Alloway New Jersey Jennifer ~ Celebrating a new adventure

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~Oprah Winfrey

This is my friend Jenn. Just in the few years I’ve known her I’ve seen her overcome many obstacles and use her voice to advocate for her 3 children in so many ways. She takes on challenges with tenacity and spirit and just keeps on putting one foot in front of the other all while her husband is traveling for months at a time as a traveling fisherman.

It has been a dream for Jenn and her husband to move to Alaska and it’s something they’ve worked towards for years. The time has come for them to take the plunge and sell nearly all of their belongings and their properties to set sail on a new adventure. Taking action on this dream has required an insane amount of courage, patience, and faith. I am incredibly inspired by Jenn’s bravery and independence as she has done the work to make this happen. So I asked her if I could do a photo shoot with her to celebrate this new chapter. I was thrilled to provide a space for her to de-stress, express joy and vulnerability, and honor this time in her life.

The car has been packed with 2 dogs, 3 children, and everything she owns and she has driven across the country with them all in tow. To say that Jenn is a fierce and brave woman would be an understatement. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to create these symbolic images for her and I sure am going to miss having her around. But I look forward to watching her new adventure unfold as she creates the life of her dreams.

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Alloway New Jersey Autumn ~ Barefoot in the woods

I've never encountered a negative thought or feeling that cannot be reversed or solved with a little time with my bare feet in the dirt. ~ Autumn

  Autumn is adventurous, whimsical, and a lover of life.  She lights up when she's in nature and has a deep connection with the Earth.  She speaks to the trees, insects, and animals and has a pure innocence about her.  It is truly like witnessing a wood sprite in their element when you spend time with her in the woods.  I wanted to capture that magical feeling she is able to channel in her photos. 

  It was early spring and April showers had graced us with puddles and mud.  So Autumn suggested that we embrace what Mother Nature graced us with and seize the moment.  She jumped into the puddles, planted seeds, walked on trees and her spirit came alive. 

  We shared a beautiful experience together in this photo session as she took a leap of faith by working with me and helped me bring my vision of Gaia Dawn Studios to life.  So not only was I able to show her a side of herself that she'd never seen but I was able to share that experience with her as I saw myself light up through the process.  I am so grateful to have shared this experience with her and I'm incredibly proud of what we created together.