Last weekend I had the opportunity to step in front of the camera lens for the first time this year. It may not sound like much but to me it meant everything. A year and a half ago I decided that I would embark on a journey to becoming a plus size model and I came straight out the gate with a vengeance. That first year brought what I deemed to be great success for someone who had little to no experience but an extreme amount of persistence and determination.
During my first year as an aspiring plus size model, I was able to land two magazine features and also placed as one of the Top 5 Finalists in Ashley Stewart’s and Plus Model Magazine’s Plus Model Search Competition. To me, this was all surreal. Not to mention the fact that one of my photos was featured on Tyra Banks Instagram Page. Having no true experience as a plus size model, to me this was nothing short of amazing.
It was these experiences that fueled my desire and commitment to my dream of becoming a plus model.
Life set it in. Although I continued to take pictures and attend casting calls I was met with continued rejection.
Rejection is tough but I’d faced it so many times before that it didn’t take too much of a toll on me. But I did begin to reevaluate and I started to think that maybe the pursuit of plus model dreams was simply a dream that wasn’t meant for me to fulfill.
So I continued to work my full time job but the photography sessions became few and far between. The few photography sessions I did have were not as successful as the ones I had prior. Somehow it seemed that I had lost my photography mojo.
Photography sessions failed to the yield results that I believed were demonstrative of my skill level as an aspiring plus model. And then with no warning at all, came the pink slip from my full time job. It seemed that NO had become everyone’s new favorite word for me.
With less money to pay for photography sessions and the need to find full time work, my plus model dreams drifted by the wayside and I told myself that maybe I just needed a short break and I’d get started once everything started working out for me again.
Fast forward to nearly one year later and for the first time in nearly a year I have stepped in front of a camera lens as an aspiring plus model. I’ll admit that I had started to push aside my plus model dreams and work solely on my business venture. But on August 01, 2015, I was given the opportunity to work with Sederiya Thompson Photography. I have worked with Sederiya Thompson Photography in the past and am always impressed at the skill and talent possessed by the photographer Sederiya Thompson.
Sederiya Thompson Photography was actually where I got my start with my plus model aspirations. Because of Sederiya’s encouragement and willingness to allow me in front of her camera lens I was able to recognize that a future in the plus model industry might possibly exist for me.
If you ever have the opportunity to work with Sederiya you will not be disappointed. Sederiya goes above and beyond to ensure that each model looks and feels her absolute best. She has a keen eye for fashion and style and loves to take photos that are unexpected.
Sederiya has been in the photography business for well over ten years and knows exactly how to bring out the true beauty in each of her clients. She is an experienced photographer when it comes to working with plus size models and through her work she personifies the “There Is No Wrong Way To Be Beautiful” Body Positive Movement.
Sederiya has the ability to take what society may view as flaws and make the most imperfect imperfections… Perfect. From the moment you begin working with her you are quickly provided with the assurance that greatness is already within you and her work as a photographer is simply to demonstrate the beauty that is on the inside of you.
Through my work with Sederiya Thompson Photography, I was able to embark upon the journey that is Toya Tenice. Her passion is to use her photography to showcase each client’s inner beauty. The motto of her business is “Capturing Beauty.” And that is exactly what she does.
With her camera lens Sederiya is able to capture the beauty that is not often fully embraced or expressed. With Sederiya Thompson Photography each experience is different, each photo demonstrating more boldy than the last the epitome of beauty in every woman. The true talent of Sederiya Thompson Photography, lies in her ability to take any woman and make her believe in the power of her own beauty. And not solely physical beauty. But the beauty that lies within each one of us. The parts of us that is not experienced on an everyday basis. A session with Sederiya Thompson photography, leaves you poised with self-confidence you didn’t initially arrive with and transformed into the most beautiful version of yourself. Sederiya understands that we all have flaws but uses her photography to showcase those flaws in the most radiant light and remind us all, “There Is No Wrong Way To Be Beautiful.”
Thank you Sederiya for all that you do but most importantly for being who you are no apologies, no excuses simply unabashedly you.