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As 2017 came to an end, I realised that I really wanted to collect an inspirational series of stories to start 2018 off to a positive BANG!
Every week at Johanna Elizabeth, I am touched at the emotional stories…many of which can be seen in my portrait page reviews and our boudoir page reviews!

So, the ‘Love You Challenge’ was created.
I find out why these unique people, applied and how their journey with us…really made a difference.

Only intended to last a few weeks, I got such a phenomenal response… that I am still shooting these amazing men and women!

Read all about Carla!


Before my shoot day, I felt apprehensive – have I really been picked to do this, is it going to go alright, will I feel comfortable enough to even have my picture taken professionally & will I like them, as I don’t like many photos of myself…..

On the day of my shoot I was excited & a little nauseous from all the nerves, but my female photographer Katie & Claire my hair, make up artist & light disc-thingy holder-upper 😀 made me feel so welcome & comfortable from the second I walked in.

It didn’t take too long for my nerves calm down, I had such a great time in the studio, the different concepts, looks & pictures that we created together was such an interesting & fun experience, it all felt like a dream, really! I didn’t want it to end! 😀


On the day of my reveal session, I felt excited but once again nervous (there’s a pattern forming here lol) as I don’t like my photo being taken or like that many photos of me…..so how awful am I going to feel if I don’t like my photos.

However, once again the ladies did it again…..I had no reason to worry, as my reveal session was so wonderful. When I walked into the room to see all of my photos beautifully displayed, I couldn’t believe they were ALL of me!

“That’s not ME, is it!?” My head said, then I said…..I was taken aback…I/the pictures looked beautiful, enchanting, sweet, sexy, fun, cheeky. I was so impressed that they’d not only been able to make me look & genuinely feel beautiful, brave & empowered, but they’d also managed to capture parts of my personality in the photos, which I myself, but also my family & friends have said that they can see & that was totally unexpected!


When I first entered the “Love You” Challenge, I was in a pretty bad place, I’d had to leave my job as a Support Worker in mental health for a variety of reasons, my marriage/relationship of 12 years had totally broken down, so I was going through the divorce proceedings, my physical health was deteriorating & I was trying so hard to keep building strength on my mental health, which had suffered a fair bit due to everything.
It was my mum that talked me into putting myself forward – you can always count on your mum – & before I knew it I had a consultation booked in!

Since the whole experience, I can feel that I am starting to see myself differently, I genuinely feel like you’ve helped show me that I am my own kind of beautiful, that I am brave & strong, that I should believe that & remember it everyday!

So I did it! I really did the “Love You” Challenge, I pushed myself way out of my comfort zones, took a leap of faith, with some good old fashioned mum’s advice & a big breath & I set up the foundations upon which to help me find, love & accept myself for who I am, inside & out!

None of this would’ve been possible with out the warmth, understanding & support that I was given by everyone at Johanna Elizabeth, although it helps that they’re also exceptionally talented & from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all so very much!
Much love & kindness,
Carlene xox

Follow me as even more ‘Love You Challenge’ stories unfold here at Johanna Elizabeth…

If you’d like to feel the way that Carla does now – contact me and my team here and let’s get you on your own journey!
Love Jo

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