I'm a fairly recent transplant from Canada (3 years), and well into my 40th year of planetary fun. I'm currently trying out the life of an art director/graphic design freelancer, and finding it fits well. I'm excited for spring so I can once again enjoy the nature, beauty and healing of Oregon and Washington's hiking trails, hot springs, yoga and farmer's market produce.
I've always been self-conscious and critical of my appearance. Even people close to me have fed into my insecurities, feeling it was within their right to criticize my weight or features. Finally at 40, I'm getting it. Perhaps it's the grace and wisdom age begins to offer, or hurdling major life challenges. Maybe it was the beauty Gia pulled from me the first time we did a photo shoot (a lovely 40th birthday present!). I think a combination of all these life occurrences, along with rejecting the jabs of others and my inner-critic are enriching my soul and happiness.
The first time Gia did my photo shoot she made me feel welcome. She was kind and patient and helped calm my nerves. I knew the second time would be even better. Not only did I know that I would have the VEV experience, the fear of the unknown was no longer hanging over me. Everything felt much more natural and fluid. I knew Gia would capture me in an authentic, beautiful way.
I had a blast. Gia and Kelliana made be feel at home and beautiful. Kelliana is a master with a lot of experience, and a toolbox full of tricks. I'm inspired to play pretty again, and will try to replicate the makeup she did. Gia's tasteful insights on wardrobe combinations are something I never thought of, and posing felt less awkward than the first time. With one shoot already under my belt, I knew what Gia was going for. Everything seemed to click, and it did.
When I saw my photos I thought, "Magic!... That's me?! I look even better than the first time!" The photos mirrored a health and confidence I usually don't see, or project. The best of me was brought out, and I'm thrilled! When I've showed my friends "Whoooah!" is their typical reaction, followed by "I want photos too!"
For all those gals toying with the idea of getting their photos done, I say "Do it!!" Don't be afraid, have fun, play, joke, smile. Bring YOU to the shoot. See yourself in YOUR best light. You deserve to be celebrated! You're in good, kind and talented hands. Enjoy!