With my whole lifestyle change over the last couple of years I was wanting to get some proper, professional photographs of myself. I wanted some headshots (I act occasionally and needed at least one proper one), some suitable for business use and promotion, and some just for my own satisfaction – to show how I’ve changed physically.
Other than school photos or those horrible family photo sessions, I had never had a professional photo shoot of myself for my own reasons. I have photos taken by pros but I was an accidental subject, or the photos were for someone else’s use (for magazine profiles for example.) I have some very nice photos – but they were of the “old” me.
So this past Sunday I finally had my photo shoot with MAJ Photography (her website is this link) in Grande Prairie. Maj had taken my photo before at different times and I knew she is great at portraits and getting natural looking shots of all sorts of people. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
This is one she took for a magazine feature about me in 2013.
And this next one she took when we were both at a local event last December. I was wearing my new coat and asked her to take some photos of it for me.
We finally got it coordinated and last Sunday was the day!
I had a mini-crisis trying to decide what to wear. Even with a closet full of new clothes I had a hard time choosing. I hadn’t actually realized HOW many tops I’d managed to acquire in the last eight months or so – since I got to my current size. I counted all of them while I was trying things on to pick out what I thought were the best. Keep in mind that there are a couple dozen $5 t-shirts from Michael’s, but I have probably around 70 tops. That includes turtlenecks for winter, sweaters, fleeces, blouses, tunics, and Aloha shirts… Some were my mom’s and now fit me so I kept them. And some are oversized that I’ve kept for gardening and messing around with crafts, etc.
Anyhow… after a marathon session of trying on various things, I narrowed it down to eight tops I liked and thought looked really nice. I left the final choice to the photographer. When she got here she chose four of them – based on the backgrounds and contrast needed.
We were at it for four hours! Started in my basement studio with two different backgrounds – the painted wall and my black backdrop. Then we went to a local park as it was a beautiful Spring day, in front of the Courthouse, then inside the Art Gallery in three different spots, then outside the Cultural Centre on the patio. We were all over the place.
Maj was really fast getting the images to me! We did the shoot Sunday afternoon and I had the files by Tuesday afternoon.
I am beyond thrilled with how they turned out. Maj sent me close to 40 shots to use and all are great, but I have my favourites.
These three are for using for promoting my make-up services. I was sitting sideways in my make-up chair leaning over the back in the two.
This was a studio shot.
The rest of these were taken at the park, in front of the Courthouse, in the Art Gallery and on the Cultural Centre patio. I love the natural light – and my beautiful blouse from Morocco looks great with my leggings and boots. This is a bit of overkill with multiple shots but I love them all and couldn’t narrow it down any further.
The fact that I actually got down and sat on the floor is a testament to Maj’s skill, as I don’t get down that low for just anyone! Getting up involved railings and a lot of leverage.
I think this is my favourite – I am adjusting to how I look as it is still so new to me. Losing 200 pounds is a lot of difference.
May 24, 2017 at 23:44
Wow Shannon, you look wonderful & I’m sure you feel great to! You’re an inspiration! 🙂
May 25, 2017 at 08:32
Thanks Carolyn. I do feel good – lots of issues went away with the weight, and others under control.