When your day starts with a mimosa and outrageous cupcakes, followed by a 30 minute massage, you know it's going to be a great day. This is how my morning as a goddess at Goddess Girl Events with Tamme Stitt Photography started two weeks ago. My appointment was for 10:15 am. Shortly after I got there, two more newbie goddesses arrived, Alyson and Sarah. Christine Huber Sepesi, introduced herself as the meeter and greeter, and offered us mimosas. Later I met a Mother/Daughter Goddess Girls pair. The daughter had surprised her mom with a morning of pampering and photography as a gift. Mom had no idea what was in store for her. Her daughter explained to us that she never had nice photos of her mom. Even when her mom was young, she was always behind the camera or posing with the children. What a great surprise gift!
Photographer Tamme Stitt offers these Goddess Girls Events once a month at different Hudson Valley locations. On Sunday, February 26th we met at Vivian Photography's SPACE in Highland. While I was still nursing my mimosa, a very toned Christine Spiezio, LMT, popped out of a room and asked me if I was ready for my massage. Sure! The mimosa helped calm my nerves, but the massage was very much needed. Christine Spiezio LMT, who specializes in sports massage and medicinal massage, gave me a wonderful back and neck massage.
Why would I be nervous about a morning of pampering you may ask? Well, I rarely wear make-up. In fact, I didn't even have a professional make-up artist or hair-dresser for my wedding. I'm just a wash-n-go no-fuss kind of gal. The only other time I had my make-up done was for a friend's indie music video shoot in a Greenwich Village bar in the early 1990s. I have nothing against make-up, I just never developed the urge to wear too much of it.
About 15 minutes after my massage, I was whisked upstairs to get my hair and make-up done. Gina Truhe, make-up artist and Adrienne Nixon (of Trends Hair Design) , hair stylist had their work cut out for them. I had absolutely no ideas about what my goddess look should be so I told them they could do whatever they wanted. Tamme Stitt put her two cents in, and they voted to give me a 1940s Hollywood glam look. Adrienne and Gina worked on me at the same time. Adrienne curled my hair with a curling iron, sprayed it, curled it, pinned me with a million bobbie pins. During the whole make-over process, I was faced away from the mirror so I didn't get to see my new goddess self until they were done with me. I couldn't believe how different I looked! It took a few minutes to get used to this new vision in the mirror, but I loved the new look.
Jewelry designer Nicole Pagano of Creekside Adornings was on hand to style me, and helped me choose a few beautiful jewelry pieces and dresses. There was a good selection of vintage dresses all from size 1-18. I wear a size 12-14 dress, but the red dress you see here is a size 5-6. They make it work with strategically placed safety pins. In one shot Nicole held the dress together behind me and ducked! The beige gown was gorgeous and slightly loose on me, but it still worked well though had I brought a bustier or an invisible bra it would have looked even better. (Goddesses do have the option of bringing their own special outfits from home, by the way).
I followed somebody to the beautiful room at SPACE for the photo session. It was so novel for me. I felt a bit awkward for the first 5 minutes as Tamme directed me into different poses. ("Can you put your arm up like that, and look towards the window? Oh, my God! Awesome!") Tamme has a way of making you feel very comfortable, as if you are bestfriends.
The biggest challenge of the morning was silencing my inner critic during the photo shoot. Mine was saying, "Whoa! She is getting a bit too close. Wish it was summer time so my flabby arms could at least be tan. Should have gone to the gym last week. I feel so silly!" After a few minutes though, I just thought, "Oh, who cares anyway? It's just me! Better relax before it's all over so she can get a few good shots. I better enjoy this moment. Yes, I am a goddess!" About 15 minutes into the shoot, Tamme asked if I wanted a few outdoor shots. I loved the idea, especially since it was in the high 40s, not that cold to go out in a sleeveless dress. We went back in, I changed into the red dress, and posed for a few more shots. Around 1pm, Tamme said, "We're done!" and that was my Goddess Girl day.
When my husband picked me up he told me "You look so different, it's eerie!" (He meant this in a Wow way). We had a nice lunch at Yanni's in New Paltz, and I noticed that a few passerbys smiled at me as I was still sporting my Hollywood glam hair. Tamme only started Goddess Girl Event on a whim last year, and it has become very popular. The slots get booked quickly. She holds them once a month. The rate is $295, which includes the massage, make-up, hair styling, mimosas, and yummy snacks. Prints are extra, but can be ordered on her site. Makes a great gift for that special woman in your life. Of course, you don't have to wait for a Goddess Girl Event, you can book a photo session with Tamme Stitt in her Kingston studio or at an off-site location. She does family portraits, engagement photos, pregnancy photos, kids birthday parties, weddings, boudoir, and just about anything in between.
I'm so happy that Tamme Stitt Photography invited me to be a Goddess Girl. It was a fun novel experience, and I walked away with beautiful photos of my made up self, and a new appreciation for make-up artists and hair stylists. I'm going to buy a curling iron and a new lipstick soon.
Photography by Tamme Stitt Photography & Goddess Girl Events!