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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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Shanna Star

in no specific order i’m leaving you with some books i’ve loved this year. click below to order yours now!

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!

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What makes you shine?

“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do it because that’s what the world needs is people have come alive.”- Howard Thurman.

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Starting reading my next book and love that already inspired feeling. It sets me on fire for what my passions are. And more than anything, I want that feeling for you, but I stated in one of my newest blog posts how that will look vastly different for each one of us. Not every one desires the same things I do, aside from I assume sitting in Panama City Beach, bikini on, holding a girly drink and basking in the sun. No? fine switch it to wine, maybe more of you will be on board. Passions and dreams don’t have to turn your world on its side or look like a completely new life far away, ditching the one you’ve built, but it doesn’t mean your dreams are any less important or worthy to be fought for. I truly believe we all have desires that were purposely placed in us and things we should go after, it’s the things that make us come alive. If you’re not sure of any of that exists in you, it’s time to dig deep and find those little sparks! They’re in all of us, we just have to discover or rediscover them

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Do you know why one of my passions is for other women to find theirs and to feel alive? I want to see more strong women and as become stronger, it just ignites that fire!- And here’s a little reminder to all of those putting off their dreams, goals, passions, desires… “Excuses don’t make strong women.” dang and ouch. We can talk the talk for years about what we want: careers, vacations, side hustles, hobbies, but the real no BS thing is this.. excuses don’t make you strong. I know there is a time for everything and i’m immensely aware of patience and getting through some hardships, but as someone who struggled with anxiety and depression and then went through a divorce, moved across the country and started over with no friends… I don’t really want to hear excuses. sorrynotsorry. Do you know what makes you strong? I mean that girly drink and relaxation time from above IS needed, rest in general and just existing is enough some days, I get it. But what will make you strong and learn and grow is going after the things you love. Whether it’s a side hustle of a new hobby, or finally jumping into a career you’re nervous as heck about. Life is way too short to keep waiting for the right time, because if you keep waiting for the right time.. it’ll never come. We’ve got to make it happen. I’m not saying overload yourself with being “busy” i’m talking about being productive. Baby steps are inevitable, and it will take some work and maybe some frustrations, but it’s so worth it when you feel your heart racing and you know you’re shining from the inside because you’re talking about YOUR passions.You are doing the things you’ve talked about for years.

I want more strong women because I feel strong. I have weak days and insecure days don't ever think I don’t, but I know who I am, what I want, and I am taking the steps towards it. It feels amazing to know the things set in my heart.. my purpose, are things i’m doing. It builds us stronger to fail (oh and I do! but it’s not even failing, just learning) and move towards our goals. I desperately want that for every woman so the young girls will grow up knowing what strong women look like too, but you have to want it for yourself. So tell me, what’s holding you back when you can be shining brightly?


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Shanna Star

Christmas in Panama City Beach

To say the last couple of years have been a whirlwind would definitely be an understatement. Many of you know some of the hardships (but also some wonderful things too!) that have been happening. This year Im finally back to sending out Christmas cards, put up my tree(s), and can enjoy baking goodies in my own kitchen in my house here in Panama City Beach. Mostly I just want to reflect as I continue to work for and through some things, i’m very thankful for the people in my life. All over the country since i’ve lived in 5 states, people have been supportive and reached out and I appreciate that more than I can put into words. Not a time for whining, i’m grateful for what I have. On a mission of not wasting time, as so much can change in a year, a month, or even a weekend.

Today I want to remind you to reach out to loved ones, tell them you love them, squeeze and kiss on your kids and your animals, and be around people that make you laugh, bring out the best in you, and encourage you every step of the way and always see you for your good heart, and maybe tell you when you’re being a butthead and need some honesty in your life. I plan on laughing and crying and grabbing hold of opportunities while I work my butt off. And probably still calling my mom at least once a day. AT LEAST. Even though I feel like i’ve changed my perspective and growth in more areas than I would’ve cared to venture into lately, i’m confident in making this season a good one. Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New year to you all.. mostly to those who visit me in Florida, and i’ll secretly glare at the ones that don't.

Below are a few that didn’t make it to the Christmas card, i’ll be sharing more on FB soon! ***SEE below for some words for those of you going through difficult seasons.

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*** I do want to add something for the people that don’t have anyone, or have toxic people in your life, or are in a hard season. I’m not going to say it’s magically going to get better, because when I was in that season, I hated hearing that. But I am here to talk, I mean it. send me an email at davistaphotography@me.com and we can get in contact about moving forward/on/through hardships. I don’t post details of my personal life but i’m open to sharing my heart one on one. It’s tough being in a hard season and feeling alone and it’ll never get better and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. for me personally it felt like one step forward, two steps back.. for months and I couldn’t emotionally get through it. There are some things I can help suggest or if you need, just be a listening ear. even in that time, remember to tell yourself you’re enough, you’re needed, you have great purpose. I know that’s hard.. so say it out-loud on the good days. it might not get better for a while, but you can keep going.

6 places to shop for your Boudoir photoshoot and lingerie tips

You’ve booked your boudoir or beauty shoot and now you’re stuck. What should you wear, and where should you buy it!?

One of the most asked questions about boudoir and beauty shoots is suggestions on clothing items. Although each woman may have something different in mind for what she wants, there’s a few favorite shops I suggest and because I travel a lot for shoots most of them are online or larger chain stores. However you’re going to always get the best customer service from little boutique stores unique to your town, so if you have some of those, hit them up! They can help with sizing and always want you leaving a happy customer!

1- Amazon. This is one of the biggest places I find most of my pieces now, especially with Amazon Prime, it’s hard to beat for value and like a lot of us prefer, in the quiet of our homes. Amazon is even connecting to third parties so there’s SO much variety to find. Crop tops, oversized sweaters, bodysuits, lace, jackets, swimsuits, dresses, stockings, you name it, it’s there. Just be sure to read reviews about sizing! The red bodysuit below is Amazon.

2- Fashion Nova. The only thing about this shop is it takes a little longer for shipping, so shop early! They also have cute items not strictly lingerie. Shoes, accessories, dresses, and sheer tops as cover ups.

3- Adore Me. A few of my clients have purchased from this site and loved the affordable and beautiful lingerie they found! The white two piece lingerie set is Adore Me.

4- Asos. Another affordable online shop that past clients have used. This site also has cute outfits not strictly lingerie.

5- In store shopping. Yup all the others have been online, but if you’re unsure of what flatters your body, go try on some different types of clothing and lingerie. Still head to Dillards, Victoria’s Secret, Target, Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21. The last two are great for great little crop tops and cute shirts! the black and white photo of the jean shorts and tank are from Forever 21.

6- Your closet. That’s right, you don’t need a whole new wardrobe for your photoshoot. In fact, you probably have most the items you’ll need already hanging in your closet. Maybe some jeans shorts, a cute cover up or a crop top. Most women already have button ups too. If you’re unsure send over photos of the items to me (or your photographer!) for suggestions. It’s always fun to buy one or two new pieces, but first check out what you already have. the black crop top in the bath tub is one I had already and let the client borrow and I have an abundance of tulle skirts!

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Tips: When shopping for lingerie for a shoot keep a few things in mind.

1- try something out of your comfort zone, but be aware of tight fits or being uncomfortable. if you know you love something about your body, try to show that part off more!

2- bodysuits. My obsession continues, you can see a post strictly on bodysuits for everybody right here.

3- Unless you LOVE a piece and know you’ll wear it again, opt for the inexpensive pieces. A photoshoot should be about you and how beautiful YOU are, not worrying about expensive lingerie.

4-In-between sizes? Go for the slightly larger (not baggy) why?- even the leanest of ladies would get that squished skin look if it’s too small and that's much harder to edit that out.

5- Variety of color. Most women come with at least one black piece of lingerie, and it’s gorgeous, but try for a little bit of color pop

6- Lingerie isn’t the only sexy thing to wear. If you’re looking for more conservative, try a long dress with a slit, comfy sweaters with long socks, or a swimsuit with some jean shorts. Whatever make you feel confident and beautiful is the right look and most of the stores I suggested also have street clothes too!

7- Quick list of lingerie styles. Bra and panty sets, corset, bustier, teddy, bodysuit, babydoll, garter belts, garters, thigh highs, shape wear, slip, and clothing. Just a little reminder there are many styles so don't be discouraged if you don't like a few on you, there’s something for every body.. though I still think there’s a bodysuit for every body..for real.

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It may still seem a bit overwhelming, start by looking at the photos I posted here or on Pinterest for a style you like, then go looking for it online! I’m always here to help decide and i’ll always tell my clients to bring a few extra, since I can help you with what will look best in-camera! Your photographer has experience with what flatters womens bodies, so don't be afraid to ask questions!

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Shanna Star