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"When I was younger I hated my body and I had such an unhealthy relationship with myself. As females we are often told we need to change ourselves to be beautiful and that’s what I always did - I changed something about myself because I thought it would make me feel better. For a little while, changing myself did make me feel better, but I was never happy with little things. I told myself I need to lose X amount of pounds or I need to diet and be a size 4 to be happy, but that’s just crazy. It’s not an unrealistic goal either, but the fact that I would spend so much of my energy hating on the little things, instead of seeing myself as beautiful makes me sad. I would stand in front of a mirror and tell myself ‘if only I looked this way, I’d feel better about myself’. I never noticed the thing I was really lacking was the ability to love myself and the confidence to do so.
Now what does that have to do with Alyssa? Well I booked this shoot back in November when Alyssa was having her amazing Black Friday Special. I’ve been following Alyssa for about 2 Years now, so I’m very up to date on her and her group and have always been such a fan of her work. She takes unbelievable photos that honestly take your breathe away and I’ve always wanted to do a shoot, but stopped myself before doing one because of excuses. In September 2017 though, I went through a really hard breakup and I was at a an all time low. So I thought why not just book a shoot and change the way I think about myself, and that’s exactly what Alyssa did for me.
From the moment I booked the shoot, Alyssa kept me up to date on everything and made sure I had a Saturday date to come in. The long wait from November to June had me really unsure if I should go through with it. Even on the day of my shoot I was so nervous to get in the car and just go, but I did made it. From the moment you get up the stairs and ring the door bell, there is no turning back. I was scared that Alyssa would see that I was so insecure about my body, my weight, my stomach, and my teeth. Buy from the moment you walk in, it’s like seeing an old friend you haven’t seen in forever. The girls are more than welcoming and reassuring, they are supportive and encouraging. It was like my own personal cheerleading squad. The hardest part is getting there as Alyssa’s team says. I promise you the second you walk in, all your insecurities go away. The girls made me feel so comfortable that I even decided to go nude for my last outfit change, something I didn’t think I was going to do as I drove over. My nudes are probably some of my all time favorites. When I saw my photos I was shocked that I kept saying that there was no way it was me. There was not a single photo I hated. I can’t even explain that feeling to you, it was life changing. Alyssa made me see myself in my own skin and I was blown away at how much I’ve been missing. The girl who saw 10 extra pounds that I needed to lose was gone and the girl that Alyssa opened my eyes too was a beautiful creature. I cannot thank Alyssa and her team enough for absolutely everything. I walked away with a new found happiness in my body and myself. I feel so lucky that I could have met Alyssa and her team, there are people out there that leave a lasting impression on you and Alyssa is one of them. Put yourself first and come meet Alyssa and her team. I will leave you with this cut the excuses and just do it, I promise you it will change your life."