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My Rachael Ray Shoot OR How People Can Make Or Break Any Situation

As I mentioned earlier this morning, I spent the day in the city for a photo shoot with The Rachael Ray Magazine. I found out the spread will run in September (so look out!).

As I was driving in, my nerves got the best of me. I’m NO professional model. I’ve never done anything like this before. This was my first real shoot (with a national magazine no less) and doubts began to fill the car.

  • Are the clothes I brought good enough?
  • Should I have colored my roots?
  • What about my skin?
  • I don’t know how to pose!
  • What if they don’t like my look?

An hour drive with my inner voice harassing me practically made me insane!

BUT then I got there and was greeted by a group of hilarious / down to earth people and everything was once again right with the world. The photographer Chris, Jaime the magazine rep and Young Tyler  literally changed my attitude the second I walked in the room.

My shoulders relaxed and I just enjoyed the ride.

Driving home I thought about how lucky I was to be placed with that group of people. I could have come on a different day and had a VERY different *more intense* shoot. But instead, we made fun of each other and they forgave my inexperience without blinking an eyelash. The photographer took so many pictures he maxed out his card!

I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

I’m heading back the first week of July to shoot three videos with them! What an exciting month!! 🙂

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. I knew you’d do great. 😉 Piece of cake. LOL!

    I’m still stalking my Walmart, waiting to see if they put up your Success Rice video!

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