"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

I already love this beautiful woman just by knowing that her birthday is the same as my first child’s AND my anniversary with my husband. That is a sign in itself that she was meant to cross my path! Oh- if you were wondering, her birthday is 09/03 and she’s a 90’s baby! She currently lives in Salem, CT with her parents, siblings (and their fiances) 2 cats, 1 rabbit and 1 hedgehog. (Now imagine me take a HUGE breath of air after saying all that! Her life sounds busy just at home, now imagine adding her work life to the mix?! She works as an EMT (which we all know can be hectic if you ever watched Chicago Fire — by the way that’s her favorite bingeworthy series!) but she’s always dreamed of working with animals. (I believe if she puts her mind to it, she’ll be there one day!)

When Emily is not working, she enjoys taking Krav Maga classes and hanging out with friends, but if she just needs to purely relax, she’s perfectly content with taking a hot bath, reading (her favorite book is Harry Potter!), napping, going for walks, or hanging out with animals (she’s your modern snow-white!)

If you wanted to suprise her with a hot cup of goodness in the morning, it’s NOT going to be coffee! You better show up with a tasty mug of Hot Cocoa - and if you are invited over for a get together, hold the wine and bring the hard liquor ;)

If ice cream counts as food, this would be Emily’s all time favorite meal. NO JUDGING HERE!

Emily’s favorite inspirational quote:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”

Emily has been traveling on a journey of self love and self acceptence and this includes her commitment to using a skincare routine that works for her (I can attest to this as I just started a routine myself too that I love!). There is something about taking 5 minutes morning and night to show a little love to your skin and body. Emily has also been trying to improve her personal health by eating better and being more physically active but she is also learning to love her body more as it is (THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!)! Another big step in her journey was when she began to work with Becky Mashuta and her Sapphire program which is teaching Emily to love herself more and take care of herself!

As I do with all of my clients, I asked Emily what message she wishes she could tell the thirteen year old version of herself about self image, and she responded with this:

“You are beautiful and loved, no matter where you are or what you do.”

Emily is inspired every day by everyone who loves her and everyone she loves. Her parents have a beautiful marriage, her siblings are successful and loving, and all of her friends support her no matter what- and this connection and relationship to all of these people is a huge part of who she is today.

The reason this amazing woman decided it was time to experience a portrait session with us was because she was diagnosed with depression/PTSD several years ago and she has been through therapy, hospital stays, medications, etc. She finally feels more at peace with herself and she’s learned so much about herself since then. She wanted to treat herself by celebrating her mind and body with this photoshoot - and I’d say she rocked it, wouldn’t you?

HMUA: Makeup by CG