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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!

Shanna Magnuson- davista photography- fashion nova
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Shanna Star

in no specific order i’m leaving you with some books i’ve loved this year. click below to order yours now!

Waffle Queen Wookies- and the inspiring entrepreneur!

You know those women you just click with? Well, I mean I might have stalked her online first and tried out her amazing products. but Im pretty much just obsessed with Sarah and so proud of her! I believe so much in her business, her reason, and her. I’m so thankful for her in my life and our coffee dates and meetings that refresh my soul and my business motivation. I could go on and on about her, but the bottom line is, she’s one of those encouraging, believing in other women and rooting for everyone- entrepreneurs and MAN do we all need more women like her in life.

We had one (of the many to come!) photoshoots showing off her Wookies Waffle Cookies (click that word to go to her website to order some.. you won’t be sorry!) and the Waffle Queen herself. If you follow Davista Photography on Instagram, you’ve seen this gorgeous woman, otherwise meet Sarah! one of my favorite people, love her!

Follow Sarah’s Wookie page on Instagram, and her personal page

Makeup by Mary Morgan

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only fitting to share a book from the lovely Cara Alwill Leyba for this post! It’s all about female entrepreneurs. Click below to get Girl Code and use my amazon affiliates code!

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Shanna Star

Panama City Beach Fitness Photoshoot

Be Fearlessly Authentic.

Where do I even begin talking about our fabulous PCB fitness and boudoir photoshoot? This woman is fierce. she knows exactly who she is, what she wants, and isn't afraid to go after it. She is about to launch some amazing things, and I'm so proud of her already! she runs a nutrition company and kicks butt. Her nutrition company uses local vendors and works closely with the clients to give their body exactly what it needs to start healing. I agree with her completely how much a good diet (not saying don't have that burger.. but a good balance) can heal more than we even know. 

She brought some fun outfits for our beach shoot, and every one was perfect! I also can't wait to tell you about Stacy Alderson (makeup and hair extraordinaire) couldn't have done it without her, she helped the entire shoot and went way above what I expected, and I think all three of our sarcastic comments made for such a fun night together. You should definitely follow both of the fabulous women I had the opportunity of working with, I'll leave their social media links below the last photo! can't wait till I can work with them again! 

here's a few faves ;) 

" May my heart be brave, my mind fierce, and my spirit free."

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Ladies, a gentle reminder about boudoir and beach photos. yes this woman is absolutely stunning, there's no denying it. But I believe EVERY woman is beautiful, with her story, and who she is to her core. So if you're not sure if you should get the session, I encourage you to try it out. I'm there to make you feel great and show off the assets you love and hopefully with a lot of laughter, maybe some tears, and heart to heart- just heal some small parts and see you as the fabulous woman you are. 

 

Follow Lacy on Instagram at fitwoo

Follow Stacy on Instagram Stacyalderson and Facebook

Follow Fit Woo Nutrition: Facebook and Instagram

White Marble Top: Buff Bunny Collection

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Shanna Star