Let’s face it, we all know what it’s like to scroll through instagram and see countless photos of what seems like perfect women. And you look at yourself and wonder what makes you different from them. Well, that feeling of “what’s wrong with me” is something I’ve carried around my whole life. I grew up dancing from the time I was three, and when I turned ten I decided to join the competition team. Being so young but not quite young enough, my age put me right on the border line between the junior division and the teen division. So somehow I was placed in the teen group and out of all the girls I was the youngest one. It was hard trying to fit in, all of the girls knew how to apply makeup and straighten their hair and they dressed a lot differently than me. They talked about things I had no idea about, silly things like thongs, push up bras and boys. Needless to say, a lot of the time I was trying to play catch up so I didn’t seem so immature or stupid to the other girls. I remember always comparing myself to these girls, who in my eyes at the time seemed so perfect. Always wondering why my boobs weren’t big enough or why I looked so ugly compared to them, and keep in mind I still had a mouth full of braces, small purple eyeglasses that came in a Spongebob case, and my chest size was equivalent to a five year old boy’s. A few years later, I decided it was time for me to quit the team, and I left with more than a boatload of insecurities that I was carrying around for years and years. Thankfully I’ve done a lot of growing (mostly mentally but physically too) from that time, and with a lot of patience I’ve really learned to love my body and let myself feel beautiful. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes those Instagram models still get to me, but it doesn’t phase me like it used to. These photos by Sheer Photography are my celebration of confidence. For me, these pictures are a milestone of how that insecure little girl has come full circle into a beautiful, confident and strong woman. I am so thankful that I did this. The way I felt after my photoshoot was so powerful and so strong that I wish everyone could experience it. Yes, these photos are a great gift for the person you love, but it’s an even better gift for the person you should love the most, you. Thank you Jen and Brian for this amazing experience, you guys are the best.
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