I realized today that it was ok to celebrate me and that it was time to receive all that was given yesterday. From wanting to cancel the party earlier in the week to making it happen in less than 48 hours and knowing that I had a connection of some sort with each person who was there to celebrate with me, was such a magical experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything!Read More
Are you ready to get that “girl” back – the one who used to have fun; the one who easily shared her warm smile along with the ‘zero f**** given’ attitude!?
And, don’t misunderstand me, this isn’t about going back in time wishing for what was or what could have been.
It’s actually the opposite. It is all about looking to the future and the amazing possibilities that exist and the growth of the deeper part of our lives.
Wouldn’t it be fun to to learn how to play again? Like the feeling of being on a swing and touching our feet to the clouds and laughing with each back and forth.
And now the fun could be when we look up and feel confident with a smile and maybe even a flirtatious head tilt and laugh that goes along with it.
I mean, why not?
Flirting can actually be quite empowering and fun.Read More
“I resolved to finally have a photo session of my own.
I decided that it was time to “walk the talk”. I was always talking about showing up and being seen but I was also the one that was hiding in plain sight.
The night before my session, I panicked. I felt super overwhelmed, anxious, scared, and vulnerable. I tried to cancel, but that was not an option.
I tried to make sense of my feelings of vulnerability so I could understand why showing up felt so yucky. Why couldn’t I just wave a magic wand and make my anxiety disappear in a puff of smoke? It bugged me, but it made me truly understand the courage and strength the women I work with possess. I see women every day who boldly step through their own fears to start their own business, to get up on stage to speak and find their voice, to have the courage to get in front of the camera like so many have done with me.
And although women have always shared their vulnerability and fears with me before they get in front of my camera, I never truly understood it until I was the one being photographed. Being the photographer on the other side of the lens is a much safer place. Yes, I was empathetic to their feelings, but I never really got it until the day I did it myself.
Vulnerability is a place I don’t like to go. It’s a dark space that requires major trust, and love, and empathy of SELF. Oddly enough, I am amazing at creating a safe space for my clients during a photo shoot. What I had to learn to do was to create the same safe space for myself.”
That excerpt was written by me almost 5 years ago.
And it was eye opening.Read More
When I got a call from Andie late last summer, I was so excited! I remember thinking after we got off the phone, OMG, I want MORE of THIS kind of awesome, badass woman as my client!”
She was turning 40 in December and wanted to celebrate herself as she worked towards self-acceptance and confidence. She decided that she wanted two sessions - a ‘Celebrate You!’ and a ‘Natural Light Nudes’ photo experience and so we worked to make that happen!
We didn’t get a chance to meet for another few weeks but talked several times in between and so when I did finally see her in person, it was as if I knew this woman all along. And what I knew of her long distance was in fact, more than true in real life!Read More
Have you ever taken a moment to be clear about your business? Look at why certain things feel good and other things suck!? Recognize your unique gifts that you offer the world? Figure out what lights YOU the f*** up?
If you haven’t, I highly encourage you to do it!! You’ll be blown away by what you discover in the process!
These past few weeks have been have been an especially full of self discovery. I’ve felt again like I was chasing my North Star and had no idea where it was!
And unbeknownst to me, however, that North Star? Well, it’s been with me, in me, and the most integral part of me the whole time!Read More
I am so excited to share with you all the awesome things happening over here at Woman Redefined!
It’s so good to be back after such a long personal break and I’m looking forward to lots of amazing photo shoots and meeting so many of you badass women!!
Here are 3 things that are happening right now that I want you to know about!Read More
You know the one thing that you really want to do and it sits deep down inside of you and you always think about it but (at least for me), can’t get yourself to move forward on? Or you think others will judge you on so you ignore the nudges.
I had that “thing” for many, many years. Always wondered. Always doubted (myself). Always would dream about if I could make real “artwork”.
That dream for me had always been to photograph nudes.
I almost feel silly saying that out loud. It makes me feel super vulnerable and judged.Read More
Make no mistake, you are not alone when you catch a bad angle in the mirror and trust me, sister, I’ve been driven to tears a time or two myself. You see, I have always been able to see the beauty in other women but when I looked in the mirror, that same beauty didn’t shine through, instead I let destructive thoughts hold my self esteem hostage. I would tell myself I was disgusting, fat, undeserving of the cute top I was trying on. During my transformation, learning to accept my body the way it was played a huge part in who I became.Read More