"I was a bit nervous," admits Maraetai resident, Julie Smith, reflecting on her Beauty Photo Shoot with Timeless Images.
"But they've ended up being the best photos I've ever had taken."
We were really pleased to hear that because Julie's Before and After photos have drawn a lot of comment from visitors to our Howick studio.
"You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty and irresistible for the rest of your life" Coco Chanel
Maraetai based Julie owns Spirit Hairdressing and runs the popular Whitford General Store with her husband, and she spends a great deal of her business life caring for others so the Beauty Photo Shoot felt very special - a day of other people pampering her.
"It was a little bit like being a film star and it was lovely having someone else fuss over you and do your hair and makeup. Though it was strange to be the centre of attention. I was grateful to Lisa too for suggesting I bring fitted clothes to the photo shoot. I typically wear comfy casual clothes and when I look at the Before and After photos I realise the fitted clothes are really flattering!"
Julie's day started with a full makeover and hair styling session that focussed on bringing out her personality and inner beauty, rather than creating a glamour starlet style for her. Her makeup and hair styling is natural and because her clothes are from her own wardrobe, not only do they look right and express her personality but they help her relate to the images.
"I think the photos are really natural, which I love. I still sometimes look at them and go 'wow that's me'. They would be a perfect way of celebrating a major weight loss, or change of style or even as professional publicity photos."
After Julie's makeover session her photo shoot started and finished, surprisingly quickly.
"It was a really nice day, even though I think that was also the day my car blew up," she laughs.
"But after that kind of TLC I think you can laugh off most things."
"Lisa is so down-to-earth, she really makes you feel comfortable and calm. She worked amazingly quickly and before I knew it the shoot was over. All up, I think it only took a couple of hours. I don't think I had time to really feel on edge, but I definitely didn't feel rushed. It was actually a lot of fun. And her instructions were spot on. I've learnt how to hold my head at an angle and where to position my body, which will be helpful advice for any photos I might have taken in the future."
And the resultant images are beautiful!
Julie gave one to her mother and has hung a number of images in her home. One picture in particular holds a special place in her heart.
"I hung the one of me in the black spotty dress in the hall and every time I walk past it, it makes me smile," she said.
And that's what photos of us are supposed to do.
Remind us of who we are - beautiful both inside and out.
As we all know they are wonderful as gifts to those who love us, but sometimes even better as gifts to ourselves.
"Beauty is not caused. It is." Emily Dickinson
Be your own best friend, Call us at Timeless Images and gift yourself a Beauty Photo Shoot.