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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!

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

A perfect day for a Beach Wedding- Panama City Beach Florida

An intimate beach wedding on the Emerald Coast, it was an absolutely beautiful day filled with loving family and an adventurous couple who wanted to get in the water together for photos, which is my favorite for sure! Thanks to The Wedding Shop they provide everything you need for your perfect wedding day rentals, coordinators and more!

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A gift Celebrating You- Panama City Beach Portraits

My mindset of a woman’s age has changed over the last few years. I see women in the 30s, 40s, 50s + becoming more confident and sexy. No longer 20 (thank GOD) we start to stand firm in who we are and exude confidence without trying. Women become sexier with age, it’s something i’ve blogged about before and this woman is no exception. This fabulous, spunky, hard working, stunning woman visited from out of town and in celebration of turning 50 she worked her fabulous butt off. I love spending time with women through the portrait process. From our consult and chatting, to the makeup and hair, and really connecting during the shoot, I am so lucky to have a little insight to their big bold lives. Women I believe in and the conversations we hold are both light and full of laughter and sometime sharing past hurts and triumphs. What a beautiful thing, and I hope she looks back and sees the fiery goddess she is.

so in honor of this woman i’m suggesting two books on amazon (using my affiliate code) Daring Greatly and Great Rich Lucky Bitch!

Two Books i’ve suggested in the past but Daring Greatly is for men and women and if you check her out on netlfix, I guarantee you’ll love this author Brene Brown. It’s about her extensive research on vulnerability and it’s a must. Get Rich Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas is another I couldn’t put down and really how it’s not luck it’s hard work but oh so worth it! so click the links above to get yours today!

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30a photoshoot on the beach- Davista Photography

Late April in Inlet Beach and such a beautiful night with this couple and their sweet baby girl on the way! Since this evening, their bundle of joy has arrived, and i’m so thankful we were able to get together to get some fabulous photographs. Not to mention how absolutely GORGEOUS Jennifer is to capture! She even had her hair and make done at Pure and Couture Salon in Destin to feel a little extra glam and ready for the photoshoot showing off her bump!

Just want to share a few from this night, congratulate this sweet couple and even share a book that is great in all aspects of life and every relationship you come across. Although I don't have kiddos of my own, the best thing I can give is advice to continue to love and show love everyday and seeing this couple and how much they care for one another prompted me to share one of the first books that gave me a passion for self discovery, The Five Love Languages. If you’re looking for a book to read together as couple, to learn what your love language is, or even to find out about other friends and family, I can’t recommend this book enough. Click on the link to purchase right from amazon.

Congratulations again!

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Panama City Beach Bikini Photoshoot

What better way to celebrate your anniversary than with a surprise bikini boudoir photoshoot on the beach!? What’s even better is, he was coming down to Panama City Beach too, but she had a couple days so we could keep it a surprise! Ms. B was rocked her session, up for adventures into one of my new favorite spots on the beach (with all the greenery!) and also a little behind the scenes video i’m sharing at the bottom of this post! absolutely love this session with this fabulous woman

Hair and makeup by Stacy Alderson and my assistant for behind the scenes help Pam Rene. Follow them both!

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