Tabatha is in my extended family, and is a professional dog groomer. With that she has two beautiful dogs of her own, and came to me for photographs with and of her dogs. I was thrilled to be able to photograph her with them! As a last minute surprise her Mother was in state for a family event and we were able to create some Mother Daughter portraits for Tabatha with her Mom. We really created some amazing photos that Tabatha and her loved ones will love and enjoy forever.
And now a bit from Tabatha on her experience!
“I’ve stalked Jenn and the journey of her career pretty much from the moment I met her. I am fortunate to have Jenn as a part of my extended family and have always admired her personality and style. I had the opportunity to see her in action at a friend’s wedding and loved her enthusiasm and energy, so when she made the jump to Portraiture, I started thinking about having shots done.
I am not a person who is comfortable in her own skin. Most days I think I look adequate, but rarely am I pleased with how I look. I don’t step out of comfort zones easily and recently have come to realize that complacency is a steep and slippery slope. Last year was a milestone, the big 50. It wasn’t a difficult birthday, but it did start me thinking about who I am and how I want to be viewed, and more importantly how I want to view myself. That inner dialogue combined with a serendipitous post from Jenn had me purchasing a voucher at the end of 2018 for a photo shoot in 2019. I wanted to have the experience of seeing myself through the lens of Jenn’s camera.
In typical Tabatha fashion, I planned on waiting until later in the year so that I could lose some fluff and tone the rest… but then one of my sweet pups (Halo the Pomeranian) was diagnosed with cancer, and I realized that I spend a great deal of my life waiting for the right time. The right time is now.
We aren’t guaranteed any more time than the moment we are currently enjoying. This year for me, and the lesson I am learning from my little pup, is all about living in the moment and enjoying where I am.
I went into the initial consultation with a great deal of trepidation, again this experience was a stretch for me. I was soon excited by what Jenn and I talked about and I loved that I could “play dress up” in Jenn’s extensive closet. It is evident by the selections Jenn has that she celebrates a woman’s form in all shapes and sizes.
Jenn’s closet let me see myself in a sexier, sassier way and makes me want to freshen up my normal look. I also want to Thank Jenn for adding my mom to the shoot when she came to town unexpectedly for a family event. The last time my mom and I had professional pictures taken together was when I was an infant…so we were overdue.
I loved the whole experience of working with Jenn and the team she collaborates with. Theresa did a great job on my makeup and taught me a few quick tips that I have actually been using. Whitney loved on my girls and as a fellow groomer nitpicked Peekaboo’s (the poodle) grooming, making sure that her ears were laying nicely and that her coat didn’t look crushed from handling. I really appreciated that my girls were in good hands while I got my makeover and loved hearing the delighted laughter from Jenn and Whitney as they “played” with my girls. My puppers went home and slept for hours after all the fun they had.
The only part of the experience I didn’t like was the wait until the reveal…but the saying “good things come to those who wait” is an understatement when it comes to Jenn’s art. I still can’t believe the same lady in the pictures is the one who looks back at me in the mirror. I am realizing, as I share my photos with friends, that I want to see that lady more. (Theresa, I will be calling you for those lessons!)
Thank you, Jenn, for your vision, your passion, your talent, your compassion, your empathy, and your understanding. You listened to me, quieted my self-doubt and helped me realize that I am beautiful. Thank you too, for creating memories I can lean on when it comes time to say good-bye. You have blessed my life and I am grateful.” ~Tabatha