Her tattoo says "Even in Australia" and here is why!

This fun gorgeous lady is Sarah. Sarah is a hard working wife and mother of two and because her family takes priority to her, she very rarely spends money on herself. In the last year, with lots of diligence and effort she succeeded in her weight loss goal pulling herself out of her ‘own personal darkness’. Sarah had felt ashamed of her body for so long but recently she had noticed in a photo that a friend took of her that the light in her eyes and her confidence was back. So she decided that she must document this to celebrate all that she has accomplished! I just love what Sarah had to say about accomplishing her goal because it is so relatable: ‘I have a hard time being proud of anything I do, but I think I might be just a little bit proud of myself....’

Sarah should be proud of herself! She managed to completely adjust her diet and start her incredible fitness journey to reach her goal on top of being a mom, a sales rep for a food distributor and a pastry chef with a side business making the most astonishing and gorgeous custom cakes which she says is her true passion! I don’t know how she finds enough hours in the day, it is impressive to say the least!

Hard to think she could find much time for relaxing but when she has time to indulge in some ‘me’ time besides working out she enjoys binging some episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix or just scrolling through Instagram to take her mind of the craziness of the day. Although she isn’t able to fit it in as much these days, she loves to read, especially anything by James Patterson or Jodi Piccoult.

Sarah also loves her tattoos and it was great to have the opportunity to put some of them in the forefront of her photographs. They each have a specific and personal meaning to her and a majority of them include a quote of some sort.

She explained one of her favorites to me saying:

“I have the words ‘Even in Australia’ tattooed on my left arm from the book ‘Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day’. When my sisters and I were little, my dad would read that book to us all the time. Alexander is having a really bad day and keeps mentioning how he wants to move to Australia, and at the end of the book his mom says ‘some days are like that, even in Australia’. Whenever I'm having a bad day I call my dad and he always says to me ‘Sar - even in Australia’. It reminds me that this too shall pass. The tattoo is in his handwriting, so I carry his words with me everyday.”

What a beautiful reminder to have with you always!

When asked what she would say to her younger self about body image she said: ‘I guess be proud of the body that you have. Be grateful for all that it will do. Even though you don't feel beautiful on the outside someone will fall in love with what is on the inside. Your body is not a reflection of your heart.’

HMUA: Christen Gundersen of Makeup by CG

Sarah’s Testimonial:

“I cannot thank Sasha and her team enough for making me feel so special, beautiful and glamorous for my boudoir shoot. I have been self conscious about my body since...well, forever, and upon walking into Sasha’s studio my mind was instantly put at ease. She incorporated so many elements that I had envisioned, but didn’t necessarily think would turn out ok, and made it look effortless. My entire face hurt from smiling so much that day! Ahhh such a great experience!! Thank you thank you thank you all for making that day so so special!!”

This beautiful mother of two has discovered a new view of herself - she is beautiful and sexy!

Jessica was our very first woman to participate in our 30-women-over-30 portrait series. The purpose of this portrait series is to show the world that no matter what age, shape, size, story… every woman is beautiful and deserves to feel that way EVERY SINGLE DAY! Jessica wanted to have her portraits taken as a way to celebrate reaching a significant weight loss goal and what better way is there to treat herself!

This gorgeous lady is a hard working mom and wedding photographer. She started her career capturing newborn photos but quickly realized that her real passion was in weddings. Jessica has two beautiful children, as well as 2 cats and 4 chickens! She loves spending time with her kids and taking them to fun places like arcades and mini golf. Her all time favorite meal is Prime rib, loaded baked potato and asparagus (YUM!) but also loves being adventurous and going out to try new foods. When she has a moment to relax, she enjoys snuggling up in a warm blanket and watching a good movie.

Although, like many women, she is still dealing with some insecurities about her body, Jessica has worked her butt off, literally, and lost almost 40lbs and says she feels amazing! She believes that through this hard work she has been able to find herself and realize that she is sexy. I love that Jessica has discovered this new view of herself and that she is choosing to celebrate it!

Jessica’s favorite inspirational quote is ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and we couldn’t agree more. This outlook on life is so humbling, it allows you to take a step back and see a particularly hard time in your life in a different light allowing you a chance to overcome things you might never have thought possible!

HMUA: Christen Gundersen of Makeup by CG