Tell Your Story – Shelagh

I have been really lucky to shoot some inspirational women lately and I want to bring their stories to you.

Everyone has a story (whether they believe it or not) and I really believe in recording these stories for future generations (check out my post about what has inspired me in my photography journey )

This session was with Shelagh who has recently authored a book called Gumption: The Practical Womans Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life.

Toronto Portrait Photographer | Gumption The Practical Womans Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life | Shelagh Meagher

The photoshoot was focussed around some of the items where Shelagh had put her own tips into practice.

This pink coat – which was something that Shelagh would not normally wear but since buying it, she consistently gets comments about how amazing it looks on her.

Toronto Portrait Photographer | Gumption The Practical Womans Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life | Shelagh Meagher

The coral prom dress which was so much fun to shoot. We actually added an extra crinoline skirt underneath the existing one, and ended up with a HUGE puffy dress.

Toronto Portrait Photographer | Gumption The Practical Womans Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life | Shelagh Meagher

I really loved the story about how Shelagh was singing in a choir and then decided to join a rock band, and how she had to really step outside of her comfort zone in order to approach the band members to ask to join, and then to also learn how to really let go of her inhibitions to belt out the songs.

Toronto Portrait Photographer | Gumption The Practical Womans Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life | Shelagh Meagher

I also took the opportunity to film Shelagh and ask her about Gumption – check out the video below where she talks about her inspiration for Gumption and how women in particular can use Gumption in their everyday lives to conquer their own challenges.

You can purchase Gumption: The Practical Woman’s Guide to Living an Adventuresome Life from Amazon

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