“I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 (AMP)
Recently I had the opportunity to challenge my self-esteem. A friend of mine invited a group of Christian women entrepreneurs to collaborate on a photoshoot. It was partially to update our professional headshots and website photos as well as to celebrate each other.
This was a big challenge for me personally because despite the age of selfies, I am not a huge fan of taking pictures of myself, especially since I have put on about 25 pounds over the past 3 years. However, I decided to use this as an overcomering opportunity. So instead of running for the hills I decided to stand on Psalm 139:14 “I will give thanks and praise to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
I have been declaring this scripture alot since I made the decision to work on accepting who I am in Christ. Whatever my body size or life situation I am choosing to remember that I am everything that God’s word says that I am.
So…. armed with my scripture I pressed my way forward praying and asking God for wisdom every step of the way. From my garment selections, to make-up, hair and even my poses I asked the Lord to guide me. My goal for the shoot was to be pleased with myself and that’s exactly what happened.
I am soooo glad that I did it! Despite a few nerves in the beginning I ended up having a great time and when the photographer sent the sneek peak photos I was delighted to see how amazing everyone’s images turned out. Below are some of my favorites.
These first couple of photos are some fun shots of me. I chose a selection of garments that reflected how I really like to dress. I love my jeans and try to build alot around them. So I used these jeans that I recently bought from Forever 21 as my wardrobe foundation. I also love my pumps especially if they have a pop of color. Classic, pretty, mulitfunctional.
This jumpsuit was a bit of a wildcard so to speak for me. I love to sew them but until this one haven’t bought or made one for myself to wear (which is about to change). I got it at NY and Company on super clearance. I only paid like $12 for it and overall I like the fit.
This shoot also was an opportunity for our group to take some more professional photos for our websites. This was a staged photo of me consulting a client. The jumpsuit the model is wearing is one of my designs from my first collection. I plan to use this photo for my business website (coming soon!). As you can see I paired my same jeans with a white blazer, t-shirt and necklace. You can’t see my feet in this shot but I have on some blush colored pumps.
This final shot was one of a series of group photos we took at the end of everyone’s session. There were so many awesome ones that conveyed power and unity. This one is my favorite. I love the laughter and sense of sisterhood this one conveys.
I am so thankful for this opportunity and my biggest take away from this experience was that my decision to shift my mind set allowed me to see the glory of God manifest in me; instead of overfixating on things like body image. This caused me to really see myself and not my perceived imperfections. Hallelujah!
As always I pray this post was a blessing. Until next time!