Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

Have you ever done a photoshoot? The ones by yourself, where you get the experience – with hair and make up – really cheap or as a gift and then you have to pay an extortionate amount for the photos? Well, I did one of those photoshoots before I had children, a couple of years before I think.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

I had my hair and makeup done and absolutely loved it – I felt amazing but the makeup was caked on and my hair was covered in hair spray. It wasn’t exactly natural but it was great for the photos.

I had a few outfits, ones I felt good in. I was shown between different rooms with a photographer and had time for outfit changes in between. To be honest, I felt so uncomfortable posing for these photos, it was so not me at all. But I did it, and looking back I am so glad that I did.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

Looking at these photos now – seven or eight years after they were taken – I am heavier than I have been in a long time. But I look so happy – and I love how I look in the photos – I look good.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

Now, I could never pay the amount I did for these photos. They weren’t something I did all the time. They were a one off, a life experience and something I am so glad I spent the money to do.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

At the end of the photoshoot I put on my favourite red dress and relaxed on the nicest couch. They took the last photos of me and then we went and looked through all the images in a little lounge area.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

They had made a few images into arty pieces and one of them was of me in that red dress, sitting on the sofa with the addition of fairy wings. It’s a photo that I loved – so fun and just a lovely photo of me. It’s a photo I framed and had on the wall – but one that has now been put in the loft, along with so many other frames and canvases that no longer have a place on the walls.

Reminiscing: A Solo Photoshoot

These photos have captured me before children. Young, happy and with so much to look forward to. I have so many photo since having kids – that all capture an amazing happiness and a young family full of dreams. But it’s nice to have photos of the time before, photos that capture so much – the years before children came along.

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I love this post – you really do look so happy and relaxed and the one where they’ve added wings is awesome! I think that one needs to come out of the loft and go back on the wall 🙂 x x

  2. You do look fabulous. I’ve never done this, I don’t like having my photo taken. Mainly because I look a Wally in front of the camera. They are certainly great photos to look back at.

  3. Love this! I did one of this shoots when I was about 19 (I look a bit different in those pics) I then did another one with a friend when my kids were really little (I won a competition). Our sales man got all shirty when my friend and I only bought two images each and stuck to our guns. He was adamant the images were deleted once he hit the ‘x’. I actually complained as he was so rude but heard nothing back unsurprisingly. Anyway a couple of months later I get a phonecall – this company was changing their computer systems and would I like all my photos on disk for £100. Excuse me but I thought our images were deleted!? I also explained how we were treated and they spoke to their manager and I got all our photos (and there was a lot) for £60!!! I’ve subsequently had a shoot with my daughter as a Mother’s Day pressie last year – it was so sweet!
    Great post – got me reminiscing too! Love it – your photos are beautiful! ????Xxx

  4. Aww I love all of these. You look amazing. You’re so beautiful Donna. I’m glad you had these done xxx

  5. You do look really happy here. I’ve done one in the past as well, probably about 13-14 years ago in London. When they were all doing your ‘you’ve won a photoshoot’ and then get stung with the prices offers. I agree it was worth doing though – I think I chose 3 photos so didn’t go mad, but they were really great. I don’t know where the 3rd photo went though – should really find them and scan them in.

    The make up was scary though – i’ve worn stage make up in the past and this was worse. I went off afterwards during a break to meet a friend and totally forgot I had it on until I went back again afterwards to check out the photos. Wonder what everyone seeing me thought!

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