When the day came, it snowed heavily. Whilst transport issues distracted me slightly, I still arrived flustered and with a large bag of potential outfits. I had no idea what to wear, having failed to find The Essence Of Me (despite an ongoing search) and I felt sick.
The first thing Helen did was take the difficult decisions out of my hands. She suggested we began the session with me wearing the clothes I travelled in – winter boots, jeans and a poncho. I love this outfit, I wear it all the time and feel totally comfortable in it, but never thought about wearing it for the photo shoot. This was a stroke of genius on her part, as we started the session without me thinking about my appearance.
Helen interacted with my kids in a way they found so entertaining that I couldn’t help but enjoy myself. She gave them instructions and tasks that totally engaged them, and I looked on with admiration and pride. The smiles she caught are genuine.
The session flew, and Helen seemed pleased with what she had taken. I was surprised to find myself excited about seeing the results, eagerly checking to see if anything had been sent through. I couldn’t wait to see my girls’ little faces knowing how much fun they’d had, and I didn’t feel as worried about my own appearance because I knew at least I would look happy and relaxed. Besides, I could always chop me out…
But the images that arrived in my inbox surpassed my expectations. You can see the results for yourself. What Helen captured was so much more fundamental than a list of imperfections and insecurities. She grasped connection, joy, love; she captured The Essence Of Us.