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As most of my clients know, I used to weigh 385 lbs. It is hard to imagine that now when I am 163 lbs., but it true. I was overweight my entire life. As a consequence, there are very few pictures of me and my family. See, when you are overweight, you lie to yourself and say you don’t look so bad. Pictures don’t lie. When you see yourself in a picture, you have to face reality. So, there are very few pictures of me until now.

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When we first started our practice, I met a photographer named Brianna Forster. She was looking for an accountant. She and I began talking and I decided to do two photo shoots with her. A professional shoot, and a family shoot. Let me tell you something right now. Brianna is the first photographer I have ever used, and she will be the last. She is amazing.

Our professional photo shoot began at 8:00 am in downtown where the office is located. Again, I had never had a professional photo shoot before and I was a little nervous. Being the professional that Brianna is, she was extremely patient with me. I can’t relax. If anyone knows me, you will know that I am high strung, and always have something going on. I mean, I run six businesses. Brianna, worked with me and made me relax. She took what seemed like 200 pictures of Belsis and myself. Some of the poses I thought were strange and weird, but Brianna knew EXACTLY what she was doing. A few days later we got our pictures and let me tell you, I looked good. My son Gregory calls the pictures a Men’s Warehouse catalog. Brianna made Belsis and I look amazing. The photo shoot lasted two hours, and I am extremely happy with the results. But that wasn’t it.

A few weeks later, we had a family photo shoot. Brianna posed our family and made us feel at ease. There are so many good pictures that I am going to have to buy a lot of them and hang them on my wall. Brianna stated that her dream is to go into each of her client’s homes and see her pictures up on the wall. She will get her wish if she comes to my house. Pictures are something where the artist freezes a moment in time. If the photographer is good, they will capture the moment in such a way that you will remember everything that happened that day.

Brianna Forster is an artist. I can’t thank her enough for what she did for me. She made my family, Belsis, and I look amazing. Brianna can be found on the web at

If you have any questions regarding this article you can visit, or email Craig W. Smalley, E.A., C.E.P.®, C.T.R.S.®



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