A Personal branding photoshoot can be so nerve wracking for most people. We’ve all been there: the anxiety, butterflies in the stomach, desperately hoping to remember everything you want to do….In my case, I spend all of my time being the one behind the camera helping our clients feel comfortable and creating a fun and empowering experience for them. However, this time I was the one of the clients, and honestly I had those same jitters! But then I thought, “hey girl, take that same energy you give your clients and create that kindness and magic for yourself”. I took a deep breath….well maybe five minutes worth of deep breaths and shook it off.
This was my chance to show some self-love on this few years journey that I’ve been on and all the growth I have experienced, both physically and mentally. how often do you get to take the time for yourself. To really look at who you are and be like “Damn lady, I am freakin proud of you!”. So Carrie and I went to work creating the best self love session I could get. With laughter and my best friend behind the camera, I knew I was in good hands. Soon my nerves melted away. I learned to let go and be myself, instead of stressing about all the things that I am not. And man was that LIBERATING!
I surrounded myself with all our plant babies that reside in our studio. Then I lit a candle and began to journal in my favorite book with a pen my father handmade for me. Instead of writing gibberish, I wrote down affirmations, love notes to myself and my hopes and dreams. I think next time we have a client wanting photos with a journal I am going to have them do this, it’s so calming compared to writing a to-do list!
I staged the area with my favorite things. My antique Japanese teapot, a camera from my grandfather, and my Pride & Prejudice Tarot deck. If you look closely you will find the original huge antique gold key to the studio hidden in the mix. Both Carrie and I wanted to include this key in our own personal branding photoshoot’s to remind us of how far we’ve come since 2013.