The reinvention studio: Fall in love with yourself

 

Modern women are often totally focused on family, work and other obligations 24/7, leaving little or no time to tend to themselves. Self-love seems almost selfish, but, all too often, we women wake up after years (even decades) of spending all our waking hours caring for others – children, significant others, parents, colleagues, friends – only to realize that our sense of self, femininity and sex appeal are gone. Our makeup, hairstyle and wardrobe have remained untended to and unchanged for years.


We created The Reinvention Studio to help women visualize an exciting, new self.

 Our Reinvention Photography Process helps you to immediately see yourself in an exciting, new way and start to fall in love with yourself: body, mind and spirit.  

The Reinvention Photography Process 

Charm and confidence are the secrets behind most inspirational women, and these are traits one can develop. Our mission is to ignite the confidence and sense of worth in all women, from life-long seekers of self-improvement, to those wanting to refresh their personal style, or individuals whose self-esteem have been impacted by aging, weight oscillations, divorce, illness and other life events.

If you are open to new possibilities and a better life and style, this program will help you change your life!  

Meet Chef Gislaine Murcia - New York, NY

Chef Murcia’s life-style before the Reinvention Studio

Chef Murcia’s life-style before the Reinvention Studio

Chef Murcia discovering new facets of herself during our sessions

Chef Murcia discovering new facets of herself during our sessions

Chef Murcia trying new looks a few months after Reinvention studio.

Chef Murcia trying new looks a few months after Reinvention studio.

Nothing better than setting a clear goal, outlining all the steps to get there, combined with visual documentation of my transformation. The photos did the trick. Seeing the new me helped me change my negative self-perceptions, and made me believe that  I deserved to take care of myself. This was truly my first experience learning to love myself!

 
Chef Murcia 8 months after starting her Reinvention Program

Chef Murcia 8 months after starting her Reinvention Program

Eight months later and 50 pounds lighter, I returned for my final photoshoot. I couldn't be happier with the results. I feel attractive and confident and fully adjusted to a routine of healthy food and exercises. I enjoy shopping for clothes, accessories and spending time at a salon. I am dating again and teaching my daughter the importance of self-love. I highly recommend the Reinvention Studio. It changed my life - inside out - and forever!

Chef Murcia before the Reinvention Studio

Chef Murcia before the Reinvention Studio

When I arrived at the Reinvention Studio, I suffered from anxiety and low self-esteem due to having been obese my entire life. I became addicted to sugar as a way to make up for my frustrations, and being a patisserie chef didn’t make it easier for me to change my eating habits. 

During my Free Consultation, I confess that even though I loved the proposal, and was willing to give it a shot, I was not holding my breath about losing weight. All I expected was becoming more photogenic and  having some nice pictures to remember my forties. I had already undergone stomach reduction surgery years earlier, and despite the initial weight loss, I went back to being obese. I barely looked in the mirror; makeup, manicured nails and hair styling were alien to me. I hadn’t dated in years, and my focus was on my daughter and my career. 

Chef Murcia committing to our 5-step Reinvention Process to achieve her goals.

Chef Murcia committing to our 5-step Reinvention Process to achieve her goals.

When we started the program, Liza Andrews (the instructor) and I talked about my problems and my seemingly impossible goals. Together, we designed an improvement plan that was realistic to my lifestyle following our Reinvention Photography session. Liza showed me the importance of taking photos not only to follow up my progress, but to cheer me up. Along this journey, I was introduced to a dormant beautiful woman inside me, and it was a wonderful surprised.  

Chef Murcia changing her diet the week after Reinvention Studio.

Chef Murcia changing her diet the week after Reinvention Studio.

Chef Murcia fully engaged in exercising and losing substantial weight - 3 months after Reinvention Studio.

Chef Murcia fully engaged in exercising and losing substantial weight - 3 months after Reinvention Studio.

On Day 1 at my Reinvention Photography session, I experimented with new looks and learned how to highlight my best features. I already looked -and felt! - like a better version of me, even before losing any of the 50 pounds I was inspired to lose.

I posed confidently in front of the camera, and I went home burning with the fire of hope. I used those photos from our initial session to maintain an ongoing motivational conversation with the “new me”. And I started a daily photo-log to encourage me to persevere in my personal transformation. Liza said that if I felt comfortable, I should post photos of my progress to gain support from my family and friends. I did and it was really helpful.

From sedentary, I started walking 4 miles a day. And from a sugar addict, I became a juice fan. My mood, self-esteem and energy levels were improving dramatically and with them, finally, my body. I even experimented with my hair and makeup, which I’d never done before!

 

Before and After

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The 5-Step Reinvention Photography Process 

  1. Goal-Setting for your step-by-step success: Through a guided, heartfelt conversation, clients will decide how they would like to transform their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  Once we understand the client’s goals —self-discovery, personal style update, dating, weight loss, self-esteem boast, or a combination of these and others things —we create a customized program and support them in achieving their goals.  

  2. Body Mapping: We study images (photos) of your body and face and show you how to highlight your strong features and downplay the one’s you’re not too crazy about.

  3. Becoming Photogenic: This step includes our signature workshop on “How to become photogenic.” After Body Mapping, you will engage in exercises to learn the best poses and expressions for you photographically. It’s a rehearsal for Step 5, the Reinvention Photoshoot.

  4. Experimenting and Curating: With a light touch, we guide you through a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement, trying new makeup, hair styles, outfits and accessories from our production wardrobe.  It’s a fun experience where you’ll discover new facets of yourself and, perhaps, even a new persona!

  5. Reinvention Photoshoot: Now, ready and confident, we’ll do a photoshoot of you in your favorite outfits and photo styles (casual, classic, glamour, artistic, sensual, etc.) This is the “birth” of the reinvented you, and those photos will serve as inspiration to help you continue forward on your self-improvement path.

Duration:

The 5-Step Reinvention Photography Process takes 8 hours to complete. After your session, we will devote a few hours to select and edit your 5 most inspirational photos. We will also provide consulting on the best gallery-style printers, so you can turn your photos into true works of art.

Your program can be done in one full day or divided in 2 or 3 sessions.

Price: The Reinvention Photography Program starts at $1,500. Gift Cards are available. Please inquire about our group workshops for “girlfriend getaways,” holiday parties, company retreats or in-office reinvention workshops.

Free Consultation: Over the phone, or in our studio over a cup of tea, we’d love to meet you and understand your needs to help us create a Reinvention Photography session that is customized for you. Click below to schedule a free consultation.