The story of ME {Melbourne Portrait Photographer}

As you know, every month a few of my wonderful photographer friends from around the world and I post a little series of blog posts that pertains to our lives. I have missed the last two because I was just so busy when they came around, but this time I am back in πŸ™‚ And this month I am going to tell you a bit more about me and the journey I have been on in the last 9 months.

You may or may not know this, but a mere 9 months ago I was obese… I was wearing a size 24 and the biggest I had ever been in my life. I was so unhappy within myself and I had tried everything to lose weight without any success. Everything was a chore, photo shoots were a nightmare and I would sweat so much it was disgusting. I couldn’t catch my breath enough to even talk to clients and I could barely even walk up stairs without half dying! I had lamented to my mother that my last hope was surgery but I just couldn’t afford it. My darling mummy realised how unhappy I was and offered to pay for the surgery. That kicked me into action and I started researching, researching and doing some more research.

I discovered that here in Australia the surgery was covered by my private health insurance, as well as the government. So my out of pocket costs weren’t going to be as high as I had first anticipated. So I met with a surgeon, who cemented the fact that this was the best option for me and I scheduled in my surgery for a vertical sleeve gastroscopy (google it ;-)). On July 28th 2011 my life was going to change for the better! I won’t bore you with all the details, but lets just say I don’t regret it for even one moment. Not anything about it. I was very lucky and had very few side effects… It has changed my life and here I am, 9 months later. Size 14; 45kgs (99 pounds) lighter; 5kgs from my goal and happier than I’ve been in a long, long time.

Of course, when I was ginormous, I refused to be in photos so family photos were out of the question. Now, I LOVE being in photos and I finally scheduled in a very precious and long-awaited family session with my darling friend Kelly Mack Photography. She captured some beautiful images of my family, which I have been slowly editing. So without further ado, here is one image of me as I am now… 45kgs down and far more confident in myself, despite the saggy skin ;-).

P.S. Don’t forget to scroll down so you can link to the next story in the the chain, the amazingly incredible Azure Marie photography Β The next life story in this chain is from the incredibly talented Azure Marie Photography in the U.S.Β 

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14 Responses to The story of ME {Melbourne Portrait Photographer}

  1. amy lenhart March 31, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    you are beautiful liat on the inside and out!! i’m proud of you for taking control of your life…recognizing something you want to change and doing something about it!!!

  2. kate craft March 31, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    You look amazing!!!

  3. Amber March 31, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    Wow. Liat, you are so incredibly beautiful. You were beautiful before the surgery too, but now your radiance is overwhelming. You LOOK happy <3 Stunning image!!

  4. Danielle Frank March 31, 2012 at 5:27 am #

    Good for you! You look amazing – but I’m sure you feel 100 times more amazing than you look πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your progress and hard work. I’m currently losing also and this is so inspiring!

  5. Kathleen Weibel March 31, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    You look amazing, and I’m so glad your are happy. Beautiful!

  6. Audrey March 31, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    You look wonderful! I am so proud of you dear

  7. Nicole Ridella March 31, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Li, you have always been gorgeous, but I am so happy to read that you are happier now. This photo is stunning!

  8. Laura Morita-Yeun March 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    You look ammmmmaaaaaaazzzzzziiiiing

  9. Jessica Deane March 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I love that you wrote this post! I’ve said it before.. you SHOULD be proud of yourself. You look fantastic.. and I am such soo happy for you!

  10. Life with Kaishon March 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I am so fat. And so afraid. And I feel hopeless.

    You are beautiful.

  11. Kelly Mack April 1, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    You look amazing Liat!!

  12. Nancy April 1, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Liat, you have always been beautiful but I love that you’re feeling it now! Congrats friend! So happy for you.

  13. Taryn Chrapkowski April 4, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    You look absolutely GORGEOUS!

  14. Jen April 5, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    You look fabulous! Your hard work has really paid off!

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