The Leap of Faith
Pam had been thinking about having a portrait session for some time, but always found an excuse as to why she couldn't. That was, until we popped up in front of her and pure impulse took over.
"It's something that's always been in the back of my mind that I would like to try. Then, when it was on offer to be done so local, and with the fact that it included hair & make-up, it was just a hurdle that I could maybe jump, which I have."
Pam realised that the "hurdle" she had in her head, preventing her form doing this for so long, wasn't as high as she thought it was.
A lot of people have ideas set in their head of what might happen during their session, that it'll be awkward and there will be pressure to do things you're not comfortable with. People start imagining some kind of horror story, only to arrive on the day and realise that we're not scary at all. We will never pressure you to do anything you're not happy with, we will only ever encourage you to push your boundaries and your comfort zone, because that's what this whole thing is about!
"It was pretty... pretty calm, pretty calm, that's the word I'm looking for. I didn't feel any pressure, I didn’t feel that it was something I shouldn't be doing, and the atmosphere was nice."
After her session Pam was so excited to see her photos, she still had that little voice in the back of her mind making her anxious but thankfully she didn't let it get to her.
"I couldn't wait to see my photos to be perfectly honest. There was slight trepidation because I didn't really know what to expect, even though you told me on the text that it was pretty good, yeah, there was still that little sense of trepidation."
Seeing her photos
Like a lot of women, Pam has struggled with seeing the effects that weight loss has had on her appearance. She'd look in the mirror and see no difference between the before, and the after. What we needed to do was to shock her brain into realising her accomplishment.
"Honestly, I thought I was a lot fatter than what I am. There’s certain parts of my body I still don't like, but those photographs might teach me to like them a bit better now."
We can safely say that Pam was shocked, tears were shed, and her confidence level got the boost it needed.
"Well, you saw the emotion. I just feel a lot... people tell me I shouldn’t feel un-confident, but yeah, I do feel a lot more confident now. Looking at the photographs, I just feel as though maybe I can actually do that again, maybe without being so nervous."
The Embrace Your Body Project is all about empowering women to love themselves and their bodies, as they are, right now.
It's about embracing our bodies, whatever flaws we may think we have, and accepting ourselves.
It's about showing that nobody is perfect, but that we are all beautiful in our imperfections.
And it's about sharing that experience with other women, to help them on their journey to body confidence.