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 Karen ~ Self love coaching contest winner

“Jenn Roth, of Gaia Dawn Studios has changed my life. I never could have done this alone. I now carry the tools to remind myself daily I am enough and it has put me present in my marriage, my friendships and my life. I have so much value that I spent years not being able to enjoy. Freedom is priceless. Her guidance set me free.” ~Karen Avis

A few months ago I launched a self-love coaching contest. I asked women to send me a message letting me know what they would do if they weren’t afraid. I had brave women write words of vulnerability to me and I was blown away by their courage. I had the difficult decision of choosing one winner and Karen’s entry truly spoke to me.

We met in person and I took a few photos documenting where she was and how she was feeling in that moment. She wanted to hide herself away and that’s exactly what we captured. We spent 6 weeks in coaching delving into her past and how to heal the traumatic wounds she was carrying. And we celebrated her newfound self-love and confidence with a triumphant photo shoot filled with laughter and joy.

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This is what Karen had to say about her experience…

“ Jenn Roth, of Gaia Dawn Studios has changed my life. Let me give a short background. I had emotional baggage, and not a small purse size…like BAGGAGE!!!!! The kind that clouds your thinking and confuses your self-judgment. I believed things of myself that had been instilled in my head for years and years growing up. I wasn’t good enough…would never be good enough…wasn’t worthy of accomplishments…didn’t have any self-worth.

Oh I tried. I tried to put on a pretty dress and do my hair and go out on the town feeling good. But, ladies,  back me up if you can relate, we all know this is not how it went down. I would have an angry fashion show in my bedroom, trying on everything in my closet. This would lead to sweating, a HUGE mess, crying, and ultimately an argument with my husband who was desperately trying to convince me I looked beautiful. But you know what? I didn’t hear him. I NEVER heard him. It didn’t matter how many different ways he tried to convince me I was amazing and beautiful, his words were just words…Clearly he was lying. I had been taught that those kinds of words didn’t pertain to me. Period. What I saw when I looked in the mirror was awful. I hated everything I saw. I would choose to stay home instead of subject myself to going out somewhere new where people would have to see me.

And one day, I saw Jenn Roth’s post on Facebook. It was about self-love and why are you lacking? And, people, I’m telling you, the moons must have aligned. You see, I never spoke of my trauma…never spoke of my feelings of self-hate.  I was wildly ashamed of my body. I was never going to be good enough physically. I was sure people judged me everywhere I went. But, I started typing an email and I kept typing that email for two weeks until one night I mustered up all my guts and hit SEND. It was finally time. Jenn said in her contest that she wanted to gift a deserving woman the skills needed to love herself. And at 41, damnit, it was time for me to try.

Next came six weeks of WORK, and I mean it when I say work. It was hard. And I cried. And I had to confess things out loud that I had refused to talk about for 35 years. I had to journal things out and biggest of all I had to face all of this with my husband. It wasn’t fair all these years that he didn’t quite understand where all of my insecurities were coming from. That I wasn’t just some narcissistic female who thought “she was fat, like omg.” No, he deserved to know how deep rooted all of this self-hate was. And after intensive work with Jenn, that was it. I had the most amazing conversation with him and it was like finally turning the light on after muddling around in the dark for so long. I felt relieved and validated and exhausted. 

Jenn helped me to face my ghosts head on. Jenn taught me how to lift myself up even when things get hard. Jenn taught me that I AM worthy and most importantly I AM ENOUGH. I am a damn good woman. I am worth so much more than my insecurities. I am not only kind, generous and love to laugh, but I am physically beautiful and strong and so deserving to walk with my head held high. I deserve that for myself. And all of those toxic words that have held me captive for so long were turned to ashes In the wind. Those words no longer take up space in my mind. No way. Jenn has literally changed my life. I will be forever grateful for her wisdom, compassion, patience and grace. 

Jenn, I am free of all that baggage because of you. I never believed that day would come and I urge all others who are feeling they aren't worthy or enough to get in touch with you. I never could have done this alone. I now carry the tools to remind myself daily I am enough and it has put me present in my marriage, my friendships, and my life. I have so much value that I spent years not being able to enjoy. Freedom is priceless. Your guidance set me free. “

I am so humbled and grateful for this testament. Karen impacted me just as much as I impacted her. She gave me the ability to trust in myself and to speak my truth. She gave me the opportunity to tap into my gifts and deliver them in a way that I never thought I was capable of doing. She gifted me with a trust and open heart like I have never experienced and I will cherish this woman and the incredible bond that we share for the rest of my life…

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Alloway New Jersey Danna ~ Embodying empowerment

“Everything begins and ends with the self. Embracing, accepting, forgiving, and loving equals mastery of self and life.” ~Danna Yahav

Danna embodies empowerment. She is fierce, wise, and mystical. She is passionate about helping others connect with their authentic truth and create the life of their dreams. As a soul coach she awakens others to their power and teaches them how to connect with their divine alignment.

Danna approached me to help her create magical images that reflect her mission to empower others. She needed images for her business platform and branding needs so we explored the different sides of her offerings. From strong and fierce to playful and free we were able to capture the many facets of Danna.

It was a crisp late winter afternoon and the golden sun provided the perfect light for our vision. Danna explored in nature, cleared the energy, and tapped into her inner power and light. I was honored to share this space with her and capture these gorgeous images for her business and personal needs.

To see what Danna offers and if her offerings speak to you visit her at www.dannayahav.com

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Alloway New Jersey Stacey ~ Surrendering to grief

“Grief is a messy, unpredictable process with a life of its own. It’s a thief – sneaking up on you when you least expect it. And it’s elusive– not there when you predict it will be. It teaches you that you must surrender to it. You have no choice but to surrender to the avalanches of emotion. You hope that in some way, every time you cry, your heart becomes a little less broken and that with every avalanche, you heal.” ~Stacey Friedman

Stacey is an incredible woman. She has such a presence about her, you can truly feel her power. She is brave, strong, and passionate. So when she reached out to me and asked me if I’d be willing to create images that represented her grief in a symbolic way I was honored. To be given the privilege to aid her in her healing journey and to hold a safe space for her to express herself and her emotions was extraordinary.

Grief is something that we all experience at one point in our lives. But it looks different for each and every one of us. Walking through this process and allowing yourself to feel the waves as they crash over you is extremely difficult work. I was so impressed by Stacey’s willingness to bear her soul to create this art. Her vulnerability took an immense amount of courage. But that is the birth place of healing and I think the images we created tapped into that.

The human spirit yearns for connection in difficult times. We all feel pain and struggle and we all deserve to feel like we are not alone when we are going through it. When you view these images I hope you connect with the power of Stacey’s vulnerability. We all experience grief. We experience it in our own way, but none of us are doing it alone…

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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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