“Always leave things better than you found them”

Meet Kimberly, the stunning mother of two girls (Presley and Gracelyn… her husband LOVES Elvis!). Kim is a retired probation officer, full-time Supermom, and Entrepreneur with Arbonne. Fun fact - she just earned a BRAND NEW MERCEDES! While Kim absolutely LOVED her job as a probation officer (she’s always been a helper, fixer and strategist), she is still able to use her passions and skills with Arbonne and help people be the best version of themselves by taking control & transforming their health & finances.

However - her DREAM job is neither of those! Kim envisions her life as a professional organizer, tackling the world one room at a time and helping people clear their clutter. SIGN ME UP!

In Kim’s spare time, she has a love hate relationship with the gym so sometimes she’ll go, sometimes she wont! She also loves organizing and having things in places they are easily located and put away. I’d like to adopt kim to live with me!

She also loves to scrapbook and make crafts- which is about as relaxed as she may get. She has a tough time slowing down! Kim is a sushi lover (much like myself, yay!) and if you buy her a drink, go for the hard liquor!

IF this busy mama and entrepreneur can catch some time to read, she really enjoys personal development books.

One of her favorite quotes is:

“Always leave things better than you found them”

Kim admits that her insecuries are with her body— it's an ongoing love and unlike relationship, however she is workign towards self love by daily gratitude & affirmations and surrounding herself with like-minded and inspirational people. Just being around Kim for her shoot was incredible and if she can attract friends and a network as uplifting and positive as she is, she is set for life.

I asked Kim what message she wishes to share with her 13-Year Old self and this is what she said:

“Life will be amazing. These experiences will grow you into an amazing and strong woman. This too shall pass.”

Kim is inspired by her parents and grandmother. Growing up, she recognized that her father never complained and always looked at the upside and her mother was always there for her and taught her how to be competent and to take care of things when she’s on her own. Her gram had incredible listening skills and so much unconditional love to spread (plus she made some killer chocolate chip cookies.)

Having this photoshoot done was a way for Kim to take a step oustide of her comfort zone and try something new. She was amazing to work with and honestly we couldn’t stop laughing the whole time. She is an incredible person to know and I’m thankful I had the opportunity!

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“I want to see myself in a different way.”

This beautiful woman is a July baby (summer like me!) and currently lives in New Fairfield CT with her husband of 9 years although they are high school sweethearts- so they’ve actually been together for 19! Together Kelly and her husband have a beautiful 6 year old daughter and a 4 year old son.

Kelly is a waxing specialist who is living her dream by owning her own salon which just became a reality this past year!

When she isn’t engulfed in the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurship, Kelly enjoys having lunch with friends, shopping or going to the park with the kids (primarily family time). To her, relaxing is snuggled up with the kids watching tv. (She really loves the Chicago series!) Kelly is a tea drinker and her all time favorite meal is spaghetti.

What brought Kelly into the studio was my 30-Women-Over-30 portrait series. She’s never been comfortable in a 2 piece and is very self conscious of her stomach and legs- but she is working on looking past that and loving herself - every single part of her. She wants to see herself in a different way and she wants to know that she can be and IS sexy. Sometimes seeing yourself through someone elses eyes (like my lens) is just what you need to realize your beauty.

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Live this life for you and no one else.

A Pisces born on March 3rd, is typically definded by their intuition, sensitivity and self-sacrificing qualities. This rings true for Kaci both in her life and career. (While she’s an office manager, she also volunteers as an EMT which requires both intuition and self-sacrifice!)

Kaci lives in Moosup with her newly wedded husband and she has become a step-mother to a beautiful young girl, plus she's got her own handful of fur babies including 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 goats and 17 chickens! Yes- you read that right!

When Kaci gets ANY spare time between her jobs and life, she enjoyrs reading (anything by Nora Roberts) or Crocheting, but mostly watching tv with her husband (her favorite series is Greys Anatomy or FRIENDS!)

Kaci is a Coffee, Hard Liquor, or Wine kind of gal (not all at the same time though!) so if you want to delight her with a beverage, those are your options! Also - a girl afte my own heart, she LOVES pasta. Just writing that, now I want to eat soem!

Kaci (like SO many of us women) has had major self-confidence and self-esteem issues over her life. She’s never found herself attractive and has always thought people disliked her. She is working on changing her mindset and loving herself more by doing things like this photo shoot and daring to do things outside of her comfort zone. If she could pass a message onto her 13 year old self, Kaci would tell that girl:

“Do not care so much about what people think. Just be yourself and those who don’t like it do not need to be in your life. Live this life for you.”

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

I already love this beautiful woman just by knowing that her birthday is the same as my first child’s AND my anniversary with my husband. That is a sign in itself that she was meant to cross my path! Oh- if you were wondering, her birthday is 09/03 and she’s a 90’s baby! She currently lives in Salem, CT with her parents, siblings (and their fiances) 2 cats, 1 rabbit and 1 hedgehog. (Now imagine me take a HUGE breath of air after saying all that! Her life sounds busy just at home, now imagine adding her work life to the mix?! She works as an EMT (which we all know can be hectic if you ever watched Chicago Fire — by the way that’s her favorite bingeworthy series!) but she’s always dreamed of working with animals. (I believe if she puts her mind to it, she’ll be there one day!)

When Emily is not working, she enjoys taking Krav Maga classes and hanging out with friends, but if she just needs to purely relax, she’s perfectly content with taking a hot bath, reading (her favorite book is Harry Potter!), napping, going for walks, or hanging out with animals (she’s your modern snow-white!)

If you wanted to suprise her with a hot cup of goodness in the morning, it’s NOT going to be coffee! You better show up with a tasty mug of Hot Cocoa - and if you are invited over for a get together, hold the wine and bring the hard liquor ;)

If ice cream counts as food, this would be Emily’s all time favorite meal. NO JUDGING HERE!

Emily’s favorite inspirational quote:

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

Emily has been traveling on a journey of self love and self acceptence and this includes her commitment to using a skincare routine that works for her (I can attest to this as I just started a routine myself too that I love!). There is something about taking 5 minutes morning and night to show a little love to your skin and body. Emily has also been trying to improve her personal health by eating better and being more physically active but she is also learning to love her body more as it is (THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!)! Another big step in her journey was when she began to work with Becky Mashuta and her Sapphire program which is teaching Emily to love herself more and take care of herself!

As I do with all of my clients, I asked Emily what message she wishes she could tell the thirteen year old version of herself about self image, and she responded with this:

“You are beautiful and loved, no matter where you are or what you do.”

Emily is inspired every day by everyone who loves her and everyone she loves. Her parents have a beautiful marriage, her siblings are successful and loving, and all of her friends support her no matter what- and this connection and relationship to all of these people is a huge part of who she is today.

The reason this amazing woman decided it was time to experience a portrait session with us was because she was diagnosed with depression/PTSD several years ago and she has been through therapy, hospital stays, medications, etc. She finally feels more at peace with herself and she’s learned so much about herself since then. She wanted to treat herself by celebrating her mind and body with this photoshoot - and I’d say she rocked it, wouldn’t you?

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“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Besides my family, my biggest “WHY” in photographing women is to give them a safe space to celebrate, to strip down, to feel empowered and to reconnect with themselves. They have an opportunity to see themselves through the eyes of everyone around them by what I am able to capture through my lens.

This rings true when I had the honor of working with this stunning mother of two boys, Jennifer, another amazing woman who stepped up to be a part of my 30-Women-Over-30 portrait series in which I am showcasing real every day women in their glory.

Jennifer is an 80’s baby born October 5th, making her a Libra. A Libra born on October 5th is perhaps most well-known for their thoughtfulness and always seems to be helping others and displays great patience in doing so. I felt this in every moment I spent with Jen during her experience with us- she had such a kind spirit about her and so incredibly patient and down to earth!

Jen is a phenominal single-mom living in Brewster, New York with her 2 young boys, ages 8 and 5. They are her life and keep her incredibly busy in between her job as an insurance company manager. Although her dream job was to be a teacher or nurse, she fell into this field out of college and she hasn’t left since.

Her spare time is filled with whatever her boys have going on and it’s pretty rare that she gets a lot of free time to herself (so this makes us EXTRA elated that she chose to join us for a day to really take a breath and pamper herself).

IF Jen DID get more spare time, you would find her spending time near the water. It brings so much peace to her (and I can absolutely relate to this!) She is on the hunt for her ideal way to relax and is currently trying to get back into reading each night which allows her to escape for a while! If she’s in the mood for a netflix binge, you’ll catch her watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - because she can relate in a way to the main character!

Jen’s favorite drink of choice is coffee, and her all time favorite meal is… coffee?! Girl - she’s my spirit animal.

Jennifer’s favorite quote is by the great and powerful Oprah Winfrey: “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Jen has had an incredible journey over the past few years both emotionally and physically. She lived at an unhealthy weight for quite sometime, and when she went through two major life changing events (the loss of her father and her divorce) she realized there are things she can’t control and things she CAN. That was when she decided she needed to take care of herself. Jen took the step to have gastric sleeve surgery in 2017 and admits that this procedure has changed her life. She is now able to do things with her boys (run and chase after them) that she wasn’t able to before - and let me tell you (as a mom too) this is what life is all about- our children are EVERYTHING to us and to be there for them without limitation is SUCCESS.

“When my boys hugged me and got excited because they were able to wrap their arms completely around my waist is a day I knew I am getting better.”

Jen admits that it's hard to see herself the way she is now because she still has the image of herself 130lbs heavier in her head. She takes pictures often to show herself how far she’s come. It’s a journey for her but she’s growing every day through it and let me tell you, this woman is breathtaking.

I asked Jen what message she wishes she could tell her 13 year old self about body image and self-love.

“Do not let anyones view or opinions of you dictate how you feel about yourself.”

I wish someone could have told me that at 13 too. To this day I can still remember the kids at school making fun of my eyebrows and facial hair. I’ve never stopped tweezing since! It’s amazing how negative words hold so much skin in our lives.

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