Seleena & Being Half Naked in a Field | Catherine Holmes Photography

“Give a woman pain and she ‘ll turn it into power. Give that woman chaos and she ‘ll create peace.” ― R.H. Sin We got half naked in a field. Well, let me clear something up: she got half naked in a field. Which for most people would have been intimidating as hell. Knowing that at any moment someone you don’t know could walk by and see you and all of your goodness. Luckily for me, Seleena didn’t really care. And boy, was it magical. It was so much fun watching her let loose and laugh. That is, without a doubt, when a woman is her most confident. When she can just have fun and embrace her body. Honestly, we can’t usually do that. There’s usually someone there that’s holding us back. We start caring way too much about what they think, and it gets the best of us. My goal was to never lose her spunk the entire session. I’ve known Seleena since 6th grade and she hasn’t really changed much as person. Knowing who she was helped me create a vision and a plan for bringing it to life. What was amazing was watching as the shoot went on, the more confident she became. What we ended up creating was saucy, body positive, “whimsical” magic. I say whimsical in quotes because of this gem: Moral of the story, every single one of us should get half naked in a public field. Check out more from this saucy sessions below!

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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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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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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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