A Survivors Story and Session

She is a survivor, a survivor of life. With a journey unlike the majority, her troubles started when she was just a little girl ina war torn world. it sounds like it should be a book, and it may very well be one day, for now, you can learn a bit about her journey through life and why she had a beauty session, and of course, enjoy the stunning  portraits! 

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas-The Nice List

Every holiday finding the perfect gift is hard. Even for holidays that people argue over being one-like Valentine's day. If you need some gift inspiration and some gift ideas to get you out of the flower and chocolates routines, we are here to help! CHeck out our list of idas, and your own after reading! 

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Date Night Ideas and What to Wear

Yes this is a family blog these days, and guess what, families need fashion help too! Especially us moms when we have an event or a date with our love coming up! Most of the time it will be family friendly fashion finds and "how to" type of fashions, but this week, the week before Valentine's day, we need to get planning on what we are wearing next week. Let's get started with the little black dress!

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Why Do you Want To Meet Me?

So you sent an email, or called me to find out more about pricing and about your session. I respond with some information and some questions for you so I can get to know you. I will also ask to meet up with you or set up a skype/google hangout or virtual meeting of some sort. I have on occasion been asked, Why? 

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How Old Do I have to Be for a Boudoir Photo shoot?

Here is a question that isn't in the FAQ section because we don't hear it that often, but I hear colleagues of mine get asked it often enough to officially address it. How old does one have to be, to be photographed in boudoir style, or How old is  "too old" to do a boudoir photo shoot? 

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International Launch with Obscurae Magazine

Last year you found JMI in Philosophie Boudoir Magazine for The Association of International Boudoir Photographers, this year, we haven't even made it through the first quarter of the year and i am so VERY excited to let you know, we can now be found in the awesome 1st Edition of Obscurae Magazine. An international magazine featuring artists that go beyond the fashion box-and really beyond all boxes-and embrace the unordinary while keeping it beautiful. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be apart of this, and look forward to seeing how the magazine grows. I will share with you the images that made it in the magazine and if you want to see how fantastic they look in the magazine themselves, You can check out the entire over 100 page issue at joomag. I start on page 50! If you want to purchase the magazine for $3, follow this link!

Thank you to the wonderful friends that allow me to create such fun pieces for them.

 

Balancing Act of a Business Mom and Organizing

Here's what my day looks like generally: Wake up. No Really, wake up. breakfast, teeth, kids-eat your breakfast. Sit back down! No cartoons, get dressed, brushed teeth. Homework..what day is it? ok, off to school. Don't run around, we are late again. Get in the car. Derek, get. in. the. car!  ok, start buckling up while i get Bre settled. shut door, Derek's side-Why aren't you buckled yet?" buckle him, then me. car on, music up-"Mommy, can you put on *insert song of the morning*" sing and laugh. Hope he doesn't fight too much when i drop him off. "don't go!" the mini fight begins, teacher grabs him so i can go. Always a fight. back in car more buckling, more driving, more singing. home. Bre's tv and play time, emails, work list...make list. answer questions. Remember to work on my book. Morning snack for Bre. diaper change. Man i really need to potty train this little chicklet. Ok, retouch work? get started. facebook distraction. work. oh crap, time to pick up Derek. Car, buckling, singing, driving, pick up, chat time, car again, buckles again, more singing. mailbox, lunchtime, Bre has nap time. Derek has game time. work. lightroom, photoshop, facebook, (obviously too much time spent there,) afternoon snack because my kids are 'STARVING!' (always hungry.) what is for dinner-i'll think about that shortly. sit down, work. photoshop. check emails, work. oh no. Dinner, i forgot dinner again....ugh frozen pizza! or raviolis or...ugh. dishes. gotta do the dishes. damn laundry-it never ends! ok Dinner for real. Hubby is home. Eat dinner, stare at the dishes wishing we had a maid and butler at all times. tubby time, brush teeth, kisses and hugs, it's 7-Bre's bedtime. Begin 20 min game of get out of bed and call to mommy until she comes back in for more cuddles. Repeat 1-3 times. Whew, breath. Derek's bedtime-who's night to read? ok, kids asleep...relax. Just kidding. Dishes. work. work. oh look a facebook notification...stupid distractions., work. cookie break. Back to work. ok, what time is it? oh crap midnight-i should go to bed...just edit one more...dammit 1am, how'd that happen. Bre's up-tuck back into bed. kiss on the forehead-goodnight.  

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Relaxing & Getting The Perfect Expressions during your Boudoir Session

So you have your session booked, (or maybe still thinking about it,) and you are thinking-holy shit, i don't know how to pose-what in the world am i going to do? Let me first inform you that your photographer should be prepared and very skilled in posing you, so you should have nothing to worry about! You will be given direction and coached and encouraged throughout the whole experience. Here are some tips to help you out as you relax and be a little more comfortable in front of the camera-because if you aren't a professional model, then you probably freeze up like the majority of the world does when a camera is pointed in your direction! 

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How Do I Get My Wife to Take Boudoir Photos?

When deciding on an experience to choose, decide if you want it to empower her or reconnect you with her, or both! Have something more in mind? Let 's discuss it further. Giving her the gift of boudoir while a gift for you, is a journey of empowerment and rediscovering confidence that you can only know once you have had your session! 

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Siesta Key Beach Photo Shoot

It was January and the perfect weather day right after a cold snap. Up north may have been freezing but down here the west coast of florida, it was in the 80s. The photoshoot was apart of our  (The Tampa Shutter Sisters,) monthly meetup. I don't know if there was a theme, but it was pretty girls in pretty dresses. There were 7 of us photographers total, and 2 models. Lucy's dresses adorned the fair skin of the girls, and we just had fun. 

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Maternity Monday with Ms Markie

Markie is not only a mom and mom to be, but the owner of the awesome hair salon,  Salon Agape in Palm Harbor Florida. She was super easy to talk to and it was a really great session overall. I had her throwing fabric, (biggest reason she thought i was a nut job, HA,) and the end result of some sunlight and fabric throwing lace curtains and more can be seen below.

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What to Wear Wednesday | Curves Edition

This week's what to wear edition is dedicated to the women with curves. I absolutely love photographing curvy ladies, and love it when a woman can embrace those curves instead of trying to hide them because some article some crazy person wrote about twigs being the new black or whatever...but i digress-and will get all crazy on a tangent if i keep on that subject-so back to the weekly what to wear. Showcasing all items from Hips & Curves  website (click to go there and see the awesome lingerie to embrace your beautiful curves.) The board was created by a wonderful member of AIBP, and it's so amazingly embracing the beauty of the curvy gal, i HAD to share it here. Please enjoy the what to wear Wednesday this week, we sure did! 

 Everything seen here can be found at hipsandcurves.com lingerie to bring out your inner goddess! 

Everything seen here can be found at hipsandcurves.com lingerie to bring out your inner goddess! 

The Opposite Side of the Camera | My Day as a model

We scoped out the dresses Lucy had fashioned, and went over the make up concepts and my heart kind of fluttered and the same time i was nervous. Having the camera(s) pointed at me in all seriousness was something new. I like a challenge though, so bring it on. I was in hair and makeup for 2 hours including the fancy airbrushing and hair skills of B. Moore Artistry then we drove with very dark clouds looming overhead to New college, and i sowre it was going to start downpouring the entire way there. It drizzled a bit and then simply went away leaving a perfectly cloudy sky. 

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