When I broke the big news to my mom over the telephone, I could almost hear her enormous smile through the line.
“Seriously? “Oh wow, that sounds amazing… I can’t wait,” she said.
“Now, what am I going to wear…?”
Fast-forward to a month later, our special day had finally arrived.
Without a lick of makeup and my hair in an unruly top-knot, it was go-time.
We packed the car with some gorgeous pieces we both found at Vanilla Clothing and headed for the open road.
These two Valley Momma’s were big-city bound.
During our drive, my mind was focused on what we were about to do — the Ultimate Mother-Daughter Glam Photo Session with phoTobin Photography.
I had the pleasure of being photographed and completely made-over by this dynamic husband and wife team a few years ago. It was such an amazing, life-changing experience that I decided to do it again –this time I would bring my mom along.
My mother’s last professional photos were taken at my wedding 10 years ago. There were also the super awkward family photos at Sears with the tacky backgrounds and contrived poses.
Blast to the Past
“This is going to be so much fun, I can’t believe I’m actually doing this,” said my mom.
“Mom, I thought I told you that you’re not supposed to wear any makeup?”
“I’m not luv,” she laughed.
You see, my mom is 56, but she is often mistaken as being my sister. She’s a strikingly beautiful women who turns a lot of heads when we’re out. However, she has a tough time when she looks in the mirror or sees a photograph of herself.
“I hope they can fix this, make this smaller or Photoshop that right out… oh, and I hope I don’t have to smile,” she said numerous times leading up to the big day.
“Oh you’re going to smile,” I thought to myself.
“Especially when you see the finished results. You’re FINALLY going to see what we all see.”
The minute we walked into their beautiful natural light studio on Scotia Street in Vancouver, we were warmly greeted by Sarah and Tobin.
First, we chatted with them about how we wanted to be photographed and then went through the rolling rack of clothes we brought to choose the perfect outfits for the shoot.
“Did we bring too much?” laughed my mom.
“There is no such thing as over-packing for your session since who knows what mood might strike once you’re here,” said Sarah.
Next, it was time to be whisked into the chair for hair and makeup. Warning: I look like one frazzled Valley mom.
The Before Photos
My mom is always taking care of everyone, except for herself, which is why it was so nice to watch her be primped and pampered for once.
“Okay, you’re done. Go take a peek in the mirror,” instructed Sarah.
The transformation left us both speechless. I may have even got a little teary- eyed.
Neither my mom nor I are exactly comfortable being in front a camera, but Tobin was skilled at sculpting us into beautiful figure-flattering poses. Sarah also stood by to keep an eye on all the little details of our hair, makeup and clothing.
Just the Two of Us
When it came to the big revealing session to view our photos, I was completely blown away… speechless, really.
In fact, I had to keep a stoic face to fight the big fat tears from rolling down my cheek. As I glanced over at my mom who was sitting next to me, I could see she was also in the same state.
“I don’t know what to say,” she stammered, biting her lower lip.
She didn’t have to say anything at all — I knew she finally saw what I’ve seen my whole life.
I’ll never forget this incredible experience and am so glad I was able to share it with my mom.
Now if it’s true what they say that a photo is worth a thousand words, this video is worth about a gazillion.
ValleyMom.ca is thrilled to partner with phoTobin Photography to give away the Ultimate Mother-Daughter Glam Session — a prize valued at approx. $1,175.
Here is what one lucky winner and their mother/daughter or whomever they’d like to bring along will experience:
– Hair styling and makeup
– 5 prints (with digital images)
– PLUS $60 towards any additional portraits
10 Runner Up Prizes
* Didn’t win the grand prize? That’s okay! phoTobin Photography would also like to give away 10 gift certificates to 10 ValleyMom.ca fans for $250 (this includes the session – $190 – and $60 towards portraits).