Before and After - Avery Baum

“On a beautiful day in Spring, she came over and we made sure to give her a day to remember. She had her hair and makeup done, was pampered and had her very own Portrait Session done!
And boy did she shine! This stunning and bright young girl was an absolute natural in front of the camera. “

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Featuring Galaxara - On Quitting 9-5 and becoming a full-time artist!

“My creative side was fueled in the time I felt bad or in doubt - which was quite often. My art was the drug that calmed me down. I could deep dive into other worlds where responsibility and worries couldn’t reach me.
And, when I started to post on social media and also found people who wanted to support me and loved me for who I was, it became very clear what I had to do.. “

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Before and After - The Beautiful Mary!

“Today, I want to show you guys a Before and After portrait. It is important to know, that just like the celebrities, you have a team behind you when you step in through my door. Together, we will make sure that you are pampered and well taken care of by having your hair and makeup done by my excellent Makeup Artists. Between that, the lighting and the posing, you will be made to look like the very best version of yourself!”

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Let's talk about body image

“So that day, standing on the beach, teaching Rachel about cameras, shutter speeds, apertures and ISO, everything came full circle. She was literally holding a mirror up in front of me.
I saw the images, and parts of me cringed. Not because they were bad. Frankly, they came out gorgeous (in my own opinion) but all of my flaws are so apparent in them. The things I severely dislike about my own body, not to say hate, is right there for everyone to see. There is no hiding. And I have been trying to hide for so long. “

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Before and After - The Sparkly Hillary

“They come in in the morning, free from hair products and makeup, full of nervousness and sometimes even anxiety. But when they leave again they have undergone such an enormous and beautiful transformation. Through photography, they get to see themselves in a completely different and new light! They are Super Stars shining so incredibly bright and I always advise them that now is the time for a trip out and about. “

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4 Steps to Clarifying your Message through Portraits

“Body language is often an underestimated subject when it comes to business portraits, no matter if they are traditional headshots or images for personal branding.
Sometimes, the message that you wish to convey to your future client is completely lost. Sending out a strong and clear signal to your potential customer can be the difference between success or failure.

So how do you go about making sure that your message reads loud and clear when you decide to have photography done for your business?”

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I overcame my anxiety when flying

“Mental illness is such a tabu. You don’t talk about it despite the fact that so many people go through crippling situations on a daily basis. Even taking a shower can for some people take hours. Not to mention getting the groceries.
We fear death in that moment  panic hits us. It is illogical and unreasonable. We know the truth, that we won’t die, but we cannot comprehend it truly. We believe it is coming for us and getting over on the other side seems like an impossible feat. We feel abnormal and weird. Alienated from society and we don’t know any better, because no one is telling us this has become normal. “

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Why a little bit of selfishness is good (and why kindness has everything to do with it)

“Being kind to others is incredibly difficult when you are hurting inside. Treating the cashier at the store to a smile and some light conversation, or even a ‘thank you’, can be so very hard when all of you is hurting and aching, when you feel like you are just a shell and that you have lost purpose and meaning.
When we are hurting, we have a tough time caring about anything else but the hurt that are eating at us.
I don’t know about you, but I know it rings true for me anyway.
We grow numb and walk past the smiles and we only see our own pain. In our misery, we come self-centered. “

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I cried (and it wasn't pretty!)

“It’s interesting, sometimes you watch a movie that moves you so right into your core. It bring tears to your eyes and evokes emotions to a beautiful degree.
Usually, the tears are just running silently, as you are watching and emphasizing with the moments you see on the screen.
Well, tonight I watched Coco. A Pixar movie, that if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to do so…..and I cried.
Not the pretty kind where one perfect tear, silently falls down and caresses the cheek.
Nope, really not like that!
Let’s face it. I ugly-cried. Snot-running, puffy, red eyes, out loud, hysterically, passionately, sorrowfully.
It wasn’t pretty. You can ask my husband.”

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The Beauty of Motherhood (Who says it can't be just a little Glamorous?)

“He was so cute! He ran around the studio (which also happens to be my house) butt-naked and laughing to his hearts content. He wanted to run around and play and wasn’t too content with having to sit on his mother’s hip, keeping him from running around. He actually ended up peeing on my floor twice (fortunately on the tile, so easy cleanup), but I couldn’t care less. “

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