In May, my friend Amy Brachman, owner of SuperFun Yoga Pants, asked if I’d participate in a photo shoot, modeling the yoga pants she sells. The pictures would be used on her website: superfunyogapants.com for online shoppers.
Almost immediately I returned an email with a huge YES attached to it.
If you’ve ever purchased from SuperFun, you know – they carry really great brands, in really great prints, that typically fit… really great! They’re adorable for fitness and even more adorable to dress up or down. Plus, the pictures on her website are awesome and look so fun. I know many of the women who've been in the photo shoots before me, so I know how fabulous the pictures of them turn out. How could I not participate?
Amy does an awesome job of asking real women to help her with these photo shoots. She asks women of all sizes, body types, ages and professions to join in. And it always looks like a blast (see pic above).
But when I first arrived at the shoot, I admit, I did that thing. Where I listened to the self-doubt in my head. Ya know - the one that says you’re not pretty enough, fit enough, thin enough or even young enough to do this? It was just about to get the best of me, until we were assembling outfits to model.
I was asked to bring much of my own clothing and accessories: anything I thought would pair well with the SuperFun yoga pants. I loaded up a travel bag with my personal collection of shoes, shirts and accessories and was unpacking it all when the self-doubt broke.
I showed Amy and Walker Willow (who helps style these shoots) my Frye boots, Texas Forever t-shirt from Magnolia Market in Waco, TX and the GAP jean jacket I’ve owned since college.
“I was kinda hoping you had some western inspired pants for this ensemble,” I said.
They handed me a pair of Buffalo Princess leggings from Teeki (see above) and that’s all she wrote folks. Suddenly, I was in the game. I was ready to rock that outfit everywhere in town. As a native Texan, I felt good in the clothes. I also started having fun. SuperFun! And almost immediately - I shifted.
I’m a 40-something wife and a mom of three, 5’4” with a booty, Latina, and not as a fit as a fit-pro should be. I’m far from your typical model but I was feeling it that day. In fact, I was kinda like – ‘want me to model anything else?’
Really. I could have been there all day.
It was a great experience. I recognized that I was bringing something different to the table and that it was okay to just enjoy the moment and more importantly, stop criticizing myself. And because the pants and outfits were so fun and awesome, it worked. I left there feeling proud, happy and energized.
And most importantly, I helped my friend who's also a native-Texan turned Richmond small-business owner, sell her pants. How can I not feel good about that? Thank you, Amy. Everyone should get to be a model for a day!
So, if Amy Brachman ever asks you to be in a SuperFun shoot. Say yes. Hell – yes!
About the Author
Sandi Cano Cauley is a small business owner, fitness instructor, dancer and retired broadcast journalist. She operates Turn Cardio Jam Studio in Richmond, VA (founded in 2015) with goals to mesh dance + fitness and connect others with some of their youth. She is also a 3 x boy mom, a Tejana, a wannabe