2014 Model Search Finalist: Lacey's Story

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lacey s a wife, massage therapist and a mother to 3, ages 6 and 2- 2 year olds.  She was chosen as a finalist for our 2014 Emerald Studios Model Search, she is a real woman just like YOU!! This is her story and more images from her trial shoot with us: 

"As long as I can Remember I have had Self confidence issues. I struggled with my weight from young adulthood on, and never really felt "pretty" or like I met societies standards of beautiful. At the age of 25 I had reached a low in my life. I was focused solely on what I was NOT. I was not thin, I was not in a relationship, I was not a mother, ect... At this point I decided to have a weight loss surgery to assist with my long term struggle. Over about a year and a half I lost about 115 lbs. However the weight loss came with its own set of struggles. I still did not look at myself and see "beautiful". Instead I continued to pick myself and my body apart. Because of my inability to love myself, I found myself in a relationship with a man who mistreated me. I stayed in that situation for far to long, thinking that he was truthful in the hurtful and unkind things he said. After one of the many arguments we got into, he put me in the hospital with a broken arm. While there I found out that I was pregnant (something I was told was not a possibility for me). I didn't even know how to take this news. Now looking back I know that my son saved my life. He gave me the strength I needed to escape that abuse once and for all. I had not at that point valued my life enough to leave, but luckily I valued his. After escaping years of physical and mental abuse I decided it was time to throw away the scale I had obsessed over for so long, and change the way I looked at myself. I slowly but surely learned to love myself for who I was and love the way I look even if it wasn't the "normal" beautiful. Every stretch mark on my stomach is a reminder that I was able to carry a baby that I was not supposed to be able to carry. Every dimple in my skin was a reminder of the struggle I met and overcame. I started to look at what some would consider an "imperfection" as something that made me unique. Honestly, being a spokes model for Emerald studios would be an amazing opportunity. I would love for other women who may not think of themselves as beautiful to be able to look at me and see that beautiful is how you see yourself. Beautiful is how you feel, and every woman, no matter their height/weight/relationship status ect is beautiful in her own way. And that part of feeling beautiful is embracing yourself AS YOU ARE and loving yourself for all the good you possess. I also hope that some day, my story can help someone else who is in in a terrible situation find the strength to remove themselves from it. The photo I am attaching is one from the only photo shoot I have ever done. I did it for my wonderful and amazing husband who has been so so patient, loving and kind. He is a truly magnificent person and treats me like the queen every woman should feel like.  
~Lacey

TO VOTE FOR LACEY & SEE OTHER FINALISTS GO TO WWW.EMERALDPHOTOGRAPHY.INFO AND CLICK ON THE VOTING PAGE


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2014 Model Search Finalist: Deanna's Story

Deanna is a wife, massage thereapist and a mother to 2, ages 4 and 10 months.  She was chosen as a finalist for our 2014 Emerald Studios Model Search, she is a real woman just like YOU!! This is her story and more images from her trial shoot with us: 

"I want to show everyone that you're allowed to be beautiful and feel comfortable in your own skin no matter what size you are. I want to inspire confidence and I want to feel sexy and make other women, whether they are plus sized or not, feel sexy, too!"
~Deanna

TO VOTE FOR DEANNA & SEE OTHER FINALISTS GO TO WWW.EMERALDPHOTOGRAPHY.INFO AND CLICK ON THE VOTING PAGE


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2014 Model Search Finalist: Amy's story

Amy is a wife, domestic diva and a mother to 3, ages 20, 19 and 14.  She was chosen as a finalist for our 2014 Emerald Studios Model Search, she is a real woman just like YOU!! This is her story and more images from her trial shoot with us: 

"I believe that all women are beautiful and given the confidence they become even more beautiful. The sexiest part of a woman after all is self confidence. I usually don't make new year's resolutions,  however, this year I felt needed to be different.  Realizing that my self confidence and image of myself had hit an all time low.  Being a mother of three teenagers and having given almost all of myself to my family...I had found myself wondering what I had accomplished.  I have a college degree and have always considered myself to be intelligent...and had even begun to wonder if that was true.  At the end of last year as I began to take a look at the year that was about to be put behind me...I realized that I am about to graduate my second child this year.   Starting to get the empty nest syndrome again in the last two years...instead of feeling proud for what I had accomplished in raising two wonderful adults.  I began to take it personally that everyone was leaving me...what had I done wrong for them to want to leave so bad?  Then I woke up one day and said to myself...I am in charge of my own happiness!   I need to start taking care of me...I deserve it and I am  worth it.  After all how do I expect others to love me and treat me right when I can't even do that to myself.  You set the tone for how others treat you...and this year was going to be my year.  No more boo hooing...more celebrating me and my accomplishments.   Raising 3 teenagers, who in fact wanted to get out in the world and make their own way with confidence and excitement...is in fact a HUGE accomplishment!!!  I have lost 50+ pounds and am feeling better than I have in years...getting older and sending your kids into the world is NOT a death sentence!   It is in fact a new beginning or a rebirth of a real woman...a better woman!  I don't mind getting older, in fact I believe that all of the bumps, bruises and scars that I have gotten throughout the past 41 years are what makes me beautiful...they all tell a wonderful story about me that I don't want to forget about.  I would love to represent your studio for all of those wives and mothers who need to be reminded that they are gorgeous, worthy, and red hot sexy women whose lives are just beginning."
~ Amy

TO VOTE FOR AMY & SEE OTHER FINALISTS GO TO WWW.EMERALDPHOTOGRAPHY.INFO AND CLICK ON THE VOTING PAGE


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SUMMER FITNESS: GUEST BLOGGER MELISSA FILLMORE

Tuesday, July 22, 2014



If you follow me regularly you know that I have been working on my fitness this year. I tried doing it myself for several months but it turns out I am HORRIBLE at keeping myself accountable so I enlisted the help of my friend, client and personal trainer Melissa Fillmore. Melissa helped whip me into shape last year and after just 2 months with her I have already noticed a big difference! (someday I will post before and afters) As a busy Mom of 5, yes I said FIVE, Melissa has a unique perspective and gives us a great reminder for summer fitness, also check out some images from our recent pinup shoot!

As the weather hits higher temperatures and the kids are home for weeks of what seems like a parent’s endless need to entertain, we shouldn’t forget a most important priority……ourselves.
Summer may be busy but it’s not the time to let ourselves go. Fitting a workout in doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cause extra stress. Work it into the activities you already have going on. Go swimming with the kids. Mow the lawn. Go for a walk before it gets unbearably warm. Play a game of horseshoes or Frisbee. You don’t have to go to the gym to burn calories. In fact, studies have shown that you will be more motivated to workout longer when you go outside.
Summer doesn’t have to be a time to completely let go. Eat sensibly, get up and move, and enjoy the sunshine. Be conscious of adding movement to your day, but be realistic. Enjoy the kids, and maybe one Pina Colada……..


~Melissa Fillmore, Personal Trainer, Fitness Model, NPC Competitor
www.melissafillmore.com



















Hunters and Carharts: Tricities Engagement Session

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I had such a fun time photographing this sweet couple in one of my favorite spots!  When they asked what they should wear for their session, I asked them what they normally wear and she said Carharts and tshirt and jeans.  I said wear that, I want you to be yourself!! For a little fun we paired her Hunter boots with her shirt dress, result: Adorable e-sess that fits them perfectly!!










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