2nd October 2019
Why I want to empower women to be more self-confident – A personal story from Ginny Marsh
I was recently set a challenge to write down my WHY in my business – why I do what I do. Why I feel so passionately about empowering women to be more self-confident.
I want to empower women to be happy with their appearance and feel more confident in front of the camera. I realised it’s something I haven’t properly shared with you!
So here’s my story… you might be surprised!
It all started at a very young age…
At the age of 6, I was called a ‘fat cow’…
I’ve always loved any excuse to get dressed up… at nursery school, you’d find me in the dressing up box pretending to be a princess.
At the age of 6, I was called a ‘fat cow’ by a much older girl in my gym class, which stuck with me. From then on I always assumed I was fat. Growing up, I was always slightly overweight, and I’ve had weight issues on and off, most of my life. By my late teens my weight had mostly evened out. I had a good figure, but I didn’t see it. I only saw the bits I didn’t like.
Growing up, I was always really shy and unconfident.
At school, I constantly compared myself to my friends who were thinner than me. I used to copy what my friends were wearing because I had no sense of my own style or what suited me. I was bullied and believed any negative comments about my weight and appearance.
Bad school photos made me think I was unphotogenic and I became really self-critical.
I used to hate having my photo taken, and I used to run away and hide when my parents tried to record family videos. I just hated how I looked and was scared of what others thought when I was completely myself. It was probably due to an early memory of being laughed at (maybe not even in a nasty way) for how I looked or acted in front of the camera, but I don’t remember.
The start of my confidence-boosting portrait shoots…
At college in 2007, I became very interested in body image. I wrote a dissertation on how women are portrayed in the media, and how it’s related to many eating disorders in young people. I started to take photos of my friends and family, and that was the start of my confidence-boosting portraits. When I realised how I could help women feel good about their appearance, with the power of hair and makeup, styling, and retouching, I loved it!
Then, when I started working for another photographer, I had a makeover photoshoot. It was the first time I’d felt good about being photographed and seeing myself in photos. I then booked a Boudoir shoot with another photographer I admired, and I was hooked.
But it was a long journey to being more self confident…
It has taken me quite a few years to feel comfortable in front of the camera and less self-critical. I’ve now had over 10 photoshoots and luckily, it gets easier every time (it’s handy knowing plenty of photographers!).
Practice makes perfect!
Now I’m on a mission to prove to others that practice does make it easier and they CAN look as good as they dream of. Because now I like having my photo taken and like most photos of myself ????
And funnily enough, the photos I once hated, I now don’t mind. I think it’s because my mindset and the way I feel about myself has changed.
I’m on my own journey of self-discovery and love to read self-help books. I love motivational quotes, positivity and female empowerment, and I’m constantly trying to improve the experience I give my clients. Because it’s all about the experience, not just the photoshoot or final product.
Self-love starts from within. There’s no point in thinking “I’ll be happy when… I lose 10lb/I get more toned/I get cosmetic surgery”. You’ve got to learn to love yourself as you are, no matter what age, shape or size.
What’s the secret?
You can definitely learn to love yourself, feel more self-confident and like having your photo taken.
You might find these other blogs I’ve written useful:
Please get in touch and I’d love to give you some practical tips to help you on your journey!
Thanks so much for reading 🙂
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