New Year, New You? What’s Wrong With the Old You?

“Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.”  Stacy London

So, it’s January – the time of year when we make all those ridiculous resolutions, mostly revolving around the avoidance of food, the adoption of punishing exercise regimes and other activities designed to make us feel bad if we fail. If you’re a woman and have decided that you’ve had enough of the old you and are going to diet yourself into oblivion, I have a suggestion – don’t.

Towards the end of last year I gave a talk to a group of women, entitled “Women, Photography & Self-Esteem.” This was based on the one thing that women have always said to me in the 17 years that I’ve been a photographer – “I hate having my photograph taken.” It’s not easy to convince them that being photographed can be a positive and uplifting experience and can also change the way they see themselves.

I’m all for eating well and exercising as part of a healthy lifestyle; after all, we only have one body and we should take care of it so it lasts as long as possible: but we should also value it for what it is and not compare ourselves to others in a fruitless quest for a perfection that doesn’t exist.

If you are sceptical about the power of photography to change the way you see yourself, then why not do something different this year and book a couture portrait or boudoir session as a gift to you? It’s great fun, inspiring and you get to see yourself through my lens.

Have a browse through the website to find out more and contact me for more details or to have an informal chat on 01483 571119 or at


portrait and boudoir photographer guildford

Styling – Kirstie Smillie

Hair and makeup – Hanna Wildman





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