Our beautiful winner worked hard for this special shoot! Such an adorable family. Below is her nomination from a wonderful friend. "I have known Michele for over 4 years and during this time, we have grown to be like sisters. We can finish each other’s sentences, enjoy our girl time immensely, swap kiddos for playdates and mama breaks, and run to be by each other’s side whenever needed. Michele has a heart of pure gold. She embraces life with a vibrant energy that is contagious to all around her. She has been through a lot in her short 41 years of life that has greatly shaped who she is. Michele lost her best friend, her mother, 10 years ago to breast cancer and was by her mother’s bedside up until her last breath. During those ten years, Michele got married to a fabulous husband, father and friend and had two amazing children, Max and Sammie. Michele has resided in Martinez all of her life and continuously gives back to the community in any way she can.
Most importantly for why I feel Michele and her family deserve this photo session opportunity is that she is a warrior. She was very unhappy with herself having put on over 100 pounds over the last ten years so she up and decided to do something about it. And how. Michele began her weight loss quest a year ago and since then, has lost 80 pounds. More importantly and inspiring is that she is HEALTHY. She doesn’t just exercise to look good (however, she’s smokin hot!) but rather for health. Seeing her mother die at the early age of 55 was enough for Michele to muster the strength, desire and inspiration to make the change. Attached are before and after pictures of her physical change along with the internal one: that she is determined to live the healthiest life possible, for herself and for her family. And yes, it’s trickling down to me as well, however slowly but surely! Thank you for taking the time to read about how THANKFUL I am to have Michele in my life, each and every day. Now go on, hit the like button! The more likes, the higher her chance to receive this amazing gift. And she deserves it."
Shoot Location: Port Costa