I don’t often share personal stories on my blog and this is something I want to change for 2019. I love reading longer posts from people I follow so I can only imagine a few of my followers feel the same.
I thought I’d start off with something big. Last year I lost 50lbs. After having my son in 2015 I’d gained close to 70lbs. The funny thing was, I only gained 40lbs during pregnancy, the rest came after. I’d always heard that breastfeeding would burn it off, but it made me gain more lbs. I was always ravenously hungry. Plus I wasn’t sleeping because I had a baby! He wasn’t a good sleeper and wanted to be attached to Mommy at all times.
I thought we were coming to an end of breastfeeding so I started the
I remember the exact moment I decided I needed headshots. It was early June 2018 and I was meeting a teen and her mom for her senior picture pre-shoot consultation at a coffee shop. The teen and the mom both did a double take when I waved at them. They didn’t recognize me. I was down almost 50lbs and they hadn’t seen me since early February.
After the consultation, I went home and emailed my friend Dijana. (Pronounced De-anna) She is a maternity, portrait, boudoir and headshot photographer in Portland. Her daughter was unexpectedly born early so Dijana was booking clients in advance while her daughter was in the NICU. #Momhustle right! I think it had been in the back of my head to do “real” headshots but I hadn’t taken that step. I kept thinking I wanted to lose more weight and wanted to book months in advance. So when I saw she was booking 4+ months out I figured that was the right time for me to finally take that step.
If you take anything from this post know this. You are beautiful just as you are. You don’t need to lose weight, you don’t need to work on your skin, you don’t need new clothes. You just need to be YOU to update your headshot or book family pictures. You deserve to be photographed at all stages in your life.
By the time late September came, I’d been on and off the program and regained a bit. I wasn’t feeling great about my body. I was working my full-time office job and having the busiest senior season I’ve ever had. Working 7 days a week 6:30am-midnight while somehow spending time with my kid and husband is a lot. There’s only so much we can focus on and my family and business took priority over losing weight.
I didn’t expect to be nervous at the shoot. I’m a photographer, I know how these things work after all! I loved my hair and makeup, I had so much fun chatting with the HMUA Jessica Rogers. Dijana and Jessica helped me pick out what to wear from the clothes I brought, I should have no nerves, right? Wrong! The instant Dijana lifted her camera I got super self-conscious. I felt like the extra pounds were rolling out everywhere and that I had a huge double chin and why didn’t I whiten my teeth before this? I literally froze. It was funny cause I remember telling Dijana that I don’t know what to do and she laughed. She was like “you know posing, come-on girl!” And she was right, I know posing…for other people. But not for me! This is why you hire a professional photographer that specializes in the images you want. Dijana photographs women in all the stages of life and when she saw I was freaking out inside she took charge. She posed me, she moved me around to find my good angles, she made me laugh, and she got me through the nerves. This is what a great photographer can do. It’s not just about clicking the button on the camera it’s so much more.
I wanna talk about why I booked with Dijana over all the other headshot photographers. She’s a woman’s woman…is that a saying? It really should be. Her posts are so woman-positive and empowering…you need to follow her just for the daily positive energy you’ll get from her posts! Go follow her Facebook page and check out her website, I love seeing her beautiful work pop up in my feed.
The other reason I chose her, she’s not cheap. As a photographer, I know that when you go cheap with photography you are risking not getting the photos you want. I needed headshots to show my face on social media, on my website, and even my email signature. I didn’t want to risk getting crappy pictures and having to redo them. I was happy to pay her session fee and I knew I would be spending more after the shoot to get additional files. I won’t tell you exactly what I spent but it really doesn’t matter because it was worth every penny. And I’m looking forward to doing this again in 2019 with Dijana.
I get a good amount of push back on my headshot pricing. People are always like “but I can go to
Needless to say, I love my headshots and I’m so glad I finally got professional ones taken. I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere…facebook page,