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SEEN on International Women's Day

SEEN on International Women's Day

I had something totally different that I had planned to write about for today. But, last night was, well, it wasn't a great night. It was a shitty night. I am an optimist, so before I finally fell asleep, I thanked God for all of the positives in my life (which are many). I still did not sleep well, so I was up before 5:00 a.m.

Get SEEN Issue #7 at  seeninprint.co

Get SEEN Issue #7 at seeninprint.co

When I checked my email, I saw something I've been waiting for for a little while now; SEEN Magazine Issue #7 was just released. THE issue, the issue with my first print editorial featuring Kara. So many emotions came flooding through me that I couldn't even look at it yet. I actually put my phone down and got all welled up. In that moment, I thought about all of the times I've been put down in some way shape or form, many of them recently.

It wears on you to feel like you're not good enough, even when you KNOW you are trying so hard. I want my children to see success that they can model, the kind that will bring them not just financial freedom, but happiness. I want to give them the world.

When I was finally able to chill my emotions a bit, I read Kara's editorial. It is beautiful; she is beautiful; her words are inspiring and her images, MY work, is beautiful. I did that, and it's in a magazine. Her story lifted me up today: 

"Being told you can't become the person you want to be is both heartbreaking and demoralizing. I knew I had to become a stronger person in order to block out this part and do what I needed to do for myself, and not for anyone else."

That hit me in my WHY: "You are worth it. You are worth happiness, you are worth love and acceptance for who you are and who you strive to be." You should not feel like you have to prove your worth to friends, family, significant others or anyone else. Know who you are, find strength in yourself and you will be successful. Every time I get behind my lens, my focus is to show you how strong and beautiful you truly are, so that you never forget, even when you are tested. And you will be tested.

So, Thank you Kara Halpin for inspiring me today, there's a photo of you under "beautiful" in the dictionary, I swear - make shit happen. Thank you for my dear friend and amazingly talented Makeup Artist, Claudia Frustaci of Ciao Bella Spa. Thanks to Cassie for your lighting assistance. Thank you SEEN Magazine for this editorial (and for it showing up this morning in my inbox, it was more timely than you know), thank you to all of you who support me, always.

Today is International Women's Day and while different people are honoring that in different ways (that include taking the day off), I am here, working harder, next to my strong, beautiful daughter sharing my accomplishment. Because I want her to see a strong woman and I don't want her to know what a day without me would be like. YOU BE YOU.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY.

Now, head on over to seeninprint.co and order your copy of SEEN Magazine Issue #7. Feel free to frame it if you'd like. 

BEST OF THE BEST

BEST OF THE BEST

“Master-Series-Taking-Sides”

I am HONORED to again be named among the top photographers in the industry as one of the Best of the Best. My series "Taking Sides - Just Be Yourself", was recently selected to the Master Series for publication on We Are The SEEN. 

Photography is more than just taking a picture; anyone can do that. The art of photography is understanding light: how to use it, shape it, where it is coming from and how it will shape your image. 

Continuously learning and reinforcing the skills of your craft can bring some pretty nifty rewards. I love learning not just for myself, but so that my clients may have the best experience and photography available. Proud to be named among the finest photographers in the biz.

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So, this is new.

So, this is new.

#justbeyondobsessed   

#justbeyondobsessed

 

It has been FOR-EV-ER trying to get this new look down. It really takes some time to dig deep, think about what I love and  how I want that reflected in my business - everything from the colors and design to amping up my level of education in my craft, beautiful products to display. I gathered all of these things that I love; that I am #justbeyondobsessed about, and fed them here. 

I think it more accurately reflects me and who I am as a photographer. I even changed my business name because, I decided that I didn't want to be like everyone else. That may be why I connect well with my clients: they want something different, but still them. Photos, that speak to who they are, who they want to be and how they want to be seen. 

AND BE SEEN YOU WILL! Not only by me, but possibly here as well! You never know when famousness may come-a-knockin' at your door.

I'm so glad that summer is here because there is still a whole heck of a lot of stuff that I am ready to unleash: new lighting techniques, lots of education, newly purchased pretty little things to wear for shoots...and the gathering of the "Mod Squad" a.k.a my 2016 model team. I'm planning on keeping my team busy with as much fun stuff, all year long, as I can dish out.

I am now booking senior sessions for the Class of 2016, as well as the rest of the 0-21-ish set. Bringing you not just a picture, but an experience, exclusively for you - from exclusively me. xo

Let's do this. 

Let's Roll //  car #selfie

Let's Roll //  car #selfie