I am so excited to finally share this awesome engagement session between Aliviya and Jordan! These two absolutely rocked their session! I LOVE that they took it up a notch with the formal attire. As always the Knoxville Botanical Gardens didn't disappoint. Give these guys some love!
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Today I was looking around on the interwebs for inspiration and came across this article in Magnolia Rouge (one of my favorite wedding inspiration sites).
These images are STUNNING. Absolutely stunning. I love the airiness, the light, but above all I love that these are unique. They are personal because they are telling a story. They bring the Bride's talents and passion into the session and it takes it to the next level.
I am a firm believer in the idea that you must do things for yourself first. While this may sound selfish at first, it's actually quite the opposite. For example, in an emergency situation on a plane adults are asked to first put on their own oxygen mask and then help their child. You have to make sure you are in a place to help others. Elizabeth Gilbert goes into this topic in her book, "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear." If you're into living creatively, I highly suggest you check it out. It's kind of my jam right now.
This is a lesson that I have really taken to heart over the past year as a new Mom. It used to be that I could push myself beyond my limits. I was notorious for pushing hard until I emotionally and physically crashed and burned. As a Mom though, I HAD to take care of myself first. I had to eat enough calories to breastfeed. I had to sleep when I could or I wouldn't later. I had to take moments of peace when I got them to stay sane. (Those should be HAVE since it's still ongoing!) But I believe these principals also flow over into our passions and our personal needs. Even if you do a selfless job like volunteering for charity, it has to be because you love it for you first. Otherwise you won't be able to give of yourself more and more.
So what the hell does all this have to do with getting naked and taking pictures? As I have stated many many times. Bare Sessions (or boudoir if you're fancy) are all about vulnerability, openness, and trust. And therefore they need to be for yourself first. You are giving of yourself, you are opening yourself up, and you are allowing someone else to see YOU. And I truly believe that is a beautiful thing to share. And SHOULD be shared. But if you are doing it because you want someone to see you a certain way, or to strive for perfection, or to be someone your not...it falls flat. Authenticity is the key to beauty in my opinion. Authenticity is what takes those images to the next level. So be you. Be true to yourself. Be passionate. And do it for you.
I'm catching up on some blog posts! Lately Anniversary sessions have found a special place in my heart. Engagement sessions are fun because everything is new and exciting. But anniversary sessions have such a deeper tone to them. There's something about celebrating the fact that you've made it through it all that brings everything alive. Nothing beats saying, "I choose you every damn day and I'm going to keep choosing you."
I am so excited to announce that I will be offering Bare Mini Sessions on January 23rd at The Hive! These sessions will include professional makeup by Katelyn Comer from The Skin Studio, 30 minute photo session, champagne and strawberries (because why the hell not), 40 high resolution digital files, and a password protected gallery.
These sessions are about loving yourself. I am passionate about boudoir and the confidence that boudoir sessions can bring. These sessions are all about inner beauty and badassery. I want to show the real you. The sexy you. The goofy you. The playful you. Just you. I do very little touch ups to my images. If you are looking for airbrushed images, I ain't your lady. However, if you're craving a fun time, a time to pamper and celebrate all that you are, you've come to the right place.
Contact me today for more information and to schedule your session. Time slots are limited!
It's hard to believe it's that time of year again! It's time to gear up for the busy holiday season and this means marking your calendar to get some holiday photos done. I'm so excited to be offering mini sessions this year at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens! Holiday Mini sessions are SO much fun. For me it's the beginning of the festive holiday season watching everyone dress up, enjoy some holiday goodies, and get into the spirit of the season. Sessions are limited so please contact me today to reserve your time slot!