This story actually begins many
eons months ago. We’re talking like summertime of 2011. But, sit tight and the reason it’s being told 6 months later will make sense…
So last summer I had friends of mine raving about a little clothing store and I kept hearing more and more about it. I finally started following this little boutique on Facebook. They would post such cute things and I would admire them from a distance.
Being a mother of 5, with only one income coming into this home – I rarely have money for me. When I do have money for me I usually spend it on scrapbook or craft stuff. I do this for a few reasons:
* I enjoy working with my hands and I feel ‘free’ when I am doing something crafty.
* Scrapbook supplies costs much less than clothing – I get more bang for my buck!
* Scrapbook supplies can be used so many ways…
* I tend to shop at Kohl’s and not really anywhere else for clothes
* Shopping for clothes is depressing
Anyway, so I was following the boutique for a few months, had never stepped inside their doors and just kept admiring things from a distance. Towards the end of August they announced that they were looking for models for that year.
I read it and thought, “Oh, that would be fun – but I’d never be chosen.” So I let it go. Then, the day before the deadline, on much of a whim – I decided to send a few pictures in. These are the pictures I sent:
— This one was the best picture I had of a full body shot —
Fast forward to the night of September 6, 2011 (I only remember the day because it was the day before I heard of my Grandma’s passing) – I am checking my email and see an email from an unknown name with the subject: CONGRATULATIONS…. It didn’t get sent to my junk mail, so I decided to open it and see what it was all about.
I was floored. I had totally written the whole thing off and had convinced myself I would DEFINITELY not be chosen. We’ve discussed before that my self-esteem isn’t great. It never has been. I am overweight and don’t feel beautiful, so the fact that I was chosen really shocked me.
I found the hairstyle I wanted and Jobi got it perfectly. She also spent time explaining what she was doing and I was taking every mental note I could so that I could replicate the style when it came time for it.
In the meantime it was discovered that another friend of mine, Catey, had been chosen to be another model. So we decided to go to our ‘mandatory meeting’ together. The meeting was short and sweet and just told us what to expect and we signed up for a time for the photo shoot. Because there was 2 slots open for each time frame – Catey and I went together.
Here’s me in my first (and possibly last) ever photo shoot:
And here’s the video:
All in all I am so thankful for this experience and for what it did for me. The guy who chose the photos (Jason) will probably never know what he did for me in that short period of time, but I will always remember it.