients they are worthy of being loved. The very things I fought so hard to learn (and occasionally still fight with) - confidence, love, value, acceptance, vulnerability, empowerment, self-worth, are exactly what my business is built on giving to other women. I don't always win my battles, 'some times you're the hammer, some times you're the nail', there are days when I just don't have it in me to fight. But after a half century on this planet, most days I do fight, and more often than not, I win.
I am confident that I have value, that I'm beautiful, that I deserve respect, and am worthy of being loved. I also know that I am not everyone's cup of tea and that's ok too. My value is not wrapped up in what other's think of me. That is why, when I bring a client in for a session, it's not for her husband, or boyfriend, or anyone else. Those lucky fellows may benefit from the end result, and often do, but we do this for HER. To remind her of her value, and her beauty, and that she too is worthy of being loved just as she is. She doesn't need to "lose 15 pounds" to be worthy, she doesn't need to "only think of her kids" to be worthy, she doesn't need "someone else to want images of her" to be worthy. She is, YOU ARE, worthy right now! Don't ever let anyone tell you different. And if they do, you call me, any time; I'll tell you the truth, I'll describe the value I see in you, the beauty that the people who love you see.
I love that I can use what I am passionate about to help other women find their confidence. I love it because when you find something amazing, you want to share it. I want all my sisters to love themselves and to know their worth.
I teach what I needed to learn. #Blessed