Kristie Barlow Challenges Herself to lose 40lbs & Reward Herself with Pictures.

"If You're Going to Change Something About Yourself in a Positive Direction, You Have To Be You!"
Benizo Artistic Interview

So Kristie what inspired you to book your photoshoot?

I wanted to challenge myself to lose 40lbs & take my best shot.

I set a challenge to do one more pageant (Miss Virginia), lose 40lbs, and show it all off with a Benizo Session. Once I booked I knew it was “Game On!” I called my Mom and best friend to tell them how excited I was. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to work with the infamous artist I followed for years. I was nervous but sooo excited at the same time.

Anyone looking at you would be suprised to know what one thing about you?

I always struggled with my weight.

I have battled with my weight and pageantry didn’t help. I am finally back on track with a healthy lifestyle and feeling so proud of that. I finally feel sexy & beautiful again! But feeling like a super model in front of Benizo’s lens, has helped me remember that no matter what I weigh, I am beautiful and have so much good to offer the world.

You'd never think you struggled with your weight when you walked in. How did you feel when you arrived to your shoot?

I felt as if I was going to meet a celebrity. But the moment I got there, he made me feel I was the celebrity.

When you work with Benizo, being yourself is not an option, it’s a requirement. He is always trying to poke through layers that you weren’t able to break through yourself. Limiting beliefs, old fears, doubts, insecurities, you name it. He always seems to know what I need at that moment in time.

What is the one thing you would tell someone who is feeling nervous about their Benizo Photoshoot?

Ben is so Good at making people feel Confident & Beautiful.

Overall I felt more confident than I had in awhile and I just felt proud of myself. I was proud of the woman I had become and grown into, and Ben always reminds me that I can achieve anything I put my heart into. I got teary eyed when I left because I had such a blast and who knows when we will be able to create again.

How did you feel after your photoshoot?

I felt Sexy, Empowered & Beautiful!

I've always been my toughest critic, so to see myself through Benizo's eyes has helped me feel totally confident of who I am beneath the image. Our photoshoot lasted hours but felt like minutes. Afterwards, my Mom laughed at how I hadn't stopped talking about him and Bianca the entire drive from NYC to Annapolis.

My 3 Benizo Takeaways

"Thank you for helping me realize the positive energy inside me and to never let anything tame it."

You’ve been so kind to me ever since we first met. You said I bring “instant positive energy” and I love that! No one had ever said that to me before our photoshoot but now so many people have said similar things over the years. I think that you helped me recognize this quality in myself and that has allowed me to channel it in my thoughts & actions in all areas of my life. Arizona here we come!

Kristie Barlow

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