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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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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The One Thing You Need to Accomplish Anything

No, it isn’t magic, pixie dust, or luck. It’s actually something extremely simple and anyone can do it. All you have to do, is believe. No, I am not kidding. That is literally the secret to success. You see, it’s the backbone to anything you wish to succeed in. You will accomplish nothing if you do not believe you can. I mean, why are you even bothering yourself with it? You have a dream that you want to open a pastry shop, but don’t believe you ever be able to. You don’t believe in your ability enough to get that pastry shop one day. So why bother with having the dream? Seems silly really. I am a firm believer that if you believe in yourself nothing else will matter. Now I could be totally wrong about this. You may be in a situation or may can think of a situation where believing in yourself did nothing for you. That’s okay, I am not here to discredit you. All I am saying is, I had a dream and if it weren’t for me believing in myself, I would have never gotten there. (You and read about that journey here.) Granted, a lot of crap happened and I ultimately had to give it up, but I still made it there and even got the t-shirt. So it works, you just have to allow it to. You need to want to do for yourself before you expect it from others. Did you know that a lot of people have their own lives and will usually use that as an excuse as to why they don’t have time to care about yours? That has actually happened to me A LOT.  Want to know what helps? When you believe in yourself. People want to know that you are confident in yourself before they invest time in you. They want reassurance that you aren’t just depending solely on them. It’s kinda rude, I know, but it’s just how some people work. But can you really blame them? You want all of their time, but you don’t even believe that you will succeed, so why should they? well they should, but the point here is so should you. Whatever your dream may be. Whatever goal you may have. It’s awesome, because you’re awesome. Don’t just let it stay a dream though. Believe in your ability, your strength,…

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