Loose Skin After Weight Loss Portraits


Anthony Gauna

Photographer, San Antonio, TX

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I’ve been posting to my personal Facebook that I’ve been wanting to bring more nudity into my work. I’ve been hired for a few boudoir sessions in the past, but actively pursuing more nudity in my overall work sounds beautiful yet scary as fuck. Female, male, couples, same-sex, etc. I want to continue to grow as a person and an artist.

Vulnerability is beautiful to me.

I had a friend reach out to me after reading my Facebook post and asked if I’d be interested in telling her story. She told me her story and I immediately was intrigued. Especially because I researched to see if anyone else had photographed portraits of people with loose skin after weight loss. I found nothing artistic or anything photographed by an actual photographer. Mostly just camera phone photos. I wanted others to read and see her story because I know there are others out there who might be going through the same thing.

She wanted to remain anonymous due to her job, but she was totally willing to share a few images. I also asked her to write out what she wanted to share, because I knew there would be no way that I’d be able to put into words her story.

In Her Words:

“Tomorrow morning I am having what they call a Mommy Makeover. This typically involves a tummy tuck and breast lift, sometimes implants, and a little liposuction. For me, this is so much more than just a mommy makeover. I have been heavy most of my life, with a brief period in my mid-twenties where I was able to get down to about the size I am now, but I couldn’t keep the weight off. I was at war with my body, for being fat, for craving awful foods, for making me self-conscious, for making it hard to find clothes that were comfortable and fashionable yet still managed to hide my many flaws.

A year ago I had weight loss surgery to reclaim my health, and that I did. I am no longer pre-diabetic, my blood work is amazing, and I have so much more energy. Best decision I ever made for myself. But it left me with this loose skin. I work out, I eat right, but after a lifetime of being heavy and having had a child, I knew my skin would not bounce back. I hated how my new, smaller, healthy body looked, because of the sagging skin, bulging out in places, rolls because everything was loose. But yet, I had these amazing new collar bones, and my legs are so strong, and my wrists are so tiny.

So, before my mommy makeover, I wanted to try and make peace with my body as it is now, get closure-almost like a really good break up conversation if you will. Anthony listened to my story and understood perfectly what I was trying to express. He has seen more of my body than I even have let my poor husband see, that is how self-conscious I am. But I did let him see these photos because they came out so beautifully and truly captured the essence of saying goodbye and trying to celebrate how far I have come.

Being vulnerable in this capacity wasn’t easy, and some people may think these photos are really unattractive, but I wanted them, and I am so grateful I will have them to look back on. This body got me to the point where I am today.”

Anthony Gauna

Photographer, San Antonio, TX

Anthony Gauna has been providing wedding and portrait photography services in San Antonio and the surrounding areas since 2012. He is considered one of the top photographers in San Antonio by Expertise, Peerspace, Giggster, and WeddingRule.


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