I had the opportunity to get together with Stacy Annette Gonzalez, a blogger and photographer based in Houston, and take in a portrait photoshoot. I asked Stacy to share her thoughts on our session and she was gracious enough to write this guest post.
Hi everyone, my name is Stacy of Med Á La Mode
I’m a Houston blogger and PreMed student on the path to medicine for my dreams of becoming a doctor.
It’s been a long journey and there are still milestones to reach and challenges to face but I’ve made it this far, there is no quitting now.
The reason for wanting to shoot with Eduardo was to celebrate a unique challenge.
One of the most physically taxing and debilitating road block I’ve faced in my life, yet.
I wanted to celebrate having recovered from a 5mm herniated disc in my lumbar and cervical neck damage from a rear-end accident that occurred the first week of January. I couldn’t walk for 2 weeks and half of my body was nearly paralyzed and dysfunctional
I was in physical therapy for over 3 months, not being able to use my left arm, leg or turn my neck correctly without excruciating pain. Even though I was going through this, I still went to school, doped up on the prescription pills that my MD had prescribed me and with an assistant around to carry and drive me to all places, because I couldn’t do it myself and I didn’t want to get behind on my academic journey. I’m beyond thankful that the accident was not worse, because it would have been devastating to put my dreams on hold.
The photoshoot was to reclaim my power and who I was before the accident and who I am now, stronger emotionally and mentally.
I love how Eduardo made me feel empowered and comfortable during the shoot, he truly was a pleasure to work with and I recommend him.
In retrospect, I hope you all have been inspired by the challenge I’ve to face on my journey. I want everyone to know that you can overcome anything and achieve your greatest dreams.
Follow me on Instagram at @medalamode to keep up with my lifestyle and to get your daily dose of motivation!
Thank you Stacy for making me part of your journey to recovery.
Here are select shots from our portrait photoshoot. As with all sessions, note how as time goes on the more relaxed she becomes until she is in her zone.
This was the moment when Stacy touched upon something deep in her spirit.
A nice well timed joke on my part helped release the pent up nervousness and going forward she was in the moment but still maintaining a reserved poise.