Beauty

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

This stunning red haired beauty is Dawn. She is a math teacher to 4th and 5th graders and she is the mother to two children, a 15 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. They also have a crazy black kitty named Charlotte and 5 month old puppy named Harley (Aweee!) Dawn loves to spend time watching her kids play sports and she also loves scrapbooking in her spare time. Her favorite thing to do to relax is to spend the day at the beach and crack open a romance novel or mystery.

Dawn also participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Although she had never considered something like this before, she saw some other sessions posted and the idea intrigued her. When asked about her insecurities she explained that when she was younger she hated her hair but now she has grown up and has learned to love all parts of herself. She decided to get her portraits done as a gift to her boyfriend of 3 years who she has known since kindergarten!

In a message that rings true for all women, Dawn said her favorite quote is: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

People Will Never Forget How you Made Them Feel {Amanda, 30 Over 30 Series}

This beautiful soon to be Mama is Amanda. Amanda and her husband are high school sweethearts (awe!). They have been together 16 years and are expecting a baby girl (their first) in June. Her husband is a musician and as if being high school sweethearts wasn’t cute enough he still writes her daily letters while he is on tour, how sweet is that!? Rounding out their family they also have two dogs, Ruby and Stella.

Amanda is a teacher which she has always dreamed of being. When she isn’t working she loves to stay active by walking, hiking and running. She also LOVES to read to relax, anything from mysteries to thrillers. She is inspired by this beautiful quote by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Amandas confidence is infectious, we asked about what insecurities if any she had and she told us that she tries very hard not to have any. She says: ‘It is better to be positive, love your own body and focus on the things that make you awesome and unique.’ Amanda works on this by not comparing herself to others and always looking for the positives in everything. I think we can all agree Amanda is going to be an amazing mom to her baby girl!

Love Yourself First.

Laurie participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Laurie has been happily married for 27 years, has three children and two grandchildren. She works full time as a Medical Assistant but her dream would be party planning and decorating. When she isnt working Laurie loves to spend time with her family and stay active by walking or Kayaking. She also loves visiting wineries and breweries! When she needs a little relaxation time she likes to kick back by a fire with a big glass of wine or take a nice hot bath (Im relaxed just thinking about it!).

Laurie believes ‘worrying is like praying for what you don’t want',’ so she tries to keep it light! Her favorite meal is Pizza and beer and she enjoys binging some episodes of This Is Us (I think I’ve cried to almost every episode of that show!).

Laurie decided to have this portrait session done as both a gift for her husband but also as a gift for herself to celebrate turning 50 and the 50 lbs she lost last year. She admits that she doesn’t feel that she has a lot of confidence and by choosing to do this photoshoot she’s hoping it will give her a little boost! That is exactly what we want all women to get out of having their portraits taken. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate yourself, feel sexy and beautiful and most importantly, confident!

We asked what she would say to the thirteen year old version of herself about self image if she had the opportunity and she said ”Be happy in your own skin, love yourself first and just be you.” A great message to all young women, loving yourself is a crucial step to building self-confidence!

Testimonial:

“I am beyond words for how amazing this experience was. From the moment I made the phone call to wardrobe selection to photo shoot and today the reveal...omg what an amazing job Sasha and her team did. I thought it was going to be difficult to look at pictures of myself since I’m the one who always takes the pictures to avoid being in them. They are absolutely gorgeous from the poses, lighting and lets not forget hair, makeup and videographer!!! Thank you all for making my day special and beautiful!!! “

This shop owner and women’s coach helps women increase self-worth daily.

Becky and her husband have been married since 2014 and together they have a greyhound (Pup) and two cats (Moqui and Fleur De Lis). Becky is living her dream by owning her own retail store and a coaching business working with women to increase self-worth (what an awesome job!). She stays active by going for hikes with Pup at Esker Point Beach. She also absolutely loves to read, her latest obsession is the All Soul's Trilogy by Deborah Harkness starting with "A Discovery of Witches". Becky says getting swept away into a wonderful story is one of the juiciest parts of living.

Becky is deeply interested in awareness training and mindfulness practices and loves to have her own versions of Sacred Ceremony which usually include candles, crystals, mala beads, and tea. She is most inspired in her life by this quote by Jim Carrey: "Your Soul is not contained within the limits of your body. Your body is contained within the Limitlessness of your Soul." Becky believes this beautifully articulates the truth of just how expansive and immortal the Soul is, and that our bodies are simply a device used to give us the ability to experience a human life. Our Soul's live all lives.

Becky has worked for years to honor the communication of her skin through natural remedies leading her to opening her own store, Becca Rose, which started out as a natural skin care store. She wanted to support other girls and women in learning how to listen to their bodies and what natural products it needs, how diet effects their skin (in good ways and bad) and in general well being and health. Becky has also recently dropped 20lbs which further deepened the fulfilling relationship she has with her body. She accomplished this by taking a step back and really listening to her body and what it needed and adjusted her diet accordingly and now she feels vibrantly healthy!

It seems only fitting that when asked why she wanted to have her portraits taken she said: ‘I loved your message about promoting self-love for women over 30. I wanted to be a part of sharing that message and encouraging more women to step into what it means to prioritize themselves! It has been my honor to be a small part of this mission.’

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

Car saleswoman by day, wine and burrito-lover at night, horseback rider all around!

Amanda is a hard working sales woman who lives with her boyfriend, two dogs and a cat. Her session was part of our 30 women over 30 portrait series. When she is not working she loves to go horseback riding or enjoy some time reading her favorite book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. When she has a free evening, Amanda will indulge in some wine paired with her favorite food, her boyfriends delicious burritos!

Amanda says about her insecurities that she is working on accepting herself the way she is. ‘Its about what makes you feel good and beautiful, not other people.’