Gemma’s Journey | Smart Photography

Gemma’s Journey

We put a shout out asking for people to share their portrait experience and were amazed when Ms. Wiltshire Curve herself got in touch. We though she should be brimming with confidence, and if she wasn't, well we definitely wanted to help.

Here's Gemma's body confidence journey with us.


I've been lacking in body confidence for as long as I could remember. Always losing weight, then putting on double the amount I had lost and always wishing I looked like someone else. I was never happy with the way I looked.

But this year has been my journey year.  I decided at the beginning of the year that I had to deal with my long-term illnesses and my life in a much more positive way. Starting with - trying things that were outside of my comfort zone.

I was very taken back to hear from Anna. I told her straight away that I was a plus size lady with body hang ups and she wasn’t in the slightest bit worried. She still wanted me to model and have my pictures taken. At first I was very excited about the booking, but then my nerves started to set in. I was worried about looking absolutely horrific in the pictures and was even more worried about wearing lingerie. My nerves intensified and I found that I wasn’t sleeping so good as I worried so much. I worried so much that I cancelled the first appointment!

A few days later I rang Anna and explained how nervous I had been feeling. She was fantastic with me! Spoke to me for a while and really calmed me down. She really put me at ease and even invited me down for a coffee just to see what it was all about! I decided to book another session and go for it!

I was a little nervous on the day of the session but after speaking to Anna I felt much more positive and ready for the day! I absolutely loved every minute! Everybody was amazing and friendly and really knew how to put you at your ease. I had a lovely glass of champagne to start with and really enjoyed my pampering.  I was elated that I had actually gone through with it, and I was pleased that I had enjoyed it so much.

I was nervous about viewing the pictures but I also had faith in Anna and robin when they promised to produce lovely pictures.  

Wow! Just Wow!

The pictures were amazing! Anna put on a slideshow for me and sat me down with a coffee to watch. It was all about me!

My confidence has definitely improved. I have learnt that just because I am plus sized I can still wear pretty clothing and look gorgeous! I never believed I could look so good and I will always be very thankful to Anna & Robin in believing in me when I didn’t.

I think this experience was absolutely fabulous and having the pleasure of working with you guys was great. I would definitely do it again and I know I will be working with Anna and Robin in the future. 

Gemma's hair and make-up was by Holly Andersen for these makeover photos with her Ms. Wiltshire Curve sash. 

Gemma's make-up and hair stylist for her budoir portrait session was Katrina Tuktareva.

If you would like to go on a journey of improving your body image, just get in touch below.

Much love,
Anna xx

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