Posts in Empowerment
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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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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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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My Steps to Self-Love (Let's try and make this happen shall we?)

“So why am I sharing all of this?
Well, I know I am a business woman, but first and foremost I am a human being. I need accountability in my life and I also feel like it is important to show the good and the bad sides of myself. It is what makes me whole as a person. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, these steps can help someone else who is equally scatter-brained and who needs some much needed motivation to start loving themselves again.”

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