Depression...the fear of uncertainty

Depression is defined as: a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection, typically also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbance of appetite and sleep.

Many suffer from depression and the depths of the depression can vary. I myself have had bouts of depression, anguish, anxiety, and self-doubt. Depression is probably one of the most common mental health issues plaguing so many today. I wanted to do this photo story to show the pain, the sadness, the anger, and despair; but also to let those know who suffer from depression, that there is light on the other side. There is peace. There is a calm after the storm. I hope you find it and I’m always hear to listen and talk. Thanks for looking and I hope these images mean something to so many. God Bless.


The thoughts and feelings are all to often overwhelming…

The thoughts and feelings are all to often overwhelming…

We feel like the pain and thoughts will never go away…but they will.

We feel like the pain and thoughts will never go away…but they will.

We just feel at a complete loss…Even when the light is just above us…

We just feel at a complete loss…Even when the light is just above us…

We scream out…WHY WON’T THIS PAIN STOP, WHEN WILL THIS PAIN STOP?

We scream out…WHY WON’T THIS PAIN STOP, WHEN WILL THIS PAIN STOP?

We feel like life is choking us to death…

We feel like life is choking us to death…

WHEN WILL THIS END…

WHEN WILL THIS END…

There is light…but we have to open our eyes and look up…

There is light…but we have to open our eyes and look up…

The light is right above us…but we just can’t seem to look up..

The light is right above us…but we just can’t seem to look up..

Sometimes it’s even staring us in the face, but we refuse to let it in…we close up

Sometimes it’s even staring us in the face, but we refuse to let it in…we close up

We can’t seem to find the peace we so desperately need…

We can’t seem to find the peace we so desperately need…

The fear stings, the anxiety crushes, and we let go and let the fear drive…  words are from the song Drive by Incubus

The fear stings, the anxiety crushes, and we let go and let the fear drive…

words are from the song Drive by Incubus

We even try to hold on to the light, and yet we still can’t see…

We even try to hold on to the light, and yet we still can’t see…

The anguish sets in, the tears come…

The anguish sets in, the tears come…

We feel like we can’t speak, like our mouth is covered by blackness, by a darkness we can’t get past…

We feel like we can’t speak, like our mouth is covered by blackness, by a darkness we can’t get past…

Know that there are people out here who want to help, who want to see a peace in your life, and who want to see a better you than you could ever imagine. If you know someone suffering from depression, I urge you and challenge you to reach out to them…you just might be the voice they needed that day.

Body Positive...because we are all beautiful.

I have wanted to do a shoot like this for a good while now. When I started in photography 8 years ago, I started with the traditional family, weddings, kids, etc., and then slowly got into boudoir photography. I found boudoir and glamour photography to be something that I could truly see in a customers eyes when they received their images because of how the images made them FEEL. I feel like images should move you as the customer. Being able to make a woman feel and see her beauty in a way she never had before was just empowering, but especially empowering to them. 

In a world and society and culture where everyone expects women to look a certain way, and even in more recent months and years with bullying, and sexual harassment, and body shaming that has gone on; I felt I need to do a shoot like this. I hope these images speak to you and move you. 

These 3 beautiful and strong women, opened themselves up and volunteered to put themselves out there for these images. They had never met before, but in the process of writing these words on each other and speaking, WE ALL got a little emotional. They were moved by the project and what it meant to them individually and as a brand new group of friends. I hope this experience will be something they remember for a lifetime, and my bigger hope is that it moved them, and women all over that see these images, to OWN their beauty like they never have before. 

Thanks for looking, and PLEASE feel free to share the link to these images on all your social media. Let's make these images go viral. 

 

STRONG WOMEN COME TOGETHER AND LIFT EACH OTHER UP!

STRONG WOMEN COME TOGETHER AND LIFT EACH OTHER UP!

FUN CHARLIE'S ANGELS POSE CAUSE EVERY WOMAN CAN BE BADASS!!!

FUN CHARLIE'S ANGELS POSE CAUSE EVERY WOMAN CAN BE BADASS!!!

THE POSITIVE WORDS WE SAY TO EACH OTHER CAN STRENGTHEN US!!

THE POSITIVE WORDS WE SAY TO EACH OTHER CAN STRENGTHEN US!!

ELEGANT, CAPABLE, GORGEOUS, FUN-SIZED...WORDS TO EMBRACE!

ELEGANT, CAPABLE, GORGEOUS, FUN-SIZED...WORDS TO EMBRACE!

POWERFUL, STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT...WORDS THAT DEFINE YOU!

POWERFUL, STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT...WORDS THAT DEFINE YOU!

VOLUPTUOUS, DETERMINED, WORTHY, SURVIVOR...WORDS WITH MEANING!

VOLUPTUOUS, DETERMINED, WORTHY, SURVIVOR...WORDS WITH MEANING!

UNCAPABLE, TRASHY, WHORE...WORDS THAT DESTROY!

UNCAPABLE, TRASHY, WHORE...WORDS THAT DESTROY!

WORTHLESS, UGLY, WEAK...WORDS THAT HURT!

WORTHLESS, UGLY, WEAK...WORDS THAT HURT!

UNATTRACTIVE, LAZY, FAT...WORDS THAT CAN DEFEAT YOU!

UNATTRACTIVE, LAZY, FAT...WORDS THAT CAN DEFEAT YOU!

WORDS LIKE THESE THAT ARE SAID BEHIND OUR BACKS CAN HURT, CAN DEFEAT, CAN DESTROY!!! BUT WE CAN STAY STRONG, TOGETHER!

WORDS LIKE THESE THAT ARE SAID BEHIND OUR BACKS CAN HURT, CAN DEFEAT, CAN DESTROY!!! BUT WE CAN STAY STRONG, TOGETHER!

ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, AND SEE NO EVIL!!!

ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, AND SEE NO EVIL!!!

THOSE NEGATIVE WORDS CAN SIMPLY WASH AWAY WHEN WE DON'T LET THEM HURT US ANYMORE!

THOSE NEGATIVE WORDS CAN SIMPLY WASH AWAY WHEN WE DON'T LET THEM HURT US ANYMORE!

THEY CAN'T HOLD ON TO US AND SIMPLY DISAPPEAR!

THEY CAN'T HOLD ON TO US AND SIMPLY DISAPPEAR!

AND WHEN WE REMAIN STRONG AND EMPOWERED, THEY SIMPLY NEVER EVER TOUCH US!

AND WHEN WE REMAIN STRONG AND EMPOWERED, THEY SIMPLY NEVER EVER TOUCH US!

AND SO WE ALWAYS REMAIN ELEGANT, AND POWERFUL, AND WORHTY!!!

AND SO WE ALWAYS REMAIN ELEGANT, AND POWERFUL, AND WORHTY!!!

Beautiful Bridals of Cayla McMillan (aka CT Anise)

I have been waiting a couple months to be able to finally post these GORGEOUS Bridals. CT was the lucky winner of a bridal shoot giveaway and I am beyond glad that she won. She is a model out of Louisiana that I had been trying to work with and this bridal giveaway was the perfect opportunity at the perfect time. I love doing bridals and CT just made that passion come back BIG TIME! Thanks again and we will work together again for sure! Enjoy everyone. 

I just love a beautiful black and white bridal image. 

I just love a beautiful black and white bridal image.