Let’s be real! When was the last time you gave yourself a compliment? Or glanced in the mirror and thought, “Hey I look amazing!” Most of us are unnecessarily hard on ourselves. Or are too busy running around to show ourselves a little love - but a little goes a long way.
Tap Into Your Inner
But I’m too busy! I hear you! New moms are lucky to get in a shower everyday. But - this new mom treated herself to a post-baby photoshoot to tap back into her confidence and true essence.
As a Toronto photographer, I see this conflict play out almost every time a client steps in front of the camera. All it takes is a lens to trigger insecurities and self-doubt. Women often invest in a photoshoot to capture a milestone: their first pregnancy, an engagement or a family in a portrait. Frequently, they’re so wrapped up in wanting to portray some image of how society has coached them they should look – that they forget other important things….
… to feel happy
… to feel great in their own skin
… to allow themselves to be captured for their true beauty
The most powerful thing I do in my role
as a portrait photographer is to capture my subjects in their authentic element. But this moment of magic doesn’t happen when you fake confidence; it only happens when you really own who you are.
Owning your power, beauty and strength doesn’t just happen. You have to start to change the tone of your relationship with yourself. So how do you begin to truly feel as gorgeous, lovable and amazing as you are? Boosting confidence takes time, but there are some little tricks we do on the set of a shoot, and you can do that at home too. Try some of these…
Genuinely smile at yourself in the mirror and look yourself in the eyes. Spend time picking out qualities that you love. Give yourself a compliment because you’re beautiful! Practice this regularly to change the conversation with yourself and learn how to appreciate who you really are. How We Tap Into This On Set: Prior to a photoshoot and on set, I work closely with clients to zero-in on what makes them feel most comfortable and beautiful. Choosing favourite outfits that accentuate your favorite features is an important part of boosting confidence.
Getting In Your Body:
There’s a reason why power-posing works. Going for a walk or dancing are proven known methods to clear your mind. Why? Because when you get out of your head and into your body, you quiet anxiety and negative chatter. You’ll start to relax and feel powerful in a different way. How We Tap Into This On Set: We take time to connect on a personal level. We have your favourite music playing – and most importantly – we laugh a lot. The process that I’ve designed is meant to be enjoyable, and encourage you to be your most real self in all your glory.
Busy women often put everyone else in their lives first before themselves. It may feel counterintuitive, but when you give yourself time and space to recharge, you have more to give. When you feel confident and like yourself, you make a more powerful impact in the lives of loved ones. Although self-care looks different for everyone, it’s the single biggest factor in boosting your confidence. How We Tap Into This On Set: Getting your hair and makeup done goes a long way to making you feel confident – but it’s not for the reason you might think. It’s less about looking a certain way, and more about prioritizing yourself and zeroing in on a look that represents the best version of you.
You’re the glue that keeps the family together, and you can’t take a moment off - or chaos will happen. A confidence-boosting photoshoot is the last thing on your mind. But you need to recharge too. Imagine if you could amplify your energy in a way that could make you feel like you’re glowing for months to come?
Imagine, if you could own your immense power, grace, beauty and confidence and carry it with you, like armor through the messy times? It may sound a little over-the-top, but truth be told, we’re running around trying to capture ‘perfection’ in those milestone moments, without prioritizing feeling good day-in and day-out.
Treating yourself as a priority is powerful, but it takes more than one afternoon massage or a new outfit. You really need to show up and commit to seeing your beauty and worth in a bigger way if you want the long-term benefits. Our Portrait sessions are a fantastic way to do this. The moment that never gets old for me is when I hear a new mom say, “Wow, that’s ME? I look so beautiful!” And you are. Let’s capture it!
More About Fine Art Portrait Sessions:
Show the world who you really are, in your element!
Our portrait sessions are designed to deliver a selection of empowering photos for you to cherish and share as a gift with loved ones.
As part of a portrait session, you’ll receive:
-a pre-session consultation
-wardrobe and style consultation
-professional hair and makeup styling
-editing for the best images from your session
-viewing and ordering of your images at the studio (2 weeks after your shoot)
Portrait Session Fee: $190
Review Portrait Packages and a la carte prints with your photographer in studio.
Investing in self-love is never selfish. It’s the opposite. When we are feeling our best, it allows us to give our best selves to our partners, children, families, friends and coworkers. Although, I truly believe this is a priority for every woman, the women I see who need this most are the ones in your life who put everyone else first and disconnected from their essence: new moms, burnt-out entrepreneurs, and busy women “doing it all”.
If you know a woman like this who deserves to see herself as you see her, consider giving the gift of a photography package to boost her confidence and make her remember the Wonder Woman that she is! If you are this woman, treat yourself. You deserve it!