Modeling. What a weird thing. I have NEVER been one to enjoy being on the receiving end of a camera….EVER. I have rarely ever had a picture taken of me that I look back and think, “Dang, what a great looking chick!” Even if I went into it feeling like a million bucks, having my hair and makeup done, wearing a favorite outfit, feeling like a champ, I rarely liked the results.
So what do I do? I start a boutique, on a budget. What does that mean? I don’t want to spring to buy a “plus size” mannequin. Not to mention, the idea is for you to get an idea of how the clothing fits on a lady of curves. Mannequins and hangers rarely do that justice. Being a thrifty and fairly skilled photographer, I figured why not? Why not put MYSELF in front of a camera under bright lights and show these pieces in their true glory?
I could tell you why not, but instead I will tell why I do and will continue to do this “modelling” thing. While I was collecting my gear, my sweet daughter (8 yrs old) approached me and told me that I was beautiful, even bare-faced. She told me that the name of my boutique was “Confidence Clothing” and that’s exactly what I should be…Confident. I melted inside about that. Then as I was putting the clothes on to model, I realized that many of the things I was photographing, I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen by the way they looked on the hanger, but looked AMAZING once filled in with body curves.
After a grueling couple of hours under the lights trying to find the right angles to highlight each piece, then tagging and stocking each piece, I realized that I already felt better about myself. I realized that this is a good thing for me personally. So my promise to you is this:
As long as the piece that I’m photographing fits me at least in part, I will show it on a body. When I can’t, I will have to do something different, but as long as I can, I will show you what it truly looks like! I have rolls. I have “fupa”. I have HUGE angry arms. I have wide calves and thick thighs. I am 50 shades of WHITE (and translucent) with horrible body skin. BUT, that doesn’t mean that clothes won’t look good on me. It means that these clothes have seen a real body and passed my personal test to be accepted.
Confidence Clothing is as much for me as it is for you. Together, my hope is that we both feel better about ourselves. I want to find cute, flattering clothes, and share them with gorgeous, adorable you.