I know you must be thinking, “WE WANT DETAILS!”. Well, I don’t blame you. This is a a whole new level to not just photography, but life in general! So how is this going to work? What do we have to do? When do we start? What are these goals you spoke of? Well let’s start from the top.
You know how this time of year, there are 800 commercials and magazine ads for weight loss pills, diets plans and everything in between -all juice diet, anyone? Well, as tempting as those are, lets give them the cold shoulder and an eye roll this year. Here’s the big challenge- are you ready? I challenge all of us, for two whole weeks to eat healthier and get out and exercise.
All my soda addicts (yes, my hand is up on this one too) let’s put down those cans- and big gulps- and grab a couple glasses of water, maybe even a V-8. My sugar fans (my hand’s up again) let’s put down the zebra cakes (I know, I know! But they’re so good!) and grab some fruit. YOU! With the Cheetos! Put those down and grab some whole grain crackers instead. Instead of fad diets & false promises, lets fill up on the good stuff!
I asked some ladies today what they viewed as their worst aspects. Big surprise that 6 out of 7 women had tummy fat on their lists. I also saw legs, booty and even “turkey neck” on the list! I know this is no surprise to anyone, so here’s one for you. What if I said I want to take pictures of you modeling all those spots that make you go “ick”? I want you to model those baby bellies, the thunder thighs. I’ll even throw in my dimply legs (I know we ALL wanted to know that :-) ) and the second most popular answer: the ta-tas. Let’s have a good time and poke a little fun at ourselves.
This will be our “before” session. This is a casual session where we will laugh and joke and show off all the yucky parts- you know the ones- that we wish would shrink and disappear overnight. I expect normal daily clothes (yes, jammies are exceptable!) and lots of Lucille Ball worthy faces. I want to show who we are. I want to see the self-conscience, flawed feelings that we all feel. These will be done in the comfort of your own home or where ever you would prefer.
The Investment: Of course you will have to put in a little and effort on this project, but the juice- and hopefully tushy- are well worth the squeeze! The price for this event is only $125 per person. This will include: 2 weeks of support and motivation from real, local women (including 2 meeting during the challenge); 2 weeks of small workout challenges to meet your lifestyle and schedule; a “before” shoot showing who you are and how beautiful you and all your “flaws” are; small, personal goals for you to meet during your 2 week challenge; an on-location “after” shoot with cheesecake style portraits to show off your new confidence and body (hair and make up included) and complimentary slice of cheesecake during your session to celebrate meeting-or exceeding- your goals.
To sign up visit http://www.littleflower.com and send me message in the “contact” page. Make sure to type “CCC” in the type of event box. Our kick off meeting will be on January 27th and “after” portraits will be Feb. 9th-10th.
The Inside Scoop (make it a double scoop!)
When I was a kid, going through puberty I was…well, chunky. When I hit high school I filled out, but I was still SUPER self-conscience. Sophomore year, I began to feel very pressured and I became bulimic. I was begged by friends to stop, but it wasn’t until senior year that I truly gained control of my disorder.
This was me my senior year of high school
A year later I joined the Navy. At that point I was 4′ 10 1/2″ and weighed 112 lbs. I went through boot camp and actually gained abs! In June, 2007 I was stationed here in Virginia Beach for A school where I met the man I would later marry. When I left the Navy in 2007, I weighed a whooping 118 lbs (shortly before that I was eating a box of blueberry pop-tarts every night on watch).
In Japan in April, 2008
On leave with my baby sister in August, 2008
AT Brevard Zoo while on leave in August, 2008
In 2010, I moved back here to Virginia Beach and married my A school sweetheart. I was out of work for about 4 months and gained a good 15 lbs. Then my husband went to Iraq for a year and I gained a bit more.
On my honeymoon in July, 2010
For the past 18 months, my husband and I have been trying to have a baby. A few months ago I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) , which makes it a bit harder for me to conceive. In November, we got a positive pregnancy test and jumped up and down for days. Recently, we found out that the pregnancy was non-viable. I currently weigh in at 155 lbs, which on someone less than 5 feet, makes me feel like an umpa-lumpa. I have dieted, purged, starved and exercised, but with the PCOS, I have a harder time than most with losing weight.
This was taken Jan. 20, 2013
Jan. 20, 2013
Me at my biggest on Jan. 20, 2013
This is why I want to do this project! I’m not a gym rat or a work out buff. I’m just a normal chick with the label “obese” and hard time losing weight. I look back at how I looked 7 years ago and I feel ashamed. I have no kids to blame, no real reason to look this way. I think of how small my waist was and my old pants size and I feel guilty and flawed and huge. I want to remind myself and others, that we are beautiful and our “flaws” help tell the story of who we are.
Every little wrinkle, every stretch mark, every scar is there because of who we are and what we went through to get to this point in our lives. Just because we don’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model, doesn’t mean we don’t all deserve to feel like one every now and again. So let’s show the world what real women look like! So we’re more than magazine “ideal”. So we have a little wear and tear around the edges. With a little bit of courage, some charisma and bit more confidence we can change the world!!!