“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!


“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!!! “

Nothing is more empowering to a woman than learning to embrace even the parts of ourselves that we considered flawed.

This beautiful woman is Lynne! She was another participant in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Lynne has been married for 20 years and is the mother to two daughters (18 and 15) and she is a stay-at-home mom or more appropriately titled: Domestic Engineer. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, explore new places and listen to live music. She also loves to relax by enjoying a glass of wine on her porch (we are both front-porch-enthusiasts!) and reading a juicy mystery novel. After years of taking care of everyone in her family Lynne absolutely deserves to have some beautiful, classy photos taken to celebrate herself!

Lynne told us that she really is happy with her body for the most part but, she has a hard time committing to staying in shape and feels she loses motivation quickly. Lynne says she naturally has an athletic build and could be in REALLY great shape if she committed to doing so and that is partly her motivation for participating in this shoot. When discussing insecurities she also admits that she had for a long time been very self-conscious about her forehead. She recently decided to embrace it and now she proudly wears all of her hair pulled back, away from her face, which she would NEVER have done before. Lynne says this makes her feel wonderful (There is a lesson for everyone in that!) Nothing is more empowering to a woman than learning to embrace even the parts of ourselves that we considered flawed.

If she had the chance to tell the teenage version of herself some advice about self image she would say: "‘Stand tall, because you are! Don't hunch over, or bend at the knee in photos, be proud of your stature, your long legs, your high forehead!’ Lynne also says that at almost age 47 she is finally taking her own advice (Never too late!). To cite Lynne’s favorite inspirational quote "Be yourself..everyone else is taken."

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

This hard working farmer and brewery owner traded in her work boots for a day of pampering and self-love.

This beautiful woman is Heather. Heather participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. She is a married and with her husband she has one daughter, 3 horses, 2 dogs, 3 barn cats anywhere from 3-25 pigs and roughly 12-300 chickens (Holy Cow!). Heather’s primary job is running her farm but she also helps to run 3 small businesses.

When she can find some spare time in her schedule she just loves to have fun. In the winter the farm slows down she enjoys getting out for a hike or checking out a brewery. She also loves her role as a snowboard instructor at the local ski hill! To relax she will go horseback riding, do Yoga or work on a DIY project.

Heather says that she always feels that she’s not enough as a mom, as a business owner, as a community member, as a friend and as a wife. This insecurity is one that strikes true with so many other women. She is working on these insecurities on a daily basis and says: ‘As for being "not enough" still trying to figure that one out. Every time someone thanks me, or tells me they couldn’t have done it with out me, how great my daughter is, how beautiful the farm is, how amazing my animals taste... they all chip away at that.”

Heather works hard to teach her daughter positive things about self image. She says: ‘I try to teach my daughter that it’s not fat or skinny, it’s healthy or unhealthy, fit, strong, those are what we want to be, not always worried about the scale. Once you start idolizing successful and intelligent people that are not movie stars, you start to realize what you look like matters way less.’

Similar to so many mothers out there, Heather admits that since becoming a mom she has put herself on the back burner. Her daughter is 8 and she says she hasn’t even been to a hair salon, so a little ‘me time’ to feel empowered is just what she needed so she decided that a portrait session was the perfect gift for herself!

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG