So it was wonderful to meet young Mum Lauren in the studio a few months ago. After the birth of her two young children 30 year old Lauren had lost a significant amount of weight - well over 21kgs (way to go Lauren!) and in recognition of this achievement she wanted to treat herself to some beautiful portraits.
As if to say - 'This is me. I have done well. I deserve it.'
Which of course, she absolutely did deserve it!
She started the Beauty Makeover day full of excitement masquerading as nervous energy.
"I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know how it would turn out, after all I'm not a model!"
But as the day progressed she relaxed into allowing other people to take care of her, to style her hair and makeup.
"It was so nice to be pampered. The kids are full on and it was brilliant to be able to take time out from that responsibility and to have me looked after."
And then it was time for the photo shoot.
"It wasn't at all what I'd expected. In fact it was like we were just goofing around. Lisa was so much fun that I even had a sore mouth from laughing."
The result is of course beautiful portraits that everyone loves. "My husband thinks they're wonderful", she says shyly.
But perhaps even more importantly Lauren has such great memories of the day that she has considered having her portrait taken again when she turns forty.
"It was a brilliant experience, it really builds your confidence and it's a great way to record how you change over the years."
Now pregnant with baby number three Lauren has her hands completely full but we're delighted she grabbed the opportunity to let us pamper and photograph such a busy nurturing Mum.