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Handling challenges with grace and self portraits

Panama City Beach women’s portraits-

I wouldn’t say I have handling challenges with grace down completely, usually a few (more like 50) calls to my mom and figuring it out before I can really face any challenge head on. But I will say this, when bad days hit I used to try to superman through them, to try to act as if they didn't exist but now I know they’re needed. So I read my book, journal, watch TV, probably cry, and know this too shall pass as long as i’m willing to go through the difficult times the right way.. and that’s straight through them; allowing you to feel down to be mad, sad, upset, and then healing and moving that process along. And no, it’s not as easy as that. for myself I learned to allow myself a couple days depending on the challenge to have a little pity party and then give myself a deadline when i’ll stop and start kicking butt again. But once you get through the other side, you can see how you handled it, and what your character says about you when it happens. And that’s the best part of challenges, when you’re proud of what you said, what you did, and how you forgave or moved on.

I’m saying all this to explain a few reasons for these portraits you may have heard on my instagram earlier this week. Yes I needed portraits for content, not being hypocritical when I tell women to get photographed often, and really to update all my platforms but the day it hit me was when I needed a little self love, I decided that day I needed photographs of myself. It’s exactly what I hope for other women, that it’s something that will help empower (and there are so many things we can do to empower ourselves, this is just one.) and look at the photographs and remember you ARE the strong, capable, sexy, smart woman you tell yourself you are. And what’s more, I think it’s important as we scroll through thousands of photos of women looking their best, we see photographs of ourself looking our best too. And yes i’m sitting in my pajamas in my bed as I write this, not at my best now but I can appreciate that day and feeling strong and it carries on even when the day has passed.

Im right there with you. I get hurt, upset, go through challenges and watch sappy movies, i’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and learned the best ways to deal with it or keep it at bay. Through working on myself and loving myself i’ve found what gives me strength and keeps me going daily for the things I want most for my life i’m designing. It’s why I push so hard for you all to read, journal, workout and be vulnerable too, it just heals.

so here’s to the women and men in my life, thank you. and now a few of my favorites of me on the beach, posing alone with a camera on a tripod looking silly as always and never caring. scroll to the bottom for a short video and behind the scenes!

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Panama City Beach women's portraits
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in no specific order i’m leaving you with some books i’ve loved this year. click below to order yours now!

Waffle Queen Wookies- and the inspiring entrepreneur!

You know those women you just click with? Well, I mean I might have stalked her online first and tried out her amazing products. but Im pretty much just obsessed with Sarah and so proud of her! I believe so much in her business, her reason, and her. I’m so thankful for her in my life and our coffee dates and meetings that refresh my soul and my business motivation. I could go on and on about her, but the bottom line is, she’s one of those encouraging, believing in other women and rooting for everyone- entrepreneurs and MAN do we all need more women like her in life.

We had one (of the many to come!) photoshoots showing off her Wookies Waffle Cookies (click that word to go to her website to order some.. you won’t be sorry!) and the Waffle Queen herself. If you follow Davista Photography on Instagram, you’ve seen this gorgeous woman, otherwise meet Sarah! one of my favorite people, love her!

Follow Sarah’s Wookie page on Instagram, and her personal page

Makeup by Mary Morgan

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only fitting to share a book from the lovely Cara Alwill Leyba for this post! It’s all about female entrepreneurs. Click below to get Girl Code and use my amazon affiliates code!

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intimate Beach Wedding- Tidewater Beach Resort Panama City Beach

What happens when it’s busy season in Panama City Beach for a small wedding? You can hear people from the balcony of the Tidewater Beach Resort clapping as the bride walks down the aisle and more so when they kiss after the “I Dos” and all I could do behind my lens is tear up. No matter how many weddings I photograph, there are just certain moments that get me. That was one of them, luckily I can hide behind my camera but it was beautiful. Close friends and family for the ceremony on the beach and then a party after but not before I steal the bride and groom away for a few minutes together as they stroll down the beach for portraits and kiss as the sun sets. Have I mentioned how much I love it here? Here’s a few from this lovely wedding filled with absolutely lovely people.

Thanks to the Wedding Shop for the beautiful decor, coordinating, set up, arch and more. click the link to view their website. They’re an amazing team and i’m so glad to be a part of it!

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bridal portrait on the balcony
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tidewater beach resort wedding
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grooms first look on the beach
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bride and daughter
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And as always, leaving a book I recommend! click below to purchase this great little book!

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A perfect day for a Beach Wedding- Panama City Beach Florida

An intimate beach wedding on the Emerald Coast, it was an absolutely beautiful day filled with loving family and an adventurous couple who wanted to get in the water together for photos, which is my favorite for sure! Thanks to The Wedding Shop they provide everything you need for your perfect wedding day rentals, coordinators and more!

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beautiful bridal portraits- bride in the ocean
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beautiful beach wedding

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A gift Celebrating You- Panama City Beach Portraits

My mindset of a woman’s age has changed over the last few years. I see women in the 30s, 40s, 50s + becoming more confident and sexy. No longer 20 (thank GOD) we start to stand firm in who we are and exude confidence without trying. Women become sexier with age, it’s something i’ve blogged about before and this woman is no exception. This fabulous, spunky, hard working, stunning woman visited from out of town and in celebration of turning 50 she worked her fabulous butt off. I love spending time with women through the portrait process. From our consult and chatting, to the makeup and hair, and really connecting during the shoot, I am so lucky to have a little insight to their big bold lives. Women I believe in and the conversations we hold are both light and full of laughter and sometime sharing past hurts and triumphs. What a beautiful thing, and I hope she looks back and sees the fiery goddess she is.

so in honor of this woman i’m suggesting two books on amazon (using my affiliate code) Daring Greatly and Great Rich Lucky Bitch!

Two Books i’ve suggested in the past but Daring Greatly is for men and women and if you check her out on netlfix, I guarantee you’ll love this author Brene Brown. It’s about her extensive research on vulnerability and it’s a must. Get Rich Lucky Bitch! by Denise Duffield-Thomas is another I couldn’t put down and really how it’s not luck it’s hard work but oh so worth it! so click the links above to get yours today!

50 and fabulous photoshoot
50 and fabulous portrait photoshoot
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gorgeous bikini photoshoot Florida
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drone photography on the beach

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