Uniquely You | Jenn
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
For the female readers, and particularly the ones who are mothers – I identify with you. I feel the strain of the balance you all try to keep and I know that you might even laugh at the thought of finding a day, or even an hour, just for you. I don’t mean to minimize the value of women without children, but moms, I can relate to…and moms who work and volunteer outside of the home, even more so. I’m writing to you as that same ‘professional’, and as a friend to many of these amazing ladies.
Thing is…that ‘beautiful’ part – I know that many of you don’t currently feel that way. But don’t you deserve to? Didn’t God create us beautiful!? And in every, and all of our belly growing and shrinking states? Yes! You are beautiful because you are kind, and loving, and smart, and funny, and selfless. Your body is beautiful because it is strong, healthy, and miraculously able to birth gorgeous babies; NOT because it is [or isn’t] the ideal shape or size.
I believe firmly that you should be celebrated – you are worthy of being in front of the camera.
Why do I say that? Because I feel that you need to hear it – you don’t need to move away from that camera. You need to smile something fierce and let your eyes show your beauty that has come from years of moments of pain, joy, and love. I am saying this because I know that as soon as children come along, they become the ones in front of the camera. I know you want to remember all of their stages and freeze that memory but what about something for them to remember you!?
Complete truth: I sometimes do shy away from the camera BUT I treasure certain images of myself…without sounding too conceited. I can think of a few images from throughout the years that I feel truly beautiful in and I really do treasure those. I want my children to see beautiful photographs of me at every size and stage in my life, with and without makeup. I want to teach them that beauty is not skin-deep. I want them to see self-confidence in those photos and know that their mom wasn’t afraid to capture her flaws along with her virtues.
Having a background in cosmetics has been a catalyst in making these ‘Uniquely You’ sessions happen. I love au natural skin as well but I love pampering women and making them feel great with a little makeup and maybe a few curls. Since each of these sessions are completely unique to each client, the amount of makeup depends on the comfort of each woman. Clothing choices, favorite locations, and anything that could be included (ie. Musical instrument) are items discussed during our consultation. My goal is to make sure my client feels comfortable, confident, unique and most importantly, has fun.
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. ~ Proverbs 31:25
This is my friend Jenn. She is a wife, and a mom of 3 gorgeous, and active, children. For the last year, she has been finishing a practicum to complete her master’s degree in counselling and she also runs her own photography business. There is not many hours left at the end of the week for a social coffee, or a run and she is always the one behind the camera so…we celebrated her!!
Jenn is a bit of a fashionista so this session was makeup and wardrobe focused but for another friend, the adventure was the focus and her session involved absolutely no makeup, no hair fussing, and her every day clothing choice…no two sessions are the same..because no two women are the same.
For this particular session, we choose items for Jenn out of her own closet. Items that she doesn’t often get to wear and that haven’t previously been paired together to create something edgy. We chose fun locations that were secluded to ensure our privacy. Our goal for her makeup look was to be light enough so as not to become the focus of the photograph but since Jenn normally wears makeup, she felt comfortable having it for the photographs. I kept Jenn moving within the location to to keep things flowing, with breaks between to touch up makeup, get warm, and do a wardrobe change. We had a lot of laughs and every part of me loved creating these images of a woman as stunning in beauty as she truly is in character.
“As a mom who is always on the go, thinking of house chores, dinner, sports and making sure that everyone is accounted for, it leaves little time for yourself! It felt so good to be pampered and to play dress up! I felt so beautiful, and so appreciated! “ ~Jenn