We wanted to share with all you Vavoom-ers a letter we received from a client we just shot with last month. She wrote Heather (owner and photographer of Vavoom) an email about what the shoot had done for her and we wanted to share that with you all. We love you Elizabeth, you are gorgeous inside and out!
--- we got her permission to publish the letter she wrote us below.... it brought tears to our EYES! ----
"Morning Heather! I don’t think I will ever be able to explain to you how grateful I am for what you did for me yesterday, so I will try to make this short and to the point! When I walked out of your studio yesterday, I left behind 43 years of baggage. I told you on the phone before we met that my biggest fear was that I would not be able to look at my pictures and think I looked good. I didn’t look good, I looked simply beautiful!! I am being 100% honest, last night was the first time I ever looked at a picture of myself and thought I was truly beautiful. For a brief moment, part of me was a little sad as I thought about all the years and all the energy I have wasted beating myself up over how I look. But then I was filled with a sudden rush of excitement as I walked out your door with an entirely new sense of self-confidence and pure happiness. I am pretty sure you realize this already, but what you do is extremely special. Each woman that enters your studio enters it for a different personal reason, which means you have positively contributed to hundreds of women’s lives. In the grand scheme of things, life is such a short journey and you give women the strength and courage to go out there and kick some ass!! It’s not your amazing photographs that does this, it’s your true sincerity and genuine belief in each of us. Right there is what makes you and your photographs so special. I tear up just thinking about how beautiful I look….I think it will be a while before I can look at my pictures without crying…crying in a good way!!! I have a feeling this won’t be the last time our paths cross, but until they do, please know how very thankful I am. Enjoy your little Olive and don’t every stop doing what you love to do!"
After Elizabeth's letter we wanted her to be featured on our blog on our website and this is her follow up:
Meet Emily! She came in to Vavoom not knowing what to expect and she left her shoot feeling empowered and feeling amazing. Read about her Vavoom experience below!
Was your experience at Vavoom what you expected?
To be totally honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect at Vavoom, but from the time we stepped into the studio the experience was amazing! I have never felt so beautiful and comfortable with the staff and surroundings. Usually I’m the one that hides in the back of pictures and isn’t the first to post a selfie, so I was a little nervous about being the center of attention. But the hair, make up, and photographer made me feel so comfortable, I enjoyed every minute of it! I didn’t expect to feel so empowered after the shoot was over! I wanted to share my pictures with everyone, and as a plus sized fairly tattooed woman that’s very rare for me! I felt totally comfortable putting on a corset and strutting my stuff for the camera even with other people around.
What happened in the days and weeks after your shoot?
I told EVERYONE about Vavoom and the experience. I talked about how empowering it was, how beautiful I felt and how I knew I had never looked better. I found myself having SO much more confidence in my body and in myself. I can’t wait to put together a book for my fiancé and for myself - I know I will want to look back at the pictures too!
Do you think Vavoom changed you somehow? If so how?
Absolutely! I try to be body positive, but in this day in age, as a plus size woman, it can be hard. This photo shoot and experience has given me so much self-confidence and has made me feel so beautiful I can’t even explain. It has changed the way I look at myself and my body. I felt like I was able to be myself and that was perfect. I don’t have full model like hair, I have a curvy body and I don’t need touch ups to make myself skinnier or with fuller hair - I feel beautiful just the way I am!
Check out this weeks Vavoom Client of the Week, Charlie! She recently got married and above is her on her honeymoon in New Zealand with her hubby! She came in for a shoot before her wedding and you can read about her Vavoom experience below:
“I honestly didn’t know much of what I was getting myself in to when I made my appointment, but my experience at Vavoom was better than I expected! Everyone was professional, kind, considerate, and really talented. I didn’t know much of what I wanted going into my shoot, but that ended up being a non-issue. The ladies that helped me figured it all out and I just made final decisions. It was great, positive, and empowering.
I think I was reminded of the power of my femininity. I think we as modern successful, go get ‘em women are all too often chastised and encouraged to cover up our femininity. I came out of my shoot knowing that just isn’t true. I was reaffirmed in my belief that I can be girlie and smart and sexy and kind all at the same time.”