Chelsea + The Wind

“i am a museum full of art but you had your eyes shut” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey The magic that is progression. Maybe last week, I didn’t really see any changes to my work. I thought I was producing the same photos after every session. I knew what I wanted to produce in my head, but I wasn’t seeing it in editing. Long story short, I was in a rut. Enter; Wind. Wind has the opportunity to completely change an image. I purposely asked Chelsea to shoot at the beach to incorporate as much wind as possible. To my surprise, what I imagined in my head was coming to life. The emotion, the wind swept hair, the beautiful dress. It was all hitting. It was almost like I had a checklist in my head and I was checking all the boxes. After almost every photo I would look back at my boyfriend and cheese so hard. I was so happy. I was finally progressing, thanks to the wind and Chelsea. Chelsea has such a natural beauty. Although she told me she was really nervous, she settled in rather quickly. The wind took her hair and the water splashed around us. It was like a scene from a movie. So I would like to thank Mother Nature. Thank you for producing the wonderful phenomenon that is wind. And thank you for helping me get out of my rut. The results were stunning. You can check out more from Chelsea’s session below! & you can learn more about a session with me, here.

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Chelsey + the Flowers in the Tub

“The kindest words my father said to me Women like you drown oceans.” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey One of the greatest feelings is when I conquer new things. Whether they are just something I have always wanted to try, or if I had been scared to attempt it. This photo shoot, I simply had not attempted. I honestly never thought I would be able to. Never in a million years did I think someone I knew would let me. Yet, here we are. I’m not going to lie, Chelsey did amaaaazinngggg. Cause I had no idea what I was doing or how they were going to turn out. I knew what I had pictured in my head more than likely wasn’t going to happen in real life but I was still hopeful. Honestly, 99% of the time I was just trying to make sure my ISO wasn’t too high. I didn’t want to lose a whole afternoon to too much noise. But then I would snap shots that made me excited. The ones where the light was hitting just right. Or the fierceness was just too much to handle. As the time went on, I could tell she was getting more comfortable. (Even though it was so hot in that bathroom!!) This was my very first “Bath Tub Water” session.. Or whatever you would call it. And Chelsey was a trooper. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of sitting and staring. Was also a lot of lens changing. There was even a point where I wasn’t sure that any of the photos were going to be usable. But for my first try, I think I nailed it. It helped to have such a beautiful subject. I hope to offer an all around experience soon, because I really want to help people feel their best human. Too many of us struggle with body positivity and self love. I want to help. Here are a few more from her session: Pin it! And If you would like to schedule a session with me, you can read all about it here.  

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Skylar + The Fabulous Green Empty Lot Next to Kroger

Have you ever just seen an area and thought it had wasted potential? There is this area near where I work that is just sitting there. The grass has grown really tall and it honestly looks like a jungle. But like a mini jungle, for like children. Enter Skylar! This was right up her alley! She turned a wasted mini jungle into a photogenic playground. I mean even her black and white photos make me cry tears of joy. I mean, it was almost like we weren’t in a bug infested wonderland. With her slight wind blown hair and only one good sunflower. She made it work. I have this feeling that whenever I am in a rut or feel like a horrible photographer that all I will have to do is text her father to do a photo shoot and all my faith will be restored. Skylar is one of my favorite Sunflowers, and I hope to keep working with her! I hope you all enjoy!

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Beautiful Sunflowers in Water

“if the ocean can calm itself, so can you. we are both salt water mixed with air.” – Nayyirah Waheed My summer was filled with photographing beautiful humans. Body positivity is so hard. One day you can be completely for you. Everything is beautiful, and fuck what every one else says. Then the next day, all you can see is flaws and all you can think about is what every one has said. It’s one of the worst roller coasters you can be on. I want to get off, and these ladies do too. They all feared what they would look like, and it took a little while to get them truly comfortable. But once they did, that’s when the magic happened. Stephanie She was the first that dived into the water to produce magic! She isn’t one to really be serious, but she looks like a fucking Sports Illustrated Model! I mean look at her glowing green eyes. When those bad boys caught the light just right… goosebumps. She’s such a natural babe, with a gorgeous smile and beautiful personality to match. Could you imagine seeing yourself for the first time from someone else’s eyes? Her first reaction was, “YASSSS!” Savannah Savannah’s session produced one of my favorite photos to date. Yup, its the one in the middle. It is so powerful. We need to love our bodies and treat them well. In order to do that we need to start mentally. Telling ourselves we love what we see and what we are made of. As you can see she enjoyed all of my suggestions. They were different from past sessions with her, but they made her open up and laugh. She has such an amazing smile. She thanked me later for not only making her feel beautiful, but for all that I do for each of my sunflowers. Elizabeth This woman. Haha. It is so hard to put into words how I feel about this woman. She’s always been so real, and promoted loving yourself. It was her that propelled me to go into the self love direction. She is so strong, although I think at times she needs a reminder. Look at how stunning she is! She owned this session. All the nip slips in the world couldn’t stop her from loving her body and enjoying herself. She almost cried when she saw these. I truly only…

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Finding Myself in the Company of Misery

“you not wanting me was the beginning of me wanting myself thank you” ― Nayyirah Waheed You do yourself such a disservice when you don’t take the time to find yourself. Think about it; You spend a good chunk of your life being heavily influenced and taught by others. They teach you good and bad habits, and you are influenced by your peers around you. Most of the time, we are convinced that we aren’t being influenced by anyone. We think we are in control when actually there is nothing about us that truly is. Which is why it is so important to take the time to do it. To truly figure out what you love and what you love to do. For me, I just started to maybe a year ago. When I found myself in one of my low periods. I was convinced that I couldn’t do anything because I had no money. But really I didn’t do anything because I wasn’t really trying to. I knew things I wanted to pursue, but I never tried to figure out how to get them done. So I made a list. I made a list of everything that made me happy. Whether it was things to do or clothes to wear. Pinterest was my best friend. I found myself staying up late at night just saving ideas. Things I found myself saving more then once were put on my list. This helped with passing fancies. My list: Overalls Dreads Glitter Photography Nose Piercing Colorful Hair Blogging Seeing New Places VW Vans Tiny Houses These are the things that I love. I took the time out of what I thought was a too busy life to figure this out. I put on glitter every day, because it makes me happy. My overalls get worn so much more then my other pants because it makes me happy. See the trend? Take the time to find yourself. I know it sounds cliche, but you really only get one life to live. It makes no sense to live it how others do, when it doesn’t make you truly happy. Sit down, make a list. Change the list. Scratch the whole thing and make a new one. Whatever it takes. As the great Dr. Seuss would say, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”…

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