Updated: Oct 1, 2018
Three years ago, my friend Stephanie grabbed her professional camera, met me at a beautiful location and took some amazing head shots of me for my portfolio and LinkedIn. At the time, I had just been laid off from my job in Manhattan and was living back home with my parents. Needless to say I wasn't feeling great about myself or the trajectory of my life at that point. I felt pretty down that day, but I mustered up a smile, did my own hair and make up, and picked out a few of my favorite outfits. As soon as I saw the amazing photographs that Stephanie took, I immediately got some confidence back. Not too long after, I landed a job in Rockville and began the process of getting back on my feet.
After our session, Stephanie had a revelation of her own. She decided that she was going to become her own boss, specialize in women's portraits and open a studio of her own.
Fast forward to today and I found myself, yet again, behind Stephanie's camera and talking about the next chapter in life for both of us. Since our first session together, she launched her own business, SR Studio, and opened a location with her friend, Breia. They now have a beautiful studio location behind the Inn at Boonsboro where they specialize in hair, makeup and photography. They have created such a warm and inviting atmosphere to make women of all ages and sizes feel comfortable to get in front of the camera.
Me, on the other hand, I had just started an even newer job working for a marketing and public relations firm in D.C. My mom and I decided to get portraits done together and I wanted to see Stephanie's business model and help with promotion in any way that I could.
After the entire process with them, I was inspired and had a crazy idea that would be beneficial for us both. I told Stephanie that I had been thinking of launching my own personal website as a creative outlet for myself, where I could blog about my life and things that inspired me, but that I also wanted the platform to have a bigger purpose too.
That's when we came up with the idea for the "Curves Ahead" project. We would showcase amazing styles, fashions, inspirations and life stories of plus size women around the Maryland area. With so much girl power going on in the world today, especially in fashion and body activism, we wanted to be apart of it even in just a small way. So we began devising a plan to create a supportive community of women right here in our own backyard. We want to learn from them and give them an outlet to feel like their voice is being heard too.
In the process of doing model calls and shoots, our ideas and creativity has grown. We have had amazing influencers and brands get behind us on our project. There is no stopping of where this thing could go.
This website is a true labor of love for me and work in progress, but we are so excited for the following it has already received and can't wait to share more in the coming months. I hope that you'll continue to check back here and stay tuned as we continue to unveil our curvy girl hearts.