Let’s meet the mom!

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This is the mom! Her name is Jennifer. She is a mom, sister, friend, wife, daughter, aunt and is just like any other woman out there in the world, just like you. She has a full time job working with kids and yes she is a special woman.

She spends her day working with and helping teach a room full of young kids then goes home to be with her own. She wants the best for her family and herself. She lives each day for others. She focuses on others’ needs and rarely on herself.

She came to us because she needed and wanted something for herself. Something that made her FEEL like the beautiful woman she is.

We did just that for her. We doted on her and gave her the experience of a day just for her! We got her in our makeup chair and went to work. She was like a model being prepared for a magazine shoot.

We gave her pampering like she has never had. We gave her a beautiful makeover and had some fun doing it. She talked with us about her life and we could see how much she does for everyone else and that made us all the more excited to be able to give this to her.

After about 45 minutes of makeup and laughs we started her session……(Lights, Camera, Action (sort of). Move, this way, look that way, wear this, smile, breathe, relax and let us coach you into the perfect position and we did!

She did so well and loved it so much she glowed! Her smile lit up the room and we made some fabulous images. We also gave her some fabulous memories, both of which will last her lifetime and beyond.

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This is the mom! Her name is Jennifer. She is a mom, sister, friend, wife, daughter, aunt and is just like any other woman out there in the world, just like you. She has a full time job working with kids and yes she is a special woman!

 

 

 

Here today and gone tomorrow

Here today and gone tomorrow…….

 

The day I took these images I was focused on getting some beautiful images of a local Senior in High School. I was set on getting images that she and her mother would absolutely love and will cherish forever.
 Earlier in the week I had passed this awesome field completely overflowing with this gorgeous red flower clover. All I could think of were images of a beautiful young lady with a glorious sun as a back light. I had my senior and I went for the field.
I was able to get the shot that I had in my head and my clients loved the results. They got some wonderful images in the field and I can’t wait to shoot there again.
About 2 weeks after I captured these images I drove back by that field that had these amazing flowers and the red was completely gone. All that remained was the field of green and where the flowers had been only brown. All that beauty gone so quickly.
As I look back at these images it makes me think and compare that field to the life of this young woman and her mom. During this time of graduation it makes a mom ponder.
She was born as the light of her mom’s life. Her mom loved her and raised her and taught her values that she would need to live her life and grow to raise another as she was raised. But all too quickly the time comes that they leave us.
Like this beautiful field of flowers they are given to us to enjoy and watch. We can only hope as they leave us that we have done what we need to do as parents. That we have given our kids all the information and guidance that they will need to continue on their journey as they make their own way.
It is a time of pride and joy, but also a time of sadness. As my daughter also graduates and leaves the proverbial nest these are my thoughts and prayers.

 

Interesting ideas

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This image!

We had a client recently, she was a lovely lady. We had our pre-consultation with her and it was a great conversation. She told us why she needed this and about her life at home with you 2 young children and up coming wedding. We could not wait to make this session happen for her.

In her words ‘she needed this’. Then she began giving us some of her ideas for the session. Most of them were similar to previous sessions. But then she mentioned her love of bow hunting.

She has been an avid hunter for several years (which I find fascinating, not a common practice for women). But it’s something she did and thoroughly enjoyed. Then she told us she really wanted a sexy photo that she could express this side of her in and she definitely wanted her prized possession in it……her bow!

At first my partner and I kinda gave each other that look. If you have a business partner, you know what look. The one where we try not to be obvious but buy each others LOOK we know what they are thinking and we were both thinking ‘what will we do with that?’.

But our client had an idea. She told us the look she was after and we shot it for her. We got this gorgeous image. It is not one I would have thought I would like but I actually love it!

It shows a gorgeous sexy woman who loves something that is typically a man’s thang and she owned it! She made this bow look sleek and sexy and all her. EMPOWERING! That is what we love about doing what we do. Empowering our clients and showing off their best selves.

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What can you get from a boudoir or glamour portrait session?

Okay we have all felt it. We wake up put on our big girl panties go take a look in the mirror and there it is………the girl that you are just looks back as a girl you don’t like. One you see as a boring, everyday, dumpy feeling girl next door and you don’t really like her. I hate to say but I would bet that women have more days of that feeling than the one where you wake up, look at yourself and know that you ARE THE BOMB!

We all have so many of those days and we deserve better! We deserve a day to get up, forget about the everyday activities of life and be pampered and feel good about well…..us.

This feeling is exactly the thing we love to tackle in our business. We photograph women in all walks of life, from waitress, to secretary, to business professional, to stay at home moms. Regardless of their  lifestyle, each woman we get has the same issues. These are all gorgeous women. But each one of them has something or even a lot of things they just do not like about themselves. Or they have been so busy on a day to day basis that they are never even able to dress their best or put on the makeup they know makes them look super hot!

That’s where we come in. The moment you make contact with us we are all about you. We meet you and get to know you. We see our clients as soon to be friends. We want to know what makes you exactly who you are. This way we can give you super service and give you exactly what you are looking for. We are there for you along the entire process. You can call or text us with anything you need to get ready. We will even help you with wardrobe should you need it. We want your session to be perfect for YOU!

On the day of the session as soon as you meet us you hop right into the makeup chair. We give you a look that you will love, whether it be a dark and sultry smokey eye or the more natural and airy look some women prefer. Either way, we will give you your best look for the camera (including some gorgeous eyelashes). We know what it takes to get that awesome shot! We will give your hair a bouncy lift or flowing curls for beautiful locks no matter the length.

Once hair and makeup are done we move to you first outfit and start your session. This is the point where if we do our very best to get you to relax and let us work. We will pose you from head to toe. No need for you to worry or stress because we got you!

This is an experience like no other and gives you absolutely gorgeous images. These images are something you will have for a lifetime. Anytime you are feeling less that perfect or in that dumpy feeling moment, just pull these beautiful images out and look at the gorgeous person you are! You will look at them and KNOW what a little love for yourself can do! So go ahead, do it! Contact us and let us do that for you. Let us give you this gift of a lifetime, you deserve it!                                     Fort Smith Glamour photographerAfterFort Smith Photographer

Lord, please help us……..

I am going to go off my usual topic here. I just want to say how completely upset and concerned I am for this United States of America our once great nation. First though, I must admit I AM A FACEBOOK COMMENT READER!. There I said it and I’m not ashamed. I don’t often participate but I read them and I read a lot of them. Even the replies to the replies of replies, yep, I dig that deep. This is a time passing exercise I have been partaking in for a few years now. It is some of the best cheap entertainment there is! I will read and sit in amazement of people on a daily basis.

Now here is my concern. I used to read these comments along with the back and forth banter and get a laugh out of different, off the wall things people say. Arguments back and forth of folks trying to be heard or backing a particular stance that was made and for the most part I would have to dig pretty deep in a very controversial post to find a truly heated and angry, knife throwing fight. But something has shifted. As I read now, on even the seemingly most innocent of posts all I see is HATE. It’s hate revolving around race, religion, freedoms, financial status, hair color, mental capacities, location and the list goes on and on and on and on and………..you get my drift now.

People are hating everyone around them because they are different. What I see are people trying with all their might to make others believe in or think exactly like them. They will use hate filled words, profanity and name calling to get their point across and if they don’t see eye to eye well, there it is, HATE rears it’s ugly head. We disagree; therefore, we must hate one another.

As I read it seems to me that people have become so SELF aware,SELF oriented and SELF involved that they can’t see past the nose on their face in order to feel or even attempt to understand anyone else. It has turned into a forum not for fun or mild disagreement or just to learn about what is out there but for making you believe how I believe. In the back of my mind I’m hoping some of it would never happen in a face to face confrontation. I think the safety of being on a computer in our living room gives us a little more courage to behave so badly. But all the anger I see and read can’t be contained for too long before it explodes out of the computer.

I do not understand why we can’t see each other as different, unique and important. Each an every one of us on this planet is here for a purpose (and it’s not to make us all morph into basically the same person). We have differences, we don’t have the same beliefs, upbringing, religion or even country. But do our differences mean we have to hate? Racial and religious tensions in this country are higher than I have seen in my lifetime (and I’m almost 1/2 a century old!!). It seems like only a matter of time before this country is completely divided once again, history repeating itself just one more time.

We as a human race have got to stop the hate and replace it with LOVE! Political correctness and tolerance seem to have done nothing but make tensions worse. We need to move beyond that and freaking LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR! If we could only figure this out. This is one thing I would like for us all to have in common! Just think if we love one another like we should, we could have that disagreement and it would be okay. What’s more, if I love you I will do my best NOT to hurt you. I will take your feelings and your needs into consideration. I will think of what my words or action are doing to you. I won’t degrade you, call you names or demand things from you that you aren’t willing to give.

It breaks my heart to see this great country treating each other so horribly after all, this country is just that….a melting pot of differences and part of what make it so amazing. The hate going on is toxic and creating so much separation that I worry it can never be overcome. I have 2 teen daughters and I fear a sad and dismal future for them if we can’t, as a nation, turn off all of this hate. I pray I do my part. I pray for my family, I pray for you my neighbor and my brother. I pray for your well being and safety and as for this wonderful country, I do pray that the Lord help us!!

I know this blog content has nothing to do with portrait photography, but I do hope it gives you some insight into me as the photographer and for what we believe as a business. If you like it, let us know. Comment below and give me your thoughts. I really wonder if I’m alone in my thinking (if I am it’s okay, I still love you!). Visit our website and check out our business, you’ll love it! Thanks for reading 🙂

Head shot, smed shot

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Head shots don’t have to boring do they?? And does it have to be just your head representing who you are?? This is something I have been wondering. Most often I see a head shot on a business card and they look like they are in an adult version of the old high school yearbook. They are so simple, plain, boring and it seems the business person in the image would rather be ANYWHERE than taking that photo, and from the looks of it I don’t blame them! What’s wrong with a photograph of a professional looking fun and actually being fun in the process? This is Kristi. She is an area Realtor. She came to us needing new images to update her business cards. We gave her a makeover and shot away and she looks absolutely gorgeous and she is! We gave her these as a couple of choices for her new card. I think they represent exactly who she is. She is a confident, strong and beautiful woman and these photos show anyone who looks at them exactly that. I love shooting images like this and it gives me the warm fuzzies (okay I have been known to tear up) when when women the images we create. They love them! And we love them too. When I need a new photo for a business card THIS is the kind of image I want. I don’t want to look stuffy and bored. Give me fun and bubbly, let the beauty shine through.

Be ye not ashamed

Well it’s that time again……….bikini season. How does that make you feel? After spending a long, cold winter covered up and warm it’s time to bare all and enjoy your summer in the sun. Unfortunately, for so many women, bikini season strikes fear at our very heart.  But why?

It’s all due to shame. Shame: a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute which is the lack of respect from others. In all actuality, do our bodies in a bikini deserve this much power? Why do we allow something so superficial and only skin deep have this much rule over our life?

Why do women have shame for the one body that is theirs and theirs alone? Your body has scars, it has dimples, it has marks, it has blemishes and it has no other copy. No two are alike, just like a snowflake, every body is different and like no other and it helps make you exactly who you are. And that my dears is NOT shameful.

I have come to realize most all women have a bit of cellulite they are not proud of, most all have a stretch mark or blemish that the owner does their best to cover up. And we cover up, why? So no one else can see! So no can look at you, see that horrible mark and look at you with……you know the word………SHAME!

Why as women do we do this? We need to be proud of our bodies and we need to look at other women and build them up. Stop the cycle of shame, be proud of your marks, dimples and lines. They make you the wonderful woman you are. They are a map to the life you have lived. The accomplishments of motherhood or the scar left behind from your body making a miraculous recovery.

Our bodies do not show the beauty that hides beneath the surface. They don’t show the wonderful personality that is what makes you, you. I challenge you…..next time you see a woman in a bikini and are thinking of why she shouldn’t be wearing it, make a cognitive change. Look at her and think what a beautiful person and be proud for her, be happy for her that she is not ashamed of the person she is and the marks that make her body hers.