Handling challenges with grace and self portraits

Panama City Beach women’s portraits-

I wouldn’t say I have handling challenges with grace down completely, usually a few (more like 50) calls to my mom and figuring it out before I can really face any challenge head on. But I will say this, when bad days hit I used to try to superman through them, to try to act as if they didn't exist but now I know they’re needed. So I read my book, journal, watch TV, probably cry, and know this too shall pass as long as i’m willing to go through the difficult times the right way.. and that’s straight through them; allowing you to feel down to be mad, sad, upset, and then healing and moving that process along. And no, it’s not as easy as that. for myself I learned to allow myself a couple days depending on the challenge to have a little pity party and then give myself a deadline when i’ll stop and start kicking butt again. But once you get through the other side, you can see how you handled it, and what your character says about you when it happens. And that’s the best part of challenges, when you’re proud of what you said, what you did, and how you forgave or moved on.

I’m saying all this to explain a few reasons for these portraits you may have heard on my instagram earlier this week. Yes I needed portraits for content, not being hypocritical when I tell women to get photographed often, and really to update all my platforms but the day it hit me was when I needed a little self love, I decided that day I needed photographs of myself. It’s exactly what I hope for other women, that it’s something that will help empower (and there are so many things we can do to empower ourselves, this is just one.) and look at the photographs and remember you ARE the strong, capable, sexy, smart woman you tell yourself you are. And what’s more, I think it’s important as we scroll through thousands of photos of women looking their best, we see photographs of ourself looking our best too. And yes i’m sitting in my pajamas in my bed as I write this, not at my best now but I can appreciate that day and feeling strong and it carries on even when the day has passed.

Im right there with you. I get hurt, upset, go through challenges and watch sappy movies, i’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and learned the best ways to deal with it or keep it at bay. Through working on myself and loving myself i’ve found what gives me strength and keeps me going daily for the things I want most for my life i’m designing. It’s why I push so hard for you all to read, journal, workout and be vulnerable too, it just heals.

so here’s to the women and men in my life, thank you. and now a few of my favorites of me on the beach, posing alone with a camera on a tripod looking silly as always and never caring. scroll to the bottom for a short video and behind the scenes!

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Panama City Beach Florida- Home to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, and if you step foot along the emerald coast, you’ll know exactly why as the soft white sand and clear blue and green water sparkle. It’s absolutely breathtaking. But it can also be really busy! Luckily it doesn’t have to look that way with your photographer. You can’t tell but this was a busy evening on the beach (I wasn’t at my normal spot right by my house which even during the busy months stays decently quiet) I want to share just a little behind the scenes video with Pam. Although it was a busier night, we got to spend the evening chatting and catching up and really spilling the details of our lives that seem to be ever-changing. Not once did it feel crowded, it felt like a date with a friend, and some fabulous photos in between. And that’s exactly how I want your session on the beach to be. Relaxed, fun, getting sometimes hit with some waves, and a product at the end that you’ll want to print and show off what an absolutely stunning woman you are, inside and out.

Don’t forget to check out the short behind the scenes video below

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Rosemary Beach Bachelorette party!

Because when is a photoshoot with some of your best friends NOT a fabulous idea?! 

To say these women knew how to throw a bachelorette party in 30A is an understatement! They came prepared with some of the cutest props, drinks, gifts, and matching swimsuits- ready to enjoy every moment in the sun! 

A gorgeous house for the weekend in Rosemary beach Florida and had it planned perfectly with surprises for Ashley every step of the way! Even during the photoshoot we went down to the beach to find another surprise, a sand castle made in her celebration! These women are SO much fun and so sweet, I couldn't resist doing a few shots with them ;) 

Here's just a few of the many favorites and why it's such a great gift for the bride to have a photoshoot with all your girls! 

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Congratulations Ashley! You are your #gettinnazty squad are amazing women, so glad I could be a small part of the celebration! 

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“Women that rise. You see the strong women who rise after falling, after hurts, after tragedy. What they have in common— they’re feeling machines. They deal with their issues and recognize central roles that relationships play. They stay curious on how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected. The willingness to lean into discomfort and vulnerability.” (Rising Strong by Brene Brown) Women have their portraits taken for hundreds of reasons, each is their own story. And each story matters, because each woman matters, but one reason is it is a part of a healing process. It’s a way to say “i matter, i have great value, and i am worthy of feeling beautiful, strong, and brilliant.” 

Love is the last thing we need to ration, and when women realize self love is part of that too, something wonderful happens, she rises.

Here are a few favorites from Elexa's portrait shoot on the beach. Not only did she rock it in front of the camera in Rosemary beach, 30a and Panama City Beach, she brought some loved ones that had her rolling with laughter and cheering her on in the background. Adore her and the time we had together!

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Panama City Beach Florida has only been my home for 9 months, but like I tell people I think I was always a beach girl, I just never lived by the beach until now. It's my place I feel refreshed, motivated, relaxed, and most at peace. When I want to feel inspired, and where I go to take some time alone. 

I'm extremely lucky to not only be able to consistently meet new strong women because of my profession like the one below!- but it helps me reflect on the strong women I most look up to. There was never even a thought that I couldn't own a business if I wanted to and be successful doing it. What I wanted and desired was always an option as long as I could work hard. I think this stems from my grandmother, Corrine who showed what a hard working successful woman looks like. she built several businesses herself and left one to her daughters to carry on. something I realized lately was how she didn't get stuck. when her passion changed, she changed. She stayed on top of needs and saw what could be successful in each place she moved. she was a strong, smart woman and I'm so thankful I was brought up to never doubt my abilities and what I could be as a woman. I read book after book how family often will be the ones who doubt your dreams as an entrepreneur but the women before were entrepreneurs and I think it led me more than I even know today. 

in the short time I had with Kat, her work ethic and determination shows. she's a beautiful and smart young woman and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Already so proud of how she's going after her dreams. Below is a few favorites from the session, and I'll also attach her link at the bottom so you can follow her on Instagram! 


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