Glamour Makeover & Photo Shoot - Vanessa. 2013

Us women. We've all been there.

You know- there. At the checkout line at the grocery store or Target, letting our eyes wander over to the magazine racks as the cashier scans our paper towel, shampoo, and dog food. Wondering for a millisecond. Comparing yourself to her on the cover. And though I can't speak for every woman, I know that has been me on more than one occasion. And I like Target, so maybe it's been me on more like a zillion occasions. 

So...I get it. 

And now, I have the privilege to show women that yes, she (who stands in a grocery line with stuff to haul to the car, with kids to calm down and carry) is just as every ounce of fabulous as whomever graces the cover of Vogue or Elle magazine on the stands. It's not a look reserved exclusively for a certain type of woman, but rather a look that is achievable because she already has fabulous woven into her very soul. How? Simply because she is a woman. 

Vanessa, thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture your fabulous self on my camera. Hope your kids know how beautiful their mommy is. 

Happy Friday!

Hair and make up courtesy of Julieta Camacho

The Before and After

PREVIEW: Glamour Makeover & Photo Shoot - Vanessa. 2013

I met Vanessa and her kids a while back, being introduced to her as the girlfriend of one of my old friends. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I can easily forget people's names if I don't interact with them on a regular basis, but not Vanessa. She shares the same name as my sister as well as the same tall height. Not to mention they are both are hard-working moms, a trait that is and of it's self unforgettable.

Before her photo shoot, Vanessa told me that was a bit hesitant about participating because she was very shy and insecure when it came to trying to look good. (A feeling that I believe is shared by young girls and women all over the world - myself included.)

When I heard this, it motivated me even more to not just have her experience a great photo shoot with me, but to do everything I could to help change her perspective and replace that insecurity with a new and overwhelming sense of confidence. It was just a matter of having a mirror held up in front of her to see it for herself.

Vanessa, I hope this preview below is how you see yourself from now on - radiant and beautiful simply because you are you. You rocked this shoot and I hope you know it!

Enjoy and stay tuned for more of the final edits to come!

Happy Monday!

Hair and make up courtesy of Julieta Camacho