You know, I was never a fan of before and after photos. I don’t know…I guess I always thought it was a little bit like ‘look how crappy this person looks in the before photo and how amazing they look after I got a hold of them…so much better than they usually look.’ So that’s real nice. hahaha
But…I have changed my mind. I was thinking about it all wrong. The point is not that you look crappy in the before photo, because of course you are beautiful anyway. The point is that anyone…absolutely anyone, can look like they’re a supermodel gracing the pages of a magazine and it’s about the experience.
In fact, I’ll admit that before I didn’t even think professional hair and makeup was actually a necessity for a session. Because I truly and fully believe that we are already beautiful and do not need to be edited until we don’t even look like ourselves.
But I seriously missed the point.
How did I change my mind? I had never experienced what I do for other people for myself. So I gave myself part of the experience.
I put a few outfits together for some new headshots for my website. I didn’t go too crazy here. I mean…if you know me, then you know I’m like a colorful mermaid or something. Who wears a lot of black. There isn’t really a category. Let’s just go with it. I’m Beth. Hi.
And then…I made an appointment to have my hair re-colored. Then I booked hair and makeup. For myself.
I can tell you now…it’s not at all about not looking good every day. It’s about having an experience and doing something…just. for. you. About you. It was really fun!
And then I took some photos of myself. I will share some of them later. But for now…I’m going to share my before and after. I didn’t even change my shirt yet!
Now, my daily look is sometimes really good and sometimes “I have a preschooler”. And my makeup artist didn’t even go all out on me, but I felt amazing. And I got a million compliments for the rest of the day. I probably should have made a day of it and gone out with my husband for dinner.
So. That’s what I want for you. Get a mani/pedi. Do something fun and new for yourself. Whatever that means for you. I got a new tattoo and a hair re-color and I felt super awesome…hey, we all have our things we like. Then…come into Beth Waldron Photography and have another awesome experience that is all about you. We’ll do your hair and makeup and pick outfits together. We’ll make beautiful portraits. Then you can go out and do something fun while you’re feeling…extra. Make a day of it. For you.
I painted this unstretched canvas as a backdrop especially for myself and this selfie shoot. Because I’m also an artist and I wanted my headshots to reflect that… Look! I’m not even wearing black!