It is easy to be hard on ourselves. To not believe that we are strong, fearless, full of power, beautiful. This is especially true when we only believe that people's lives are what we see perfectly curated on social media. We don't see their mess. Their bad days. We need to accept grace. We are ALL human. So stop beating yourself up! You need to accept your humanness, embrace it, and power on! Miss N is exactly at this place in her life. Accepting who she is, knowing her strength and beauty, and being fully confident in that.
You need to accept your humanness, embrace it, and power on!
"I'm at a point in my life where seeing myself in the inspirational light that Laura promotes seemed very beneficial to me. The ability to see myself through another lense than I'm used to."
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
Excited and curious. Self conscious about areas of my body that have gotten softer as I have aged.
How did you fee AFTER your session?
Empowered. Free. Inspired. Grateful. Connected. Open.
"When you meet a person that sees the best in you, you tend to want that person in your life. Laura is that person. Only she has the unique talents to capture the best of you and SHOW IT TO YOU."
"Laura's energy sets your soul on fire and it translates in her photos. To be able to see your self at your best physically (hair, makeup, outfit, environment) and also spiritually (expression, eyes, body language, etc) it's an incredible combination she has mastered capturing. If you want a vacation with incredible pictures- try 30 minutes to an hour with Laura. Amazing!!"
"If you want to capture yourself at your best, conquer your insecurities, and set your soul on fire- get with Laura. This shoot was incredible. Laura is not only incredibly talented at photography, she is an amazing person you'll connect with and enjoy your time with. The pictures I have from my shoot with Laura will always be a reminder of how feeling beautiful in your soul translates to film. If you want an amazing time, amazing photos, and to meet someone incredible- GET WITH LAURA!!"
READY TO CONQUER YOUR INSECURITIES? LETS CHAT!
Recently becoming a newly wed to her a wonderful man she has been with for 10 years, being a vet tech, and also a mama to many wonderful animals at home, Miss V needed something JUST FOR HER! When you devote your life and heart to so many things it is easy to forget about yourself and this boudoir shoot was exactly THAT for her!
Read about her experience.
"I always loved the idea of taking time for yourself to find your inner beauty and encourage yourself to explore something you might not necessarily ever do. The thought of this shoot being something just for me, to rejuvenate and ignite my inner fire was an idea I found courageous and exciting. I knew I had to try it."
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
In all honestly I could feel my inner light weak and my energy was average. I was ready for a recharge!
How did you feel AFTER your session?
I felt rejuvenated and excited, I couldn't wait to encourage others to experience what I just had.
"There is not one day that passes that I regret it. I love the idea that these photos froze a time I can always look back on and marvel in the best years of my life. Laura was so welcoming, professional, helpful and accommodating. When it came down to the actual shoot, I was a little unsure what I was going to do but with a little mimosa, support and encouragement, Laura helped me find my inner queen! I would hands down do it again."
Ready to re-ignite that inner fire!
Let's talk about anxiety and what a bitch it can be! Anxiety is not the same as fear. Anxiety is the general term of unpleasant or uncomfortable feelings associated with a future threat - an event that you have built up so much in your head that it can consume and overwhelm you.
Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration.
Often we allow anxiety to take over so much that we can never really enjoy being in the present moment. It robs us of our joy and peace. City dwellers have a higher risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Studies have shown that just by being around greenery, the brain quiets. You immediately feel calmer, less muscle tension, refreshed, blood pressure lowers, and you are more focused to make decisions throughout the day. And to be more science-y, by being out in nature it quiets the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain associated with anxiety and brooding.
Now that I am done with being technical and science-y, lets talk about this gorgeous babe featured! Miss A voiced about her high anxiety. It was something she dealt with on a daily basis, in her personal and professional life. Sometimes it would consume her, so much so that it ALMOST kept her from doing this shoot! The Seize Your Summer Boudoir Mini Event was the perfect opportunity for her try it out! And we are so glad she did! After being seated in the airstream for hair and makeup and having a mimosa or two, Miss A was relaxed as ever! It was hotter than hell outside, but Blush You Inc freaking ROCKED the makeup and its staying power and that boho braid! I could of died! Read below about her experience!
Read about her experience
How did you feel BEFORE your session? I felt very nervous, insecure, and not really confident.
How did you feel AFTER your session? I felt incredible after the session. I felt sexy and I didn't care what anyone thought. It made me feel better than I have in a long time.
"I felt like a total babe. It was incredible. If anyone is on the edge and thinking about doing this shoot, DO IT. You definitely won't regret it. You will feel confident and receive AMAZING images."
This hot mama is literally that! She has a beautiful daughter and the woman wakes up at 4 am every morning not work out!!! Holy shit, that is commitment and it shows! Her plan was to have a girls day and recruit 4 other beautiful ladies, but in the end it was just her! In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, "BIG MISTAKE! BIG! HUGE!" :) That's okay ladies I have a spot open for ya next time around!
Miss A had the luxury of a cool summer morning for her boudoir mini session! Great choice of being first since it hit over 100 that day! Hair and makeup from Blush You Inc and she ROCKED IT!
Oh My Gah! Look at that stare! Loved her energy!
HOT MAMA'S READY FOR A LITTLE R&R? LETS CHAT!
Being confident in all of who are seems easy enough, right? Until we wake up and hop onto social media and scroll through our feed, comparing ourselves to every body else! It is engrained in us to only show the highlight reel. It's not to say to we shouldn't show off all the good parts of life or the tiny little accomplishments throughout the day! But those tiny little victories are only PARTS of who we are. PARTS of our life. By embracing the ALL is when we are truly being set free.
By embracing the ALL is when we are truly being set free.
We stop striving for perfection, which is f'n exhausting by the way! It is unachievable! We stop beating ourselves up for our mistakes. You know what we start doing instead?
We start learning from them!
We start to accept them,
and grow into stronger more confident human beings.
And during this journey we find self-acceptance and authenticity. Through that authenticity is when we start to attract others with our humanness. We start to build a tribe. A tribe that doesn't give a shit about perfection or the highlight reel. They care about YOU.
That is exactly what being outdoors does for you. It forces you to clear away all the shit that doesn't matter and makes room for self-acceptance. And being outdoors for a boudoir shoot captures this. It is a chance to memorialize
a huge victory is your life, to remember the clarity of breathing in fresh air and embracing ALL of you.
This gorgeous woman right here just oozes of self-confidence. She KNOWS she is fabulous! She KNOWS what she has to offer. She knows who she is right now and who she wants to become. This outdoor boudoir shoot is a tool in her journey of embracing all of who she is.
Ready to confidently embrace ALL of you? Let's Chat!
OMG! First I am just going to state what everyone is thinking - LOOK AT THAT BEAUTIFUL GODDESS HAIR!
Okay! Okay! Now that I have gotten that out of my system, let's talk about finding balance in this crazy life! Abby is an old co-worker of mine and fellow photographer. She does beautiful senior portraits by the way! She is also in school full time, has a badass social life, and overall running around like a crazy person! When your day starts every morning around 4:30 am it is really easy to start feeling dragged down and beaten all to hell!
Solution? Taking some time for yourself, stepping outside, and literally letting that gorgeous hair down and JUST BREATHING! Finding work/life balance when the whole world is telling you that #hustle and #onthatdailygrind is a great thing, it is REALLY REALLY F'n hard! When you aren't constantly working then you can start feeling unproductive, not useful, and overall not so great. Plus who the heck takes the time to take care of themselves when waking up at 4:30 am every morning! NOT ME!
Abby needed a break. She needed some time to herself. An outdoor boudoir beauty experience was just that! Plus, whoever can do their own makeup and look that freakin beautiful is UH-MAZING! It is proven that stepping into greenery starts to re-wire the brain to function better. It literally starts to balance you out. Abby left her session with more clarity, ready to focus, and of course feeling beautiful and grateful for the break from all the hustle.
read about her experience below:
"Laura is an incredibly gifted and talented photographer. I had my session over the summer and it was such a great experience! She made me feel confident and comfortable during the photo session-- I was nervous at first because it was my first time doing something like this. We finished and I got some amazing photographs.. couldn't be more happy! Treating yourself to something like this will definitely make you feel more empowered and comfortable and make you realize how beautiful you are!"
Take a break from the hustle and book an outdoor boudoir photography session!
SEIZE THE SUMMER 2016 BOUDOIR MINIS!
Have you been wanting to do an INSPIRE boudoir shoot, but still haven't committed? Ready to take a break from all the hustle of life and get back to the basics of nature? Explore your own beauty in the elements!
So, why sign up for boudoir and feminine portrait minis?
Other than the fact that I am badass to hang out with, boudoir minis are the perfect way to TRY out something you may never have experienced before! The session is outdoors - an exclusive theme. Boudoir is a tool to bring focus and clarity back into your busy life. It is an experience of self-discovery and inspiration. Mini sessions are the perfect opportunity to explore your own femininity and strength through nature!
Seize the Summer Boudoir Event is ONE day only, August 7, 2016 - here are the details:
Exclusive Mini Inspire Luxe Products are also available for purchase at a 10% discount when purchased before/on session:
Mini session events are only offered on a few specific dates per year for those looking for more budget-friendly and/or looking to TRY out something they may have never experienced before!
SPACES ARE LIMITED so if you would like to take advantage of this special occasion, don't hesitate to book your appointment TODAY!
HOW TO SECURE YOUR BOUDOIR MINI EXPERIENCE:
Fill out the form below and submit. I will you email you a link to pay your $200 retainer fee that will be applied to your session balance, as well as the available time slots for August 7, 2016. There will be NO CANCELLATION REFUNDS for any reason made, but if you must cancel notify me no later than July 24, 2016. The retainer paid will be applied to a regular Inspire Boudoir session booked within the next six months.
A confirmation email will be sent once the non-refundable retainer is made and the remaining balance will be due at the time of your shoot. Following your session an in-person photo reveal will be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. During the photo reveal I will present YOUR VERY BEST 5 IMAGES. This will also be the time to choose your Inspire Luxe products and order.
DON'T FORGET TO ENTER OUR BOUDOIR MINI GIVEAWAY!!
Just click that little black tab at the top right corner of your screen to sign up!
I also will be hosting weekly giveaway contests on Instagram starting Monday, June 13 - Monday, July 4
INSPIRING WOMEN TO INSPIRE THEMSELVES
I have photographed Brittney often and every single time we have worked together, I get to know her on a more deeper level. This particular shoot I believe was the catalyst to our relationship now, talks about self-awareness and the importance of self-love. But that isn't just what amazes me about Brittney. What amazes me is her passion and kindness. Her determination to spread awareness of the invisible disease, endometriosis.
Brittney has been living with endometriosis and with no cure in the horizon, yet she still pushes on and is a huge advocate for the cause! Endometriosis is a painful disease in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman's uterus grows outside the uterus and sometimes begins to spread all over the pelvic region. It creates debilitating pain. Over the past year she has grown her social media following, been published, and is now a host for an up and coming media production here in Austin, Texas! She uses her platform as a model to spread love to her fellow endo-sisters and awareness to those who haven't heard of this disease.
When every single day not only takes physical strength but mental it is really easy to not feel beautiful. It is really easy to not even feel useful to the world when you can't leave the couch! This is when investing in yourself is the most important. To invest in an experience that will re-ignite that fire inside and inspire you to keep moving forward. To remind you that you are a gift to the world! To remind you that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Brittney has become an inspiration to the rest of the world and spreads her beautifully broken message. Her journey as a woman living with endometriosis leads to her greatness. It leads her to inspire other women that THEY ARE ENOUGH! She speaks it. She believes it. She lives it.
Her boudoir shoot did just that for her! It re-ignited that fire to keep her going. It re-ignited her message to the rest of the world. Not only that, but she had an album made for her husband as a thank you for all the times he took care of her and still continues to do so!
Make sure to take the time to watch her video at the bottom of the post about her experience! She talks about her session and the album she received in the first 5 minutes of the video! After that she is of course spreading her message!
Ready for your own boudoir session!? Let's Chat then!
This human being right here! This beautiful soul of a woman has QUITE the inspirational story and is already in month 4 of this journey. Years ago she discovered the World Race, an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries. It is a grueling yet awarding journey, carrying the entirety of your supplies and belongings in a backpack and traveling to very rural parts of third world countries. When first realizing that this mission trip required her to speak about her faith in front of groups of people she backed down. She thought she wasn't ready. She allowed fear to take hold from sharing her light and her truth.
Fast forward to 2015. She felt a tug in her heart to the World Race again. She prayed that she listened correctly and God was truly leading her to this adventure. She. Was. Accepted. The work was just beginning. This journey required a substantial amount of funding. Ali boldly shared the desires of her heart and asked for what she needed, donations of just $5 or donations equalling the amount of her trip!
If you feel called to donate, you can do so here.
Now I would like to take 100% credit for posing and directing this beautiful woman, but Ali is a model. It is through this platform her reach has broadened, spreading her message and leading people's hearts to support her journey.
My dream is this. This business. The idea of teaching women to inspire themselves so they inspire others. Ali is doing JUST THAT!
Ali's dream is to be of service to the entire world. To help build orphanages, stop sex trafficking, feed the needy. Her dream is to spread love and compassion so that it leads others to do the same. She almost let fear stifle the flame lit inside of her as a light worker, as a leader. She took a big scary leap of faith and trusted that God was working for her. She left her entire life as she knew it, plumbing, restaurants, heating and cooling, even a cozy bed, to follow the strong calling of a light worker. She was even told the average person gains 15 pounds while on this journey. As a model I can only imagine how hard it was to come to terms with this. She pushed past the discomfort. Sacrificing not only her body, but her career for the short term. But all of this was way bigger than she was. God was planning way bigger things for her. Bigger things then she could ever have imagined. If she would have let her ego get in the way, she wouldn't be jumping off cliffs in Greece or hiking in the mountains of Macedonia.
If you believe in this cause. The grandest adventure of all - finding your calling and trusting God is working FOR YOU - then follow Ali's journey. Invest in a fellow woman light worker, with words of support, prayers, or financially. You can follow her journey here.
Because even models need a reminder they are beautiful badass women!
Read about her experience:
What inspired you to book a session with Laura? Her work is phenomenal and I had to get in on the action
How did you feel BEFORE your session? Pretty good, a little sweaty
How did you feel AFTER your session? Like a sexy goddess who ruled the world and could do no wrong
On a scale from 1-10 how badass was your experience? 25
"If you're looking to feel even more gorgeous than you already are (because you're gorgeous ladies), definitely see Laura. She's quite literally trained in the art of "you're a bad ass". Not only does she produce extraordinary work, but she's a great human being, and you'll leave feeling like super woman."
READY TO PUSH PAST THE DISCOMFORT AND DREAM BIG?
Things always run much more smoothly when we surrender control. We are much happier for it too! Then why do we live our lives in so much resistance?
Ladies, we say no to opportunities that ignite our hearts because of what?
Fear of judgement?
Fear of the outcome?
Fear of losing control?
As women we are in charge of so many things in this life. It has gotten to the point that if we hand over one ball for another to juggle, then all others will fall. Surrendering that task and worrying about what the results will look like is just as stressful and doing the task yourself!
When I ask my husband to do the dishes I always end up finding them put away in the wrong place. And when I ask him to do the dishes, what I am really asking is for him to clean the kitchen. Don't stop at the dishes! Wipe the counters, clean up the crumbs, put away the spices, etc. When you clean the sink, everything else needs to be cleaned to. I have a hard time surrendering this task because I want the result to look a certain way, but if I come from a place of love and compassion for my husband - the fact that he is helping me out of love and compassion then I am happier. I can't control how he does things. I can only control my reaction and coming from now a place of love, I am happier.
Outdoor boudoir requires surrender. We cannot control mother nature. We can't control the temperatures, the wind, the glare of the sun, and we certainly cannot control how our body reacts to these elements! Our hair will go frizzy and tangle, our skin might burn from the sun, or goosebumps will appear from a cold breeze. What nature is asking of us is to relinquish control of the outcome and live in the present. Come into this experience with love. Trust me, your photographer. I will capture wild and beautiful images of you, despite the wind, despite those 5 pounds you wanted to lose, despite the frizz in your hair from the Texas humidity. You are surrounded by open space, trees, the breeze, and warm sun. Trees are not in resistance to anything. The longer you stay in their presence the more you will start to match their frequency. After time you will let go of the end result of your boudoir shoot. You will no longer worry that you curls have fallen or your mascara smudged. You are living in the present and it feels so fucking good!
"Nature is already living in the present state. It is in the frequency of presence. Trees aren't in resistance to anything. You body can match their frequency."