I would say that Michele is a special heart-warming case. She came in with major self-esteem issues that she's been working out for awhile now. I'm so glad she decided to come in for a shoot because it turned out to be a great step in her self-esteem building goal. I feel honored to be given a part in such an important, life-changing process.
I have to tell you what really touched me:
Immediately after Nina completed Michele's hair and makeup, we all went to the mirror to check out the results. Michele's reaction was just..."Wow". And then she got kinda quiet. Even though she looked gorgeous, I was a little worried that her silence meant she didn't like her glamified-look, but that wasn't the case at all. She fell silent only to try to hold back her tears. Can you believe she said: "I didn't think I could look this beautiful." Can you believe that!!! I'll never forget that moment....
Michele actually explains everything better herself:
"WOW!! I wanted to build my self-confidence and self-esteem after a major weight lost (53 pounds). Who would of thought that at my age I'd be doing this!! HAHA Age is just a number anyways believe it or not I am 39.
I couldn't of picked a better group of ladies to take this major step with me. It was like being with "the girls" hanging out and talking and laughing the entire time.. talking about "boys" and "men" oh it got interesting... But ladies never talk of such things...What a great atmosphere!!!
Even though I came to the studio as a blank slate, I walked out filled with the fact I accomplished something I meant to do years ago not for anyone else but ME. Yet there is someone who has put the fire under me, who I owe so much to and that is Chuck. Great guy who could ask for anything more....Really?
Janelle made me feel great with the "extra baggage" we all have and to have fun, be silly and serious all in one. Never did I feel more at ease and at home then I did here when having my picture taken... I can never thank you enough for your kindness.. This definitely boosted my self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth....Now to see the grande finale!!! Oh and next time yes I think the SCHOOL Girl outfit... Yeah that's next...Chele V."
Ahh, isn't she so sweet? I love to hear client feedback--it's informative and delicious! Check out some of Michele's pictures--they're not quite the "grand finale" yet, because she still has an awesome album in the making....
Isn't this just so cute?! She pulled the expression off fabulously!
I love the natural reaction we captured in the top corner image. We had so much fun! We couldn't stop giggling throughout the session.
My final words: MICHELE--STOP BEING SO HARD ON YOURSELF. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!