How I Felt About My Before & After

I am a portrait photographer who believes that you are worthy of feeling beautiful (because you are!). My greatest joy is finding the beauty in any woman and capturing it.

This was different.

This time, I chose MY photographer, and gave up ALL control. Did I mention I'm a control freak? I woke up early, exhausted from barely sleeping all night, got on the first flight to Oahu with no makeup and messy hair. Nervous. I remember feeling SO nervous. Anxious even.

Yes. I feel exactly the same as you ladies before coming in to my studio. Nervous. Self conscious. Unsure.

AND THEN IT WAS OVER. The photo shoot was surreal - a photographer dying over my photos, and a makeup artist that made me look like a million bucks!

But that's now what we're here to talk about.. When I first saw my before and after, I was floored. Is that really me? No way! I look like that?!?!?

This is why I take such pride and love in showing all my clients their images for the first time. It's like they're discovering this new person, and they can't believe it's the same person they see in the mirror every day.

I see myself in these photographs.... And I see a WOMAN. I'm not sure if I've ever actually felt like an actual woman. I've always thought of myself as a girl. I see strength, I see love, I see pride... I see ME.

I've dreamt of being photographed in my wedding dress for almost my whole life. I made my dreams come true with my photo shoot. I feel the most beautiful I've ever felt when I look at these. I'm proud of who I am. I have found my own beauty.. And I think it looks good on me ;)

Huge mahalos to Mapuana Reed and her team! It's almost time to schedule THIS year's portraits (with my new husband!!!) <3