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 Mandy ~ Self Confidence

"I've learned that fear limits you and your vision.  It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you.  The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path.  Transforming fear into freedom-how great is that?" ~Soledad O'Brien

  Mandy is radiant.  She has an alluring presence about her as she presents herself with such confidence and style.  She loves making others feel beautiful and confident and her story is one of learning how to do so for herself. 

  Mandy suffered low self esteem as a child into adulthood.  Her struggles and adversities have included loss, abuse, and infertility which led to severe anxiety and panic attacks when she entered motherhood.  Through this journey she discovered a passion for helping others through positive self talk and self image. 

  I absolutely loved tapping into Mandy's self confidence and allowing her to shine in back roads and open fields.  We chased the sunlight and laughed along the way while creating beautiful art together.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture her beautiful heart and soul. 

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Alloway New Jersey Alicia ~Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

"I knew that my bright light was still inside of me and I would get it back to share and shine bright with others." ~Alicia Thorp

  Alicia is a survivor.  She is a strong, courageous, and inspiring light worker.  Her story is one of overcoming adversity and sharing hope and inspiration with others through her journey.  She made the choice to not be a victim of domestic, verbal, and mental abuse by allowing her inner light to shine brighter than the storm life was taking her through.  She believes that you are not what has happened to you, you are who you become through difficult times. 

  We felt that photographing Alicia coming out of the darkness and into the light was the best way to visually display her story.  I strived to capture her strength and beauty by tapping into her inner light and allowing her to celebrate her free spirit.  Yoga and mindfulness have played a huge part in her healing journey so we wanted to represent that part of herself as well. 

 I have so much gratitude for this incredible experience with Alicia.  Her ability to find peace within herself after experiencing so much pain is truly remarkable.  She opened herself up to me in such a vulnerable way and I truly appreciate her courage and open heart.  I believe we created magic together...

 

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