We at times can be our own worst critic. Unfairly hard on ourselves. Never satisfied. Never enough. Waiting and hoping that maybe one day we will be. Little do we realize that we are.

Your body is beautiful. Your mind is awe inspiring. Your perfectly imperfect self is exactly what the world needs.

Alyson Smith has spent her life engulfed by her own insecurities. It has only been recently that she has begun to step outside of a self-defeating bubble to see herself the way she deserves to be seen. Alyson has a strong spirit, giving heart, and an inspiring drive for self care. In lue of only recently embracing the true beauty that she is, Alyson decided that it was time to stop avoiding any and all photos of herself and time to take a deep breath and embrace her inner and outward beauty. Alyson took the initiative to have her own self empowerment, women empowerment photography session. 

It is not about capturing the picture but capturing the moment. Real Moments Captured. ~Kim (Founder | Lead Woman Empowerment Portrait Photographer | Kimberly Hatch Photography | The Mill At Crane Pond Westfield, MA photo studio | Western Mass.)

Alyson's Women Empowerment Portrait Photo Photography Session

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"I wanted to have a photoshoot. Just like that, this thought arrived. I had been looking at professional photoshoots from women in business. Amazed at the subtle beauty and artistry. I pushed these thoughts away, I couldn’t have a photoshoot right now. I caught myself thinking that photoshoots were only for special occasions like engagements or weddings. Photoshoots are only for milestones, not the weird awkward, in between phases of life. Photoshoots were only for special people, the wealthy people, models, or this person or that person. But I still had the desire for a photoshoot. The idea wouldn’t go away. I was tired of being behind the camera and I wanted to be seen right now, as I am. That is the idea of self acceptance and self love. Loving what is. What if my body never changes? What if this is me and I just keep going through life rejecting what is? I will love myself when….. During covid I gained weight, I was my highest weight I had ever been. I caught myself saying oh I will get a photoshoot when I have lost the weight, when I have this or that. That could be months from now and why not me? Why not right now? What if a photoshoot didn’t have to mean you were vane or have anything to do with vanity. What if it was just for fun and just because.

I wanted to do a self care empowerment photoshoot. A photoshoot where I felt like a model, this idea of everyday models. All women at all stages are beautiful, what if everyone is a model. Flip the script, love myself right where I was. It was time to drop all the old programming. It was time to step up and claim myself. When I was younger I was behind the camera, capturing the moments at family parties that I didn’t want to be forgotten. The camera was my shield. It was what I was doing. I had a job at family parties, my job was taking pictures. I would go through and delete photos of myself that I didn’t like. Only “perfect” photos of me could exist. After these early teen years of being obsessed with taking photos, I got acne at age 17 and battled to get rid of it and all its imperfections for 10 years. It was the kind of ance where I could not even touch my own face. My skin hurt. I loathed my skin and my face.

Now I am 33 years old, I don’t have any photos of myself that I love. I don’t even know what I really look like from someone else’s lens, at this point. The idea for the photoshoot returned. Slowly creeping back month after month. Okay what if I did want to do this photoshoot. So I found a local photographer who owned her own business. Kim Hatch came highly recommended by many people in the area. I love to support small local businesses. I reached out and we clicked. I pitched her my crazy idea: “ I want to do this photoshoot of myself right now, I want to be all that I am right now. A beautiful woman, a Goddess, I want to pretend for one moment that I am super model.” Kim took my idea and rolled with it. Kim supported me in my vision, she gave me advice and feedback to make my dream happen. Kim is one of those special people that can visualize and dream with you. Run with an idea. I instantly trusted her.

Kim was exactly what I needed, she gave me the confidence to go through with her idea. I loved her professionalism. I trusted her expertise, you could feel her confidence. It emanates off of her. It is an energy, a vibe. I felt safe to do this. I got more and more excited. I picked up a simple black dress, I collected some props from the house, I got my hair done, I did my make up, super simple. The day came together. We utilized a local area with nature, trees, water, and grass. Kim really knows how to set up a frame and take an amazing picture. Kim makes you feel like you are a beautiful canvas, the most beautiful thing in that moment. Kim makes you feel seen. She is more than just a photographer. Kim is an artist. Kim is a director. She is telling a story. I loved the guidance she would offer. She would tell you where to look, how to position yourself. I felt like a model. I was just enjoying the moment. It was so fun. I just allowed myself the moment. It was so fun, it was the most fun of my 30’s. I highly recommend it if you have not captured yourself, right here and right now. I hope you start to dream and consider this. These photos are not for anyone else, these photos are for me. They are mine. Capturing me in a moment in time, where I flip this script and fall in love with myself.

If you feel excited by this, it is your time, if you are attracted to this, it is possible this is also meant for you.

Step up and own yourself, in all your wild beautiful. Kim was able to capture all the aspects of me as a woman: beautiful, cute, queen, goddess, pretty, sensual, and as women we are all of these things. You are the whole and complete package. You are beautiful just because you are, beauty is you, it is your vibe, your energy.

I recommend Kim Hatch, she was born to orchestrate this photoshoot. It is her zone of genius. Her photos tell a story." ~Alyson Smith


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