I was born and raised in the Portland metropolitan area. Portland is where I currently work and reside.
I recently survived cancer about 2 years ago and have been living life with a much more important outlook which is simply enjoying every moment. I normally think I look fat, or my face looks weird, or my smile is not right somehow. I am very self-critical of my body. Initially I was excited about the photo shoot despite my negative self-image and worries about my body – scars, fat etc. I was worried about seeing the pictures after the fact, but I am shocked to see how beautifully they turned out.
My photo shoot was very special. I was nervous before showing up and grabbed almost every outfit I owned. Jillian calmly helped me pick out outfits to ‘dress me for success’. The makeup artist was highly skilled. My skin was glowing and beautiful and my hair was curled and looked so sexy which gave me so much enthusiasm and excitement before the photo shoot. The photo shoot itself, was very intimate and Gia has a presence that allows you just to be yourself and have fun. She has an artistic ability that I havent ever experienced before and it was truly amazing. Jillian also helped with my photo shoot to get my hair perfect and gave me words of encouragement throughout. It was such a great experience that I didn’t want to end.
The images made me feel alive which is a feeling I do not take for granted these days. They were breathtakingly beautiful and captured how I want to see myself and how I want to be remembered. To the future clientele, I would say this is a life experience worth taking. Having these photos for memories for not only yourself, but for your family is priceless.