Alloway New Jersey Victoria ~ Sacred Empowerment

 “The time has come for us to take accountability and responsibility for the innate power and wisdom that we have.  This is not only for us but for our families, community, planet and our Universe.” ~ Parvati Victoria Goodwin

  Victoria is an enchanted being.  Her presence is one of magic and mystery.  She is whimsical yet grounded and her sense of self and innate power is contagious.  She is passionate in her journey to help others heal themselves and to empower them to step into who they were sent here to be.  So it was my honor to collaborate with her and create some magical images that convey her message of exploring our lightness and darkness to truly step into our power. 

  It was a stormy summer evening and there was thunder rolling in a distance but the dark and moody ambiance set the perfect tone for our adventure.  We flowed through yoga and explored the forest leaving no dark corners or light openings unturned.  The purifying water of the stream and the inviting tree bridge were the perfect accents to this beautiful scene and I loved how Victoria embraced the elements.

 I honestly felt the magic in the air as we created this unique art together.  These images are powerful and symbolic and encompass everything I strive to capture when I'm in this space with a woman.  I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work with Victoria and my soul has been forever touched by this extraordinary experience.

 

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Clarksboro New Jersey Beth ~ Transforming obstacles into purpose

"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."

~ Napoleon Hill

 

  Beth is full of inner strength and beauty that stems deep from within.  At the age of 33 years old she was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer.  She endured 5 surgeries and 8 chemotherapy treatments over the course of a year while mothering her children at the ages of 3 and 6.  During this time she was humbled by the incredible amount of support she received from family and friends.  From inspirational cards, prepared meals, and house cleaning services to a basket of surprises after each one of her treatments she felt supported and grateful for those around her for uplifting her spirits and showing that they cared. 

  That year was the most difficult period of her life, but it taught her so much about herself.  She discovered an inner strength she had never known before and developed a deeper appreciation for life.  Through this experience she was able to see the goodness in so many people as they rallied around her to uplift her spirits through their love, thoughts, prayers, generosity, and support.   This is where the seed for her non profit Hearts United Against Cancer was planted.  

  Hearts United Against Cancer focuses on uniting hearts to deliver comfort & support to men, women, & children fighting cancer.  Their mission is to deliver comfort and support to Cancer Heroes through their care & comfort bundle program.  Through this volunteer organization Beth is able to give back to so many others what she received during her difficult time.  In the past four years they've delivered over 16,000 bundles country wide. 

  Beth won a mind and body makeover hosted by Crystal V. Pizarro, an empowering life coach for moms and Impact Moms a Facebook community of moms in South Jersey excited about learning how to find the happiness, confidence, focus, calm & balance they crave, within themselves.   I was a part of the makeover team Crystal put together to pamper this deserving mother from the inside out.  She received hair and makeup, a massage and facial, coaching services, and a yoga session and symbolic photography session with me.  I was so humbled and grateful to have been a part of this beautiful experience with Beth and truly honored to have been a part of her journey. So much joy exuded from her during our session and the photos speak for themselves...

 

 


 

 

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Alloway New Jersey Nicole ~ Finding Peace within

 “True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can only be found within. And then, once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.” ~Buddha

  Nicole is lovely.  Her alluring beauty attracts your attention and as she opens her heart to you, it's evident that she is deep and soulful like poetry.  She is graceful, strong, and playful and her yoga practice is the perfect display of all of her inspiring attributes. 

  Nature is where Nicole finds peace as it tunes her into her inner child, and this gorgeous spring evening provided the perfect backdrop for our little adventure.  The cherry blossom petals carpeted the ground, the sun was shining, and the lush green of the forest captivated us.  We surrendered to the Earth's enchanted energy as we flowed and frolicked and what we were able to capture was nothing short of magic.  

  This experience was one of merriment as Nicole just became a registered yoga teacher.  Through her 200 hour journey she was able to find peace and a profound sense of self acceptance that radiates from within.  It was truly an honor to be a part of her journey and I will always cherish this heart felt celebration.

 

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Philadelphia Pennsylvania Nadïne ~ Do what makes your heart sing

  "Making art for me starts with moments that immediately strike me as lessons. When the underlying tale begins to emerge, I follow that energy." ~ Nadïne LaFond

   Nadïne is an incredibly talented artist and musician/singer songwriter.  She is passionate about art and creative expression.  As a painter/mixed media artist, she creates images that explore journey and dimension through the layering of symbols and draws inspiration from nature and personal experiences.  

 Wissahickon Valley Park was the perfect setting for our photo shoot as we were tucked into a tranquil haven in nature in the midst of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.  We explored the hilly trails and spoke about life's challenges and blessings as we soulfully connected on this beautiful spring afternoon. 

  I was moved and inspired by Nadïne's authentic beauty as she sang original songs that came straight from her heart.  She danced, swayed, and giggled her way down paths tapping into her inner child and creating a sense of glorious freedom.  Photographing her was a unique and refreshing experience and she left a tremendous impression on me.  I was humbled by the opportunity to create art with Nadïne and I'm so proud of what we gave life to together. 

 

 

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Villas New Jersey Julie ~ Joy

"Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe." ~Danielle LaPorte

  Julie is one of the most exuberant people I have ever met.  She is able to channel her inner child and exude play and fun in a way that inspires me beyond words.  She is spiritual, passionate, joyful, and possesses a glow that you can't help but be drawn to.

  The beach is Julie's happy place and she loves to dance so we combined her loves and set the scene for her to open up and experience freedom.  We played music, opened our eyes and hearts to the beauty of nature, and giggled and danced through this joyful session. 

  Our story is a little unique as our original destination of choice is not where we ended up shooting her session.  The universe had other plans for us as we made a quick decision to photograph her at the Bay rather than the Ocean.  We ended up with a spectacular sunset on our own "private" beach and could not be more thrilled with the results!  It was a beautiful lesson to go with the flow and let the universe guide you because the magic that occurred was extraordinary.  

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