Three years ago, I found myself crying on the floor of my closet with nothing to wear minutes before we needed to leave for a friends birthday party. It was in that moment that I knew my life needed to change. On the outside, it seemed we had everything; still in the honeymoon phase of our marriage, my photography business was booming and everything was going to plan. What I didn’t see on the inside was truly how unhappy I was.
What others couldn’t see was the late night hours of editing, running the business as a one women show, sleeping for maybe 4 -5 hours a day, traveling non-stop and eating pure processed junk. The pounds added up quickly and before I knew it, I was staring at a completely different person in the mirror. My unhappiness was masked by buying purses, shoes and dinners out. I wasn’t ready to admit to myself that I needed to work on me and that the material possessions were only band-aids fixing the problem for a short time before I would need another “thing” to make me happy. It was in that moment of crocodile tears surrounded by a pile of clothes that didn’t fit that I would have to wake up and take control of my life once again.
I enrolled in a 12 week weight loss program at one of the area gyms, dropped 20 pounds and felt incredible. I would continue to push myself and lose an additional 20. Through my own transformation, I discovered that I wanted to help others find their sparkle again, what that would be, I wasn’t exactly sure. It wasn’t until a potential family portrait client contacted me about a possible shoot that I would figure out just exactly what I wanted to do with my new found love for clean eating and fitness. Come to find out she was a holistic health coach and I become a subscriber to her newsletter – scrolling to the bottom I found a link that said “Want to become a Health Coach?” I followed the link and my life would never be the same.
Last July, I enrolled into a virtual course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am happy and proud to announce that I have graduated as of two weeks ago! My goal is and always will be to help my clients become their best self. I have worked with brides and high school seniors who have never viewed themselves as beautiful and I love being able to present them with images that truly showcase how incredibly beautiful they are and now, I am hoping to do the same with my health coaching clients.
So how this relates to my photography business – well, nothing is changing, I am still available for high school senior portraits and weddings and will be coaching women on how to break free from struggling to fit into their skinny jeans by creating a personalized roadmap for healthy eating and feeling fabulous in their own skin while transforming into their own before + after photo