Body Confidence, Part 1

Today, I want let you in on my own personal self growth issue of the moment. You may already know that this year, I've chosen "Love Your Self" as the mantra for my coaching business. As so often happens when you own your own business, this mantra is spilling right over into my personal life like a waterfall!

As a result, I have decided that body confidence in all its forms is my personal growth Holy Grail for this year. From fitness and strength to confidence in front of the camera, body confidence is an important area to me that I am actively pursuing and determined to master.
Case in point: Today, I'm on my way to a photoshoot with my friend and networking buddy, Amy Rader of Amy Rader Photography in Falmouth. (Yes, I actually wrote this while on my way. As in driving. And using the cool Jane Jetson speaker function of my smart phone to convert my words to text in Evernote. Gotta love technology sometimes!) Anyway...Amy is a seasoned Cape Cod portrait photographer who is gearing up to offer her new glamour photoshoot service. In keeping with my quest for body confidence, especially in front of the camera, I volunteered to be one of Amy's first test clients for this new service.
I have to tell you that while I was preparing for this photo shoot this morning, I seriously felt like I was going on a blind date! A song called, "First Date" from I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!, a show I choreographed in 2011 played in my head as I shaved my legs and packed up my hairspray, tools and makeup into a big bag. Frantically, I grabbed as many items as I could think of to make my Self look glamorous... I also hoped that Amy would know how to calm my excited nerves...
Another thing I have to tell you is that packing my clothes for this shoot was kind of complicated... I mean, do I bring lingerie or dresses? Jeans or fishnets? Oh crap, I forgot to bring my fishnets!... Well, I did call Amy earlier to ask whether I needed to bring my strappy heels. She said no, no feet are involved. But do bring jewelry, scarves and other stuff like that.
OMG, I packed a bag the size of my 12 year old. Have you seen my 12 year old lately?? She is over 5 foot 4 inches right now. If I folded her up, she would fit into the bag that I stuffed FULL of clothes and accessories. I had to pack a separate bag for makeup, hairbrushes, power tools and jewelry. I even found a hat to bring with me. And some coffee. (Coffee was not a good idea. Made for multiple trips to the bathroom. Note to Self, coffee is not recommended for glamour shoots...)

So, with my bags packed, I stuffed everything into my car and headed to Falmouth. It seemed like a very long drive! (It's not.) (It takes about 20 minutes.) When I was almost there, I could hardly stand the suspense anymore! All I could think of was, what will I look like? Will the glamorous me look all that different from the real me? (In other words, will Glam Pam look as geeky in photos as regular Pam??...) Is the real me really the glamorous me, and vice versa??...

 

Stay tuned...