We here at SuperFastDiet are firm believers in recognising and commemorating your incredible weight loss transformation! The journey truly takes hard work and dedication and is extremely deserving of a memorable celebration. What better way than to treat yourself to a gorgeous transformation portrait shoot? You will never feel more confident and gorgeous.
We sat down with the lovely Simona Janek, Hair and Make-Up Artist and Portrait Photographer to discuss her transformation packages, what they entail and how the simple, yet powerful art of hair, makeup and styling (and some gorgeous photos to take home) can help tenfold with your post-weightloss transformation confidence.
What is included in your transformation portrait package?
My package includes a phone or in-person style planning session. This is an informal chat where I find out your style, how you like to dress, and an idea of how you would like to be photographed. Do you love light and bright photos or something a little more moody? Maybe black and white photos? Is your style boho, classic, vintage, glamourous or sporty? It is really great to know before the shoot, so we are on a similar page in terms of what the shoot will focus on. This chat allows me to help both you and myself work out what to bring to the shoot!
On the day of the photoshoot, we start off with a relaxing hair and makeup session, during which I am happy to share with you products I love, as well as plenty of handy tips and tricks I have picked up over the 20 years of being a freelance hair and makeup artist.
Next, we select three or four of your favourite outfits for you to be photographed in. As we change outfits, we can also change the makeup and hair too, to suit the mood! During the photoshoot, I help you find the best and most comfortable ways to stand or sit, which is so crucial to how the photographs turn out. Part of my job is to guide you through, helping assist you in knowing how to move in front of the camera, ensuring it is fun and easy for you! I simply demonstrate positions that would suit you best, helping to adjust your body to show off how gorgeous and confident you are looking.
After the shoot, we organise a time about a week or so later that suits you that allows you to come back, have a champagne and a viewing session of the gorgeous images from the shoot. As we view, I help you select the best photos for you to keep, with the option of designing a fabulous album. What you purchase is absolutely up to you. There is no hard sell! I offer matted prints, leather-bound albums, portrait boxes, acrylic blocks and wall prints. Something for everyone!
The photoshoot with hair and makeup is $295. Prints start from $195. My studio is located in Leichhardt in Sydney’s Inner West, being just a short bus ride from the Sydney CBD.
How do you help your clients feel comfortable in front of the camera?
I am a very relaxed person, which really transfers into a relaxed vibe in the studio. I always play music and I encourage my client to play their favourite playlist too to make them feel extra comfortable. Throughout the photo shoot, we chat and have lots of laughs. This really helps to take their mind off the fact that they are being photographed. It is a situation completely aimed at making you feel your best and comfortable in yourself.
I think one of the main points is also how helpful I am in the visual, always showing you how to move your body, with clear and simple directions. Questions are always encouraged!
How do you think hair, makeup, and styling helps with confidence post-transformation?
Every woman knows that a bit of makeup and a good hair day can make you feel a million dollars! I love to help women throughout their hair & makeup session and shoot with tips and tricks to take away with them when it comes to doing their own hair and makeup. A new trick can make a world of difference. There have been plenty of ‘aha’ moments when chatting to clients whilst they’re sitting in their makeup chair when I explain and show how to do something a little differently, such as how to best apply eyeliner to enhance eye shape.
When someone has had a full transformation with weight loss, the openness to learning new ways to wear their hair and makeup, and of course how to style themselves is always common. It really is so much fun, empowering, and really adds to the self-love and self-confidence they have in themselves going forward with their newfound health and look! We all feel more confident when we feel great in our skin.
Why do you love doing what you do?
What I truly love the most about doing what I do is seeing these gorgeous women’s confidence rise up throughout the session. So often these ladies come in not liking to be photographed and feeling nervous and uncomfortable and taking them through this experience, they come out the other end feeling completely themselves and so empowered! Then the real reward is when they see their photos and absolutely love them. So many say things like, “Wow, I didn’t think I could look like this!”
My combined love for hair and makeup and the transformations you can create, combined with taking beautiful portraits and making women feel great is why I am so passionate about what I do.
I really think every woman should have this experience at least once in their life. Of course, you can also bring your loved ones, like your daughter or partner along to join you in some of the portraits. I always say to book dinner or drinks after, as you will be looking and feeling amazing!
If you would like more information or are interested, Simona can share the price list or tailor a package just for you!
You can get in touch with the lovely Simona via:
Mobile: 0414 525 027
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