Lori vs Jellybeans.

by Lori Dwyer on September 10, 2012 · 68 comments

Once upon a time, pregnant with my first child, I remember telling my husband that I wished I’d had professional photos taken of myself before I fell pregnant. It was pure, unadulterated vanity and I’m happy to stand by that. It was for the simple fact that I wanted to immortalize my body as it was, before kids, passionately believing that I’d never ever look that good again.

By the forces of sloppy mismanagement and sheer good luck, I was wrong. I actually probably look better now than I did before I had babies. And I’m much more confident.

Besides all that, I have a much greater appreciation for photos now than I ever have Before. The older my children get, the smaller the cache of photos I have of them with their dad appears.

Anyway. Throw that healthy vanity together when a new revere for digital memories, and I find myself with an idea lurking. A good problogger always needs an enticing headshot.

So here’s my new one.

Welcome to Lori vs Jellybeans, a retro photo shoot with a difference.

I love it when I find people who are happy and inspired to run with pretty much any crazy idea. These people and I, we understand each other. So when I contacted uGook Photography on the recommendation of a friend and they didn’t even bat an eyelid at my proposal of bringing ten kilos of jellybeans with me to fling around their studio, I knew I had found my photographers.

Number One

In a way that’s completely not like me at all, it was the morning of the shoot that I realized I hadn’t thought to bribe, guilt or coerce one of my mates to come with me for moral support. And considering the fact that I was soon going to be all dressed up and attempting not to feel like a dick while I did all my best Megan Gale poses, that seemed like a serious oversight on my behalf.

Number Two

 I shouldn’t have been so worried. Husband and wife Nick and Gabi from uGook were so lovely and funny and have obviously done this a thousand times– it literally took me ten minutes before all that ‘My arms are one hundred feet long!’ self consciousness disappeared. They specialise in all sorts of stuff including retro, vintage and boudoir photography.

And as you can see, the hair and make up were to die for.

Number Three

The studio was so warm and comfy I even stripped off for undie shots… I know. While I bought my own jellybeans, all other props and costumes were from the huge selection- a Kylie Showgirl style feather head dress and a pool table for Underbelly style glamour- on site at the uGook studio.

Heh- no number here… this one is not going on the header. Nice try.

The uGookers plied my confidence with champers, coffee and food (other than jellybeans, which really weren’t fit for consumption following their starring role), and organized the hair and make up. I even had a digital copy of my photos via Dropbox within twenty four hours.

Number Four

And I had just so much fun. The four hour shoot was wrapped up way before I got bored. I bubbled my way home and through the next couple of days, reaching fever pitch once I had copies of the shots to show off to just about every one.

e=”text-align: center;”>Number Five

As well as immortalizing how freaking awesome I am so, thirty years from now, I can ignore my grandchildren rolling their eyes while I make them look at mah’ albums again; the whole objective of this shoot was to redesign the RRSAHM header. But with all the photos being so awesome, and me being on the inside of this blog looking out… it’s too difficult to choose.

Number Six

So, my jellybeans– I need your help. The shots above are numbered, one to seven. Which is your favorite? Which would work best up there at the top of the page?

Which shot would best fill this space here…?

Thanks for your input my lovely ones. I’ll have the official verdict– and the new header– up and looking bright and shiny very, very soon.

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Melissa September 15, 2012 at 3:18 am

Number 1!


Anonymous September 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

#5 great pics…or #6


potts.family September 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

I LOVE number 6.


Andrea G September 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Number one, number one, number one!!


Kristina September 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

number 3!


Cassondra September 12, 2012 at 12:54 am

3, without a doubt!


loulouloves.me September 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

OMG you look amazing! What a fun shoot, pick any they are all great!


Gutsy Challenge September 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Number 2 and 6!!


tattoomummy.com September 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

6 definitely.
It would work really well with the jar full, then you pouring, then you holding the full vase :)


Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

#1, but they are all gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!


Becc September 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love your work Lori! My vote is for number 4


Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

I love number 6!


Debbie September 11, 2012 at 6:11 am

Oh my gosh! That headshot is to DIE for! You are gorgeous!

I vote for #1 as the other shot in the header, though I'd reshape the spot for it slightly, to better fit a horizontal shape. I think the mix of vertical and horizontal shots that would result in gives a perfect balance to the header, as well as the fact that I think #1 has your most natural smile and genuine joy in your eyes.

On the other hand, with this set of awesomeness, there's no way to go wrong!


Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

3 or 4.


Steph(anie) September 11, 2012 at 3:57 am

I like 1 2 4, oh hell, I like them all and am absolutely no help. I think 2 is my favorite.


Anonymous September 11, 2012 at 3:22 am



Kim September 11, 2012 at 1:45 am

#6 is my first vote.

#4 is my backup vote.

You are absolutely stunning and you can tell by the twinkle in your eye just how much fun this photo shoot was!


becca September 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

the thing I don't like about 6 is that you can't see your legs!


becca September 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

1 or 5!


Melissa September 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

Wow, what awesome photos!! That looks like so much fun :)

My pick is number 6 :)


Laureny at The Surprise Beginning September 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Number 6 for the win! You are gorgeous!


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Oh I love them all! you are so gorgeous! I say either 4 or 6!


Jacqui Harrison September 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I love number 6. They're all awesome so I see the dilemma, but 6 stands out to me! Luv Jac @CommonChaosChronicle xox


Rebecca Munro September 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Stunning photos Lori. Definitely number 1 for me, although I don't think you should discount the b&w; shots – you look foxy!


Jane B September 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Number 6.
Looks like you had fun, awesome pics! ::)


Belinda September 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Fantastic photos Lori! I think number 5 or 6 :)


Bri September 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

#6 would look best in that space. All the others are great but when you look at them to fit in to the space, #6 is the best suited.


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

OMG, you are gorgeous, Lori, you really are. I love all the pics, but I vote for photograph #2!



ros September 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

All gorgeous and fun, but number 4 is my fave…


LapBandGirl September 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

4!!!! You look fab! <3


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm

1 or 4 Lori !!!



♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys September 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

No 4 , they are all good great ,so they rotate maybe


Deb September 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

number 4. it was that or #2, but you already have a headshot.


phonakins September 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm




Wendy September 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Lori, you really look amazing! I think number 5 would look great in your header.

Love, Wendy


Mich September 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I love number 5!


A Daft Scots Lass September 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

#6 is the missing link from your header!

Awesome shots!


SJ September 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I love number 6 most! Awesome shots Lori!


ManicMumsy September 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I like number 6 too!!


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Gorgeous pics! I love number 4 for that space.


Miss Pink September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I love them all, especially the boudoir ones. You can't even tell you're in your undies!
For your header I really love #1 but I think #6 would be PERFECT. Seriously. It's different but fun and inviting.


@evaiezzi September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Number 6 or number 1! (Dude, those pictures of you with the phone, especially the full length one on the left – so amazing). What a grin! It really looked like you were happy and having a great time. So lovely to see.


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Number 1 – but I really like the one with the glass jar, but it's not an option :(


Elise September 11, 2012 at 12:03 am



robyn September 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

So awesome!! I love 1 or 3 :)


deardarl September 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Number 1 – I like the angle and the connection to the eyes.
In other news – HAWT photos girl!


Catherine September 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Good on you Lori – you look amazing!!

I'd go for Number 1


toushka lee September 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

omg Lori you look beautiful, stunning and amazing!
I vote for 1 or 3 or 4.


Sapphyre September 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

#1 from me. But in all of them, you look fab dahling!


Caitlyn Nicholas September 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I like number 6 :)


Jen D September 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

Beaauuttiful! All of the above just made my already fabulous evening even better. I vote for #1 or #5.


Cass September 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

I LOVE number 6!!! But 4 comes a close second :-) fantastic piccies!


Caroline September 10, 2012 at 11:16 am

OMG how gorgeous do you look!
I'll vote #1 too
Glad to see you smiling :)

PS where did u get the awesome stockings from?


Susan, Mum to Molly September 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

I like number 4 best…

… but they're all great.

You can't go wrong really, whichever wins.

SO glad you got to do this for yourself.

I'm sure Tony's smiling about it too.


Anonymous September 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

Number 1!!
Go you!!!


Belinda@ savemumsanity September 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

Love them all, but think 4 is my fave! Xx


Cassandra King September 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

Number 6.
And what a fun photoshoot that looked like! :D


Anne September 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

Def number one! I have to say it looks like you had so much fun :)


Kimmie September 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

My vote goes to number 1 too…although my absolute favourite is the full length shot of you on the phone! Very glamourous indeed….


Wanderlust September 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

I LOVE these! You look gorgeous!


Emma Day September 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

Number 1! It's stunning and you look really happy.

I've just stumbled across your blog for the first time. I started by laughing at some of your more recent posts… then sobbed my way through your older posts. Your blog documents one hell of a journey. I really admire your strength and I love the way you write. It's raw – all of it – the sad and the funny. You're inspiring. xx


woahmolly.com September 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

AWESOME PHOTOS! I vote picture number one for the header, you look super happy and comfy and colourful in it.


Good Golly Miss Holly! September 10, 2012 at 8:49 am

Oh look, I have a boner. You look SMASHING!

Number 1 is my fave, that smile is contagious x


Kirsty Lee September 10, 2012 at 8:48 am

WOW!! Gorgeous! Looks like you had heaps of fun


Sophie Allen September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

I like number 1 or 4.

They all look fab though, must have been so much fun to be the centre of attention.


Alex September 10, 2012 at 8:32 am

Eheheheh It must have been really fun to make! :)


Karen September 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

No help at all shall I be! I love them all and for a header can't seem to narrow down any further than down 2, 5, or 6… You are smashingly gorgeous…with a great set o' gams!


Mrs Woog September 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

Number 6! This is so cute Lori. Wonderful stuff. Takes a lot to make me smile on a Monday Morning – respect xx


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