Healed People, Heal People-

Do you ever have one those times where you feel like you finally see the growth in yourself that you were after? This whole week, I can finally see the fruits of my labor of healing past hurt.

 I’m not here to ever call someone out or EVER say I don’t have imperfections, just that if you are self-reflecting often, and learning not just who you are but WHY you are, you can stand face to face with a huge trial and know your character is at peace. It’s been one of the most rewarding feelings as of late. 

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 Without detail, not to be vague, but to be kind to people… I had a huge hurt recognized that someone did. It was and is extremely painful and I want to touch on it just to share something I needed personally in my life, and that was to feel at peace with myself. The last couple years have been trying to say the least. A friend of mine even said “I have to believe you have such good things coming with all that’s happened.” And as much as I don’t want to ever have a hardened heart, I’m not sure anymore. However even with the left and right swings at my strong soul, starting to break me down, I worked diligently on self-love, reflection, and who I am the ugliness and good.. working on it all. When this thing happened, I did get upset, and we have the right to get hurt and upset when something awful happens. We also have the right to set future boundaries and guard our hearts. But after just 2 days, I realized that forgiveness is what was needed on my end, even if the other party felt it was undeserving. I believe in our most unlovable times, it’s when we need love the most, however like I said boundaries have to be set, and actions have to be taken immediately. I used the saying  “hurt people, hurt people” but today I read and.. “healed people heal people.” And I can say without a doubt I am a healed (but always working on it ) woman knows to the depths of her heart that it’s at peace. I like who I saw in the mirror and through that, I saw strength as a woman in myself I hadn’t before.

The only thing about forgiving quickly and helping in return is guarding your heart,.. “for it’s the wellspring of life.” Sometimes forgiveness also means things have to look different than they did. And that’s okay.

 My hope is that you don’t read this as bragging or blaming other people but that when you’re at your lowest, depression, anxiety and somehow you keep getting thrown trials, you can at the end of the day know you’re a healing person and out to make the world a little better, at peace with your character when no one is watching.  As I re-read Captivating for the unknown amount of times, the words of how a woman is strong but in a uniquely feminine way pops out at me. A little blurb about women…”inviting, vulnerable, tender, embodies mercy. Fierce and fiercely devoted, strong minded and a strong heart, the crescendo, astonishing work of God.” A beautiful reminder, and more and I more I see how being tender and vulnerable kind and forgiving is much stronger than the opposing behavior. 

I’m encouraging you once again to dig deep so you can feel your character becoming one of loyalty, honor, goodness, and full of peace.



**I want to add in the saying everything happens for a reason. As a Christian, I firmly DON’T believe in that. I believe we can turn past trials into something good, but I don’t believe we were destined and given by God some extreme pain. Instead I know people are imperfect and we get hurt. But we can use it to show love.

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Shanna Star

Rosemary Beach Bachelorette party!

Because when is a photoshoot with some of your best friends NOT a fabulous idea?! 

To say these women knew how to throw a bachelorette party in 30A is an understatement! They came prepared with some of the cutest props, drinks, gifts, and matching swimsuits- ready to enjoy every moment in the sun! 

A gorgeous house for the weekend in Rosemary beach Florida and had it planned perfectly with surprises for Ashley every step of the way! Even during the photoshoot we went down to the beach to find another surprise, a sand castle made in her celebration! These women are SO much fun and so sweet, I couldn't resist doing a few shots with them ;) 

Here's just a few of the many favorites and why it's such a great gift for the bride to have a photoshoot with all your girls! 

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Congratulations Ashley! You are your #gettinnazty squad are amazing women, so glad I could be a small part of the celebration! 

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Shanna Star

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Panama City Beach beauty portraits

“Women that rise. You see the strong women who rise after falling, after hurts, after tragedy. What they have in common— they’re feeling machines. They deal with their issues and recognize central roles that relationships play. They stay curious on how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected. The willingness to lean into discomfort and vulnerability.” (Rising Strong by Brene Brown) Women have their portraits taken for hundreds of reasons, each is their own story. And each story matters, because each woman matters, but one reason is it is a part of a healing process. It’s a way to say “i matter, i have great value, and i am worthy of feeling beautiful, strong, and brilliant.” 

Love is the last thing we need to ration, and when women realize self love is part of that too, something wonderful happens, she rises.

Here are a few favorites from Elexa's portrait shoot on the beach. Not only did she rock it in front of the camera in Rosemary beach, 30a and Panama City Beach, she brought some loved ones that had her rolling with laughter and cheering her on in the background. Adore her and the time we had together!

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Shanna Star

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Part of my mission statement for you- empowering women

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I was lucky enough to grow up with a mom that encouraged and believed in me, and from there I continue to cultivate my confidence daily with books, goals, creative space, and people who breathe kindness into me. 

After seeing how not only powerful it is to be confident, but how necessary it is, I want to give that to my clients. I’m a boudoir and love photographer. But looking around they come a dime a dozen. i may have 10 years experience and i know i’m solid at my passion behind the camera. i know how to encourage women during and help her see beauty she overlooks. But it’s more than that. i want to give you the tools to continue on with confidence and self love. our session may be a moment in time, one i know you’ll look back on and remember your confidence and beauty but i also want you to build on that yourself. i want to encourage reading books that motivate you, and change your perspective, start having a positive mindset on women and empowering the ones around you, to know how important it is to have women in your life to help you keep going when times are tough, and i want you to know i’m here even years later and you just need  a place to lean on and remind you once again how lovely and enough you really are.

Yes, i want you to love your photographs, but more than that, i want you to love yourself.  And i’m here giving tools to encourage your heart and even help you connect with women who are like you. 

Big dreams are in place over here to make it an even better experience for you. 


I see your light, Keep Shining

Shanna Star 


panama city beauty portraits on the beach

Panama City Beach Florida has only been my home for 9 months, but like I tell people I think I was always a beach girl, I just never lived by the beach until now. It's my place I feel refreshed, motivated, relaxed, and most at peace. When I want to feel inspired, and where I go to take some time alone. 

I'm extremely lucky to not only be able to consistently meet new strong women because of my profession like the one below!- but it helps me reflect on the strong women I most look up to. There was never even a thought that I couldn't own a business if I wanted to and be successful doing it. What I wanted and desired was always an option as long as I could work hard. I think this stems from my grandmother, Corrine who showed what a hard working successful woman looks like. she built several businesses herself and left one to her daughters to carry on. something I realized lately was how she didn't get stuck. when her passion changed, she changed. She stayed on top of needs and saw what could be successful in each place she moved. she was a strong, smart woman and I'm so thankful I was brought up to never doubt my abilities and what I could be as a woman. I read book after book how family often will be the ones who doubt your dreams as an entrepreneur but the women before were entrepreneurs and I think it led me more than I even know today. 

in the short time I had with Kat, her work ethic and determination shows. she's a beautiful and smart young woman and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Already so proud of how she's going after her dreams. Below is a few favorites from the session, and I'll also attach her link at the bottom so you can follow her on Instagram! 


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follow Kat on Instagram! Katherine.rose


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Shanna Star