••• It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable with others. ••• . I applaud every single human who walks through my doors. You all have such courage and ferocity, a fire within yourself to be vulnerable like this with me. Boudoir is not easy. It's not comfortable - both in a physical and emotional way. Physically, I'll ask you to do things that you think no way in a thousand years would it ever look sexy.... but it does. Emotionally, it's taking down barriers of who you think you are- and me showing you someone different. I want to show you what you look like to others. What you look like to your partner, the softness and sexiness. What you look like to your friends, the fierceness and compassion. I want to show you what others see when we are *all* (yes, me too) too busy looking at our flaws. Thank you, for being vulnerable with me. I promise, it will change you, somehow, someway... someplace.
••• Expect the unexpected, and always be ready – everyone has inside them what it takes to be successful. You just have to be ready to unleash it when the opportunity presents itself.
••• . Sometimes the unexpected gifts you the best reactions. Like this photo! I fully believe that half the job of a photographer is waiting for the right moment. Whether it be the right light or the right angle, the magic will always show itself. You just have to pay attention! And it helps when you have adorable subjects that are crazy in love!
••• I'm too busy working on my own grass to see if yours is greener. ••• . . Just when I was going around talking about how Hawaii is the most beautiful place I've ever been, this shot I took at @alexchalkleyboudoir's wedding this summer at Moraine Lake (in Banff National Park!) in Alberta was like hold my poodle... 💥💥💥 . . And like, holy gorgeousness, Whitney! 😍
••• Say yes to new adventures. ••• . When was the last time you slowed down and truly enjoy your life? Spending the last few weeks in Hawaii and challenging myself to become an even better photographer and business owner was one of the most rewarding experience I've had in a while. 2019 was intense. When I decided to re-brand Someplace Images last year and focus on growing myself and my business in the ways that I was passionate about, and not in the ways that people expected me to, I think that something awakened inside of me. Owning a business is HARD. Growing it is even harder. But being able to pour myself into what I truly love makes me feel like the luckiest person every day. Being able to refresh and refocus myself in order to be better for my clients is one of the smartest things I've ever done. I feel like I can provide more of myself and my passion with others (and avoid the dreaded burnout!). Sometimes you just need to SLOW DOWN and ENJOY life. ❤️
But have you ever seen a more beautiful cake in your life?! 😍🤤 @rebelpioneerbakery knocked it out of the park for this styled shoot @thunderbirdlodgelaketahoe. I can't even begin to fathom the insanely gorgeous creations Mollie gets to personalize for each individual wedding. I know that a lot of people say oh, well no one eats the cake at weddings these days, but I am 100% team wedding cake. Not only because it's a chance for wedding photographers to catch a quick break 😉 but because dessert is the literal best part of any event! I still dream about the naked cake with whipped cream and strawberries from @jazzbuttz’s wedding nearly FOUR(!) years ago!! What's the best dessert you've ever had at a wedding? 🎂 . The dream team for this shoot: Photographer: @someplaceimages Venue: @thunderbirdlodgelaketahoe Creative Director: @bethanydfrediani Gowns: @thelawbridal Cake: @rebelpioneerbakery Jewelry: @bellapetuniajewelry Tablewares & Vintage Rentals: @luckyburro Linens: @latavolalinen
••• There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. ••• . . Sometimes a simple prop is all it takes to have a suuuuuper effective shot 🤩👓💋🔥🔥🔥 Not to mention one of my FAVORITE eye makeup looks of life and a strong, confident MEGA babe to pull it all together and make for one fire boudoir session @mack_n_zz 😍💗
••• Keep your eyes open. Keep your heart open too. You never know who you’re going to meet and what they will mean to you. - @morganharpernichols ••• . My favorite shots of couples are of the quiet moments before the wedding, or in between the ceremony and reception, when the bride and groom can have a few quiet moments to themselves. 😍 Never underestimate the value of a little alone time on your wedding day! I can’t stress the importance of scheduling a first look or minimizing bridal portraits in order to spend a moment with the entire reason you’re all there that day: you and your beloved. ❤️ Also can we take a second to appreciate @mrs.delgado.vxii’s incredible arm definition in this photo?!? 😍🔥🔥🔥
- 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗖𝗧 - Every year I pick a word that I try hard to embody throughout the year. Yesterday's stories went through a few of them... In 2017 - Hustle. In 2018 - Bold. 2019 - Thrive, which turned into Grow. For 2020- Connect. I want to connect more intentionally and deeper with my clients, my couples. I want to connect with new groups, new friends and old friends. I want to connect more with the plus size community, more with the travel community, more with the wedding community. I want to connect through educating and conferences. I want to connect more womxn to their inner beauty, power and soul. So tell me, how can I connect with you best? Is it here on IG, or on Facebook in my group? Is it in person, if I host body positive events in all the cities I visit? Where can I connect with you at conferences, in podcasts, in places you spend time? Tell me all of them because I'm looking for any and every opportunity.