Last week, much of my energy and excitement went into a professional photo shoot that I put together rather quickly. I gathered up the courage to put myself on center stage, posing for nearly 75 photos during the two-hour session, changing into over 7 outfits and using several different props and backgrounds. From a business suit to my birthday suit, I took a wide range of photos to show how diverse even just one woman can be in the many roles she plays.
Although this was a rather impulsive idea, the plan was to create a photo shoot around “The Many Faces of Mom” theme. My focus was going to be on breaking the stereotype of what a mom is “supposed” to look like and I was going to share many of the photos online.
There are a few photos that will not be disseminated for the entire world to see, but I’ve put a few on my Facebook page, added a new avatar on my Twitter account and will present a few of the more provocative pictures to Mr. Right, assuming that he still wants to be associated with me after all of this.
Back to the photo shoot:
e.l.f.’s philosophy is that beauty comes from within and it’s their goal to enable every woman to look and feel her personal best through the perfect blend of both the inner and outer person.
I’m not sure what the average mom “should” look like, but I’m amazed by the beautiful women I have met since becoming a mother who inspire me with what they do professionally, how much they do for their families, and the many ways in which they make this world a better place. All of these things make women – and moms – beautiful and I hope to inspire many more moms to do what I did and spend a day (or at least a few hours) being the center of attention. We deserve it.
Let’s face it, usually, it’s all about the kids, the job, our significant other, or anyone other than ourselves. As women, we’ve been taught (or is it a natural trait?) to nurture, take care of those around us and put others first. Many of us feel guilty when we take time to get a pedicure, enjoy a massage, or simply spend a night out with friends.
This photo shoot was a liberating experience for me. I may not be model material (well, perhaps a plus size model) but I walked away that night feeling confident, beautiful and yes, sexy.
I’m a passionate parent and I take my work and my family very seriously, but I’m equally passionate about having fun and feeling good about myself. My hope is that this, above all else, shines through in this post, the photograph and the image of motherhood I’m leaving you with.
I would not have been able to share this story if it weren’t for the many people who helped me put together this amazing photo shoot (and helped put me together for it).
First, there was Jeff Davidson, the professional photographer who took the photos in his studio. I was thoroughly impressed with the great many options he provided for poses, backgrounds, and the finishing touches on the printed images. His company, Cosmic Frogs Photography, has an interesting name and while I don’t have the story behind it, I’m sure there is one.
Second and thirdly, I have to thank my two hair stylists for putting up with my last-minute ideas. There was Niloo, my colorist, who darkened my hair the day before the shoot and Cynthia who shaped my brows, curled my hair and sprayed it with enough hairspray to last the entire day.
And last, but certainly not least, was my dear friend, Sugar Jones. She was my make-up artist and accomplice, joining me at the studio to help with my hair, poses, wardrobe, etc. She also reminded me to smile and helped me be able to laugh at myself without actually laughing at me.
Most of the make up was supplied by e.l.f cosmetics. They’re also known as Eyes Lips Face and they offer an assortment of products that are also very inexpensive (you can find them at your local Target store). The wonderful staff at this forward thinking company helped make it possible for me to even consider this photo shoot since they provided inspiration with their recent contest (which ended on December 31, 2009). The contest both intimidated and intrigued me, giving me the freedom and permission to even consider the idea of having these photos taken and creating my own lasting images to look back on.
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