Elise, Author at Smart Photography

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Terri’s Body Confidence Journey

Terri  came along to further her body confidence journey - here's what she has to say about her time with us:

Everything was perfect and even though I felt super nervous leading up to my session, Anna was extremely reassuring and gave lots of encouragement, keeping in contact prior to my session with handy tips about what would be good to bring along. 

It was amazing to talk to Anna before the session began, she made me feel really at ease. Elise on reception was so polite, she got me a drink and took all my things through for me.

Katrina who did my hair and make-up was brilliant. She made me feel and look like a million dollars. She was also very complimentary which gave me a real confidence boost and she was there to help all the way through the session.

When I first walked into the studio in my underwear - I was petrified. But Robin and Katrina made me feel so comfortable, I was actually gutted at the end that it was all over!

I loved my viewing. Walking in to see a whole wall full of my images was incredible. I felt as though I was going to walk in and hate all of my portraits, but I ended up loving 95% of them. The slideshow made me feel so emotional (in a good way).

I couldn't believe that the person I look at in the mirror everyday, was the same person in the photos.

Before this whole experience I had spent 8 years in an abusive relationship, where my confidence and self-esteem were destroyed. On top of having 4 children, I hated looking at myself in the mirror.

I can honestly say that just by coming along to one shoot and viewing my images afterwards have given my confidence and self-esteem a real boost. I honestly didn’t think I could look so amazing with hardly any clothes on. 

I feel amazing in my own skin now. I would love to thank Anna personally for making me feel strong enough to go through with it, without that I may well have bottled it at the last minute. My opinion of myself has changed dramatically and I would love to thank everyone at Smart Photography. From start to finish the whole experience was life changing for me.

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Boudoir Before and After Images – September 2019

Here's a few of  the Before and After images for September 2019

These are our September before & afters, there's a few GORGEOUS vintage style portraits from a few vintage style sessions we did this month.

​These are only clients who have said they are happy for us to use their images - there is always an opt out if they're for your eyes only!

My daughter had a portrait session & was so thrilled with the results I decided to have one for my 60th birthday. Having spoken to Anna by messenger a few times & by following their Facebook page I only had a few excited nerves on the day which soon went once I was there. The team were so helpful during the session, there was no reason to be nervous. Just enjoy the moment. Everyone was there to make your time with them something special, which is exactly how I felt.

At each stage from the time I first made contact, to the end when I went to see the photos everything was made very clear. There were no hidden surprises - which just added to the enjoyment of the experience.

I wish it was longer & I could do it all again. It was so much fun. My husband came with me for the session, but didn't get to see anything apart from my make-up. When we both returned to see the photos the huge smile on his face & mine said it all. Amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience & would love to do it again. Thank you all so much.

Sue

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Boudoir Before and After Images – August 2019

Here's a few of  the Before and After images for August 2019

These are our August before & afters, we helped so many lovely women this month.

​These are only clients who have said they are happy for us to use their images - there is always an opt out if they're for your eyes only!

Wow! Just an incredible experience. It did wonders for my self confidence and is one of the best things I've ever done. They have friendly staff and a relaxed & welcoming atmosphere.  Everything was always well explained, all questions answered and just a lovely experience. 

I was amazed at how good my photos were. They're just beautiful and I loved seeing myself like that, and my partner absolutely loved seeing them. 

I just wanted to thank you for the experience, it was just amazing and from start to finish, you made to feel so welcome and the overall experience was so enjoyable.

Kelly

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If you don't love your images, we will refund your deposit, in full.

We're confident you will love your images, in which case simply deduct your deposit from whatever you choose to order.

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Summer Of Self-Love Round-Up

Welcome to our 'Summer of Self-Love' project, 
here you'll find all the videos you need to take on the challenge.

Week 1: Be kind to your body

To start off our Summer Of Self-Love, the first challenge is to be kind to your body. Genuinely and sincerely kind. It's remarkable how hard it is for most people.

Week 2: List 5 fabulous things about yourself

This video is all about noticing and appreciating yourself and giving those things validation. Make a list of 5 things you like about yourself, they don't have to be big or super meaningful - just 5 things.

Week 3: Spend time with a loved one

Each video has a theme of enriching your mind, body, or soul. This video is focusing on your soul, and what better way to do that than spending some quality time with a loved one. We mean real time, doing something together and engaging with each other - not just your weekly trip to the supermarket!

Week 4: Get more sleep

Direct some love towards your body. Doctors recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours sleep a night, and not all of us are accomplishing that, so focus on trying to hit this target as many nights of the next week as you can.

Week 5: Social media detox

Don't worry, I'm not telling you to delete all your social media, just give it a bit of a cleanse. After all, we are constantly absorbing information through social media, it's important we made sure that information is positive to our mental health.

That's why I'm suggesting you go through who or what pages you follow on your social media accounts, and if they don't spark joy or you don't actually want to engage with that account, unfollow it. This way, it will open up space in your feed for the positive things you want to see that will uplift you.

Week 6: Listen to your favourite song

For this video your challenge is super easy, all you need to do is spend a little time listening to your favourite song.
I don't mean put it on when you're driving, or doing the laundry, or in the shower. I mean sit down and really listen to it and drink in why you love it so much.

Week 7: Drink more water

We're back to focusing on enriching your body, so this week I challenge you to drink more water. I'm not saying try to drink two litres a day, just try swap out one drink you usually have for a glass of water.
So, if you're like me, swap one Diet Coke for a glass of water a day.

Week 8: Meditation

Meditate, just for 2 minutes, everyday. Meditation is something that SEEMS easy, but really isn't. Don't be disappointed if you can only clear your mind for 10 seconds, that still counts!
Even trying to meditate is achieving something - it doesn't matter if you do it for 30 minutes or 30 seconds.

Week 9: Step outside your comfort zone

Nourish your soul and to push the boundaries of what you believe you can do and are comfortable with by doing something that is outside of your comfort zone.
Something to remind you that your internal barrier of what you believe you can't do, cannot actually stop you from doing anything, and can change and grow as you push yourself.

Week 10: Listen to your body

This week, it's about listening to your body and giving it what YOU think it needs.

If you have an injury that needs rest, give it rest. If you are suffering from back pain, do something to help that back pain. If you feel your arms are getting tired more easily, exercise your arms a little to give them some strength back. Do whatever you feel is right for your body.

Week 11: Journaling

The physical act of writing your thoughts and problems down helps you to put them into perspective and evaluate the next step into solving and understanding them. Journaling can seriously help you free up headspace, so this week is about getting started with that.

Week 12: Spend time in nature

This is the final video for our Summer Of Self-Love project! We hope you've all enjoyed it and that it has helped you learn to love yourself more. This week is a lovely one  of simply spending time around nature. Being outside and getting away from the business of work or towns can do wonders for helping to relax your soul.

Summer Of Self-Love : Week 12

Welcome to the twelfth week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project

Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.

I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).

Spend time in nature

Across the summer we've been nourishing our minds, bodies and souls and for our final week, this is my absolute favourite thing of all to nourish your soul.

This week is all about spending some time in nature.

Nature can mean different things to different people – I love trees and forests, you might love beaches, so if you can get to your absolute favourite place then do. But if you can't get to the place you love the most, then just go to where you can, for as long as you can, to find some quiet, peaceful, calm time for yourself.

Technically, I spend time in nature every day, just by walking my dogs. But what I don't do in that time is take any time at all to pause, really look at my surroundings and enjoy where I am. I mainly trudge through a field, calling my dogs or chatting to whoever I'm with.

So, for me, this week is about going beyond what I usually do – for example, where the studio is, we are 2 minutes from a lake to go and walk around, and on from that there are fields to walk. But I rarely go there. I could, each day, take just a 15/20 minute break and sit and look at the lake, listen to the birds sing, and clear my head.

So for me this week, I need to do that at least once, with no one else, no distractions.

If you love walking, this is the perfect week to go for a walk in the countryside. We are blessed in Oxfordshire with beautiful places to walk.

If you're in a city, this is trickier, so you've got to find your space, get out of the city if you can, or find a park, or another quiet spot that you can quietly enjoy.

You might love being in your garden, but perhaps you rarely just sit in it without doing something – this week is not about being busy. Pause in the space you find. If you've got time, you could read a book or listen to music, but drink in your surroundings and appreciate them.

This could take some effort to even find somewhere, or you might be lucky and be going on holiday somewhere that makes this easy. You are worth putting effort into though. When you prioritise yourself, as part of your general routine, your self-worth increases, your confidence increases, it's all a positive effect on your mental health. So don't not do things that could prove to be beneficial to you, just because they take a bit of effort. You would put that effort into doing things for someone else.

It's one small part of one day to try to get some time, outdoors, for you.

Much Love,

Anna 

xx


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