When the Lens is Reflected Back {In Her Image Photography}

This is an overdue blog post. As the first year of my business draws to a close, I have so much to be grateful for and so much to reflect on. The picture in this post brings up so many feelings for me I can't possibly put it all into words...but I'm going to try. I recently had my third shoot with In Her Image Photography. This was to celebrate a special birthday...not going to tell you which one! Many of you already know I work closely with Tara and Heidi on many projects. It's such to joy to work with kindred creative spirits. I've seen their tiny business grow leaps and bounds over the past four years. They are truly an inspiration to me. The best thing about Tara and Heidi is not the beautiful art they create...it's how they build up women in general. I hate to say it, but this is a rare. Women helping women? Yes. RARE. And sad. They want nothing more than to see me do well. That's it. No ulterior motives. What you see is what you get and it's truly genuine and authentic.

Simply working with them has afforded me so many opportunities that I'm beyond grateful for. Because of them I have met and worked with so many inspiring woman, most of them small business owners themselves. IHI has carved out such a unique niche in the photography world. A niche that was obviously lacking, because they are doing WELL. It's more than gorgeous photos; it's an amazing network of women that build each other up. I can't wait to see what success future years bring to them. They have worked so hard and truly deserve every success that comes their way.

Running a business is hard. Not going to sugar coat it. They keep me going. They encourage me when things aren't going right. They believe in me when it's hard to believe in myself.

Back to the photo. It's hard to carve out time for myself. I work almost everyday. I spend so much time making other people happy and honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. I really do love what I do. It's hard to see myself as pretty. I pull my hair back and wear exercise clothes on most days. I film gorgeous brides slipping into amazing dresses and wonder if that's ever going to be...me. When Heidi showed me the dress she created for me, I cried. I couldn't believe that there was someone out there that cared that much to make something so beautiful for me...me. And yesterday at the shoot, I didn't want to take if off! I felt amazing.

When I reconnected with Tara after years of losing touch and met Heidi...oh sometime around 2009, I was broken. I can't describe it more that than that. Broken and lost. I feel like I have to share that because you need to understand the profound effect I feel when I look at the picture below. It's more than pretty. They have given me the inspiration and permission to say, "I'm worthy of success."

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Photo credit: In Her Image Photography

Makeup: Makeup By Brittney Lee