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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Anniversary + Photo Session Giveaway!

I didn’t really wake up knowing it was the anniversary of my blog. It was when I logged on to Facebook and saw a “On This Day,” post that I realized. Holy shit guys, one whole year. To be even more honest, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I usually don’t last once I start these ventures, as I can easily get distracted and overwhelmed. However, this, I stuck with. I know that some of you have stuck with me too, which is why with this anniversary I have decided to give back. As you all know, or at least, should know by now, I started Holmes Photography. Photography has been a passion of mine for I don’t know how long, and with my mom buying me my first DSLR camera for my birthday, I decided to try and do it more professionally. One thing that I have learned is that photography can be a powerful thing. And with my sunflower session being a huge success, I decided to add that in as an option within the next couple of weeks. It won’t be an expensive session, but I aim to help people get through whatever self-love rut they are in, whether they have been struggling recently, or for a good part of their life. I love showing people how much they are beautiful sunflowers. That’s part of the reason I put my blog through a rebrand. So many people were struggling with the very same things I am, and I figured everyone could use someone that resonated with them. Since then, I’ve had people message or text me to tell me how much they had been through, and how they were learning more about themselves each day. It just warms my heart knowing that I am helping people. So I want to help even more. I am giving away 2 Sunflower Photo Sessions. Two people will get the chance to experience what’s to come with my Sunflower sessions. These sessions will last an hour, and the winners will receive any and all photos that are not throwaways, blurry, and that meet my expectations for professional quality. The minimum number of photos the recipients will receive is 10. They can be at any location in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia, and must be redeemed between June and August. The giveaway will last from April 19, 2017 until May…

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When there are clouds but no rain.

There may be clouds, but it may not rain. We all like to believe that every single day is a win for our self esteem. That no matter what happens, we are always able to pick ourselves up and still say we are beautiful. However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, it’s just too hard. The thoughts are too strong and no matter what you do or what you say, nothing ever helps. Sometimes, there are clouds, but no rain. What I mean is, we as Sunflowers need water to thrive. We want to grow strong and vibrant. Beam with confidence with knowing we are beautiful. That water can be something simple like someone giving you a compliment, or you having the ability to give yourself water by telling yourself how awesome you are. What’s tragic is that some days, no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get the water we need. When I first decided that I was going to work on how I viewed myself, my boyfriend was a huge part of that. He has watered me every single day that we have been together. Even when he just looks at me like I’m the only girl in the entire world I feel so beautiful.  However, there were days when I would see what my friends looked like, or was on Instagram and went through all the celebrity pictures and it would kill me inside. “Why don’t I look like them?”, or “How can I change myself to look like that?”. And unfortunately, no matter how much water he poured, it was like it was stuck in the clouds. They got darker and darker, but it never rained. Let me tell you, those days were horrible. I would barely talk. Anything I wore was ugly, anyway I did my make up was tragic, and anytime I looked in the mirror I would pick apart every single piece of me until there was nothing left. And some days, I just didn’t get out of the bed, and cried. The great thing about these days is they don’t last forever. It does eventually rain. The day does come to an end. You do keep going. What I wish everyone would understand is that working on you and changing the way that you think about yourself takes a lot of growth. It doesn’t happen over night. That’s the best…

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Little Black Girl from Norfolk

Who is this girl? That girl being me. For so very long I struggled with my identity. I constantly wanted things that apparently normal little black girls didn’t want. I wanted to listen to music that people with my skin color didn’t listen to. I was attracted to boys who weren’t the same skin color as me, and I primarily dressed like a boy, probably from the many years that I was told I looked like one (I still do get mistaken for one at times). I was tormented everyday for wanting these things. I was told that these weren’t things that I should want. That I was white. Like one color could define what a whole ethnicity acts like. I was branded as things like “Oreo” and the “white sheep” of the family. People would look at me weird when I told them the things that I liked, and when ever I said I had a boyfriend I was consistently asked, “Is he white?” Like any of that matters, right? Well, it mattered to me. I cared so much about what people thought of me that I tried hard to change. I wanted everyone to be proud to know me, and to love who I was. So I changed and changed and changed, until about freshman year in high school. I would be waking up in the morning and having no clue who I was or what I was even in to. I hated all the music on my MP3 player. I wanted my hair to be longer, and flow. I hated everything in my closet, and for goodness sakes, who the hell am I talking to in my inbox! I’m not even in to him! I was having a severe identity crisis. I wanted to listen to my favorite song and sing it loud for everyone to hear.i wanted to wear that outfit I loved, I wanted to straighten my hair so I could wear it down. I wanted to talk to that guy I’ve had a crush on since the 3rd grade. I wanted to be me. And I started to not care what that meant to other people. I wanted to be confident enough in who I was to face my peers through out the day. Slowly but surely, I gained that confidence. I grew out of the little black girl from Norfolk, and became Catherine…

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