Anna: The Girl That Looks Like Me

“Self love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.” ― Beau Taplin I had the honor of doing what was my second boudoir photo shoot where my subject was partially nude. Anna is a babe. She rocked every single thing I asked her to do. I was a little nervous, and I really wasn’t sure where the boundaries were. I treaded so carefully that there were times she shocked me! She is beautiful and confident, And she looked just like me. For the first time, I saw some of me within my subject. You always see the bigger girls that struggle with accepting themselves and being confident in their body. When I was younger, people use to make fun of me because I was so small. They always told me that I needed to eat more. That there wasn’t enough meat on my bones. So I never really thought my body was beautiful either. There was no confidence in being as skinny as I was. No one really understood either, because they thought I should be happy and that no one was making fun of my body. They couldn’t have been more wrong. So when I was shooting Anna I saw and felt what I wish more people could see. Even skinny women, have body issues. Anna showed me what being a confident skinny woman looked like. She showed me who I could be, if I just love myself a little more. She glowed without mercy. She’s just like me, and she is beautiful. & so am I. I would love to work with more beautiful humans! You can learn more here.

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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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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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Start em While They are Young: Meet Paislee, my Youngest Sunflower

“we are all born/ so beautiful/ the greatest tragedy is/ being convinced we are not” ― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey As I am sure most of you know, I ran a giveaway a few weeks ago to celebrate my blog anniversary. I gave away two sunflower sessions to two beautiful and deserving women. One of those women asked if she could give her session to her daughter, Paislee. Of course I said yeah. But I was even more excited when I thought about what this meant. Paislee and children like her, are a good example of what we once were. She is adorable. Even when she doesn’t smile, she just has so much energy that it’s contagious. You can tell she loves so fiercely, because the entire time she saw an animal, she just wanted to pet it and take it home. She acknowledged the beauty in the world, as she ran free spirited from picnic table to picnic table, trying to climb on top. Paislee was a force to be reckon with. And it made me think of what I once was. Did I too not care about what others thought about me so heavily? Did I also run, free spirited and loving of all things? When I think about it, I think I did. So what does this mean? Well, to put it simply, it means that we are taught not to love ourselves. We are taught by our peers and society that our bodies have to be a certain way, that our hair has to be a certain way, and that we can not love everything. But Paislee has taught me, that I don’t have to lose those parts of me. I can remain care free, and love myself and everyone around me if I choose. I can choose to not let what others say to or about me impact my soul. Oh, and I can have all the stray kitties I see. You can schedule a session with me here.

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