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and she said…

All I said was, pull out anything from your closet that you feel amazing in. Her smile dropped a bit and said…

I don’t feel amazing in anything.

It takes my breath away every time I hear this. I’m looking at this fresh faced, lanky girl with a beautiful smile and hair that just won’t quit and this is the response I get?! Honestly, I hear this in some way shape or form a lot. I’m going to get to the point very quickly here. This is not JUST about getting your picture taken. If that’s all you want, go to the yearbook photographer.

If you want MORE so much MORE.

Get in touch with me to discuss a photoshoot.



Get your happy on

When was the last time you just walked out the door and said it’s time to get my happy on. That’s what I’m doing right now. Back next week. Have an awesome day!

happy on

Spinning away the heaviness

The soul of my business is to give girls the freedom to be in the joy of the moment. To capture a sense of weightlessness with hopes that their prints will forever remind them of that feeling.


I feel that I have to restate this more to myself than anyone else as reassurance that I’m making a difference for the better. There was a time when it was unimaginable to go to school in fear of not coming home. Added to the mix is the ever increasing pressure of excelling at school, sports and piling on the activities in the never ending race to get into a better school, to get a better job… I quite honestly can’t imagine being a kid today.

I always have a set during photoshoots when I ask the girls to spin. I almost feel that it’s cathartic,

…spinning away the heaviness that we don’t even know is there. Getting back to that little kid without a care in the world. I’ll never stop that. I’ll never stop laughing and getting silly with them.

It may sound frivolous in the whole scheme of things but I do believe it’s one small step towards making kids feel like kids again.

Take a look at what Becky has to say about her photoshoot and how it made her feel or go to Instagram and see Jillian blissfully swinging. What are the little things you do to make your kids feel like kids?


Be good to yourself

Expectations are typically that the New Year, especially, the first few days or weeks of the new year are going to be happy, productive, starting fresh…Well it was the third day of January and I was having “A” day.

You know, one of those days that start with a sense that everything is a little off and then just tumbles into frustration, dropping things, bumping up against roadblocks…you know exactly what I mean.

I don’t know about you but it’s really easy for me to let this kind of day snowball into an all out war with myself. I don’t know what the final straw was but I stepped out of my office, went downstairs, grabbed my ice skates, plugged into my favorite playlist and went ice skating for a while. A long while. I had the whole lake to myself, sang out loud and in general tilted my little world back upright. Lesson for the year. Be good to yourself. The earlier you learn this in life the better off you’ll be.


Paige skating

I wish you nothing but the best this year and can’t wait to share all the fun stuff I’ve got planned. Not my most flattering picture but it was cold!



Naming trees and a year full of change

Last year at this time we were still visiting colleges and waiting on acceptances, not to mention going through all of the senior year craziness with end of high school ceremonies, activities… Wow, what a year can bring. When I think back on everything that has passed it’s amazing how much can change. I knew it was coming but I don’t think you’re ever ready for it. There are growing pains and I’m not going to sugar coat it, having my first go off to college was really, really hard. It changed the dynamics of our home and, as I’m learning, family traditions. IMG_0270 sq bw

We had our holiday photoshoot a couple of weeks ago and started talking about what we all traditionally do along with favorite holidays memories (go to my Instagram and you can follow the conversation). I told the girls my favorite tradition is that we name our Christmas tree. I know it sounds crazy (and it is) but here’s how it started. We travel a little over an hour to cut down a fresh tree. We’ve been doing it ever since the kids were little. They loved getting out of the car, chasing each other through the trees and being part of cutting it down. The ride back was when they were in need of a diversion (ie. on the verge of meltdowns) which began the naming of our tree. We call out names, it switches from male to female each year and by majority vote decide on a name. We’ve had Christina, Max, Theodore, Noelle, Holly and Peter to name a few. This year I thought, here’s another change that I really don’t want to happen. We didn’t have time to get a tree over Thanksgiving and now the Christmas tree tradition is over. We had plans to get one with my daughter last weekend and at the last minute she said let’s wait until next weekend when all of us can go together. So I suppose I’m not the only one who would like some things to stay the same.

I’m happy to say it is less than a couple of weeks away from Christmas and we still don’t have a tree. BUT we will. I’ll let you know it’s name in a future post:). Wishing you much love spending time with the ones you love, whether continuing old traditions or creating new ones.



A win/win gift list.

Senior photoshoot with girls loading truck with holiday gifts

Oops! I woke up yesterday morning, realized it was Thursday and completely forgot to post this blog. ‘Tis the season! Being that it’s December 1st maybe it was serendipity that I’m a day late. Whether I want to face it or not, it’s gifting season. At this time of year I usually post gift suggestions recommended by my Senior Model Reps. This year I’m changing it up a little bit. I’ve listed some of my favorite picks for gifts that I know will appeal to your girls AND the purchase will support efforts against Human Trafficking or help empower women. I have nieces and a daughter in that age range so I’m checking off my list pretty quickly. I love the idea of a gift that’s win:win. I hope you find a few things your favorite teen will love. Stay sane and breathe!

Gracie Greene leather & cowhide wristlets  

Free People Girls Inc. tee


I’m loving the tassel and wrap bracelets here. Lariat necklaces are hot right now and I love the LOVE necklace. You can’t go wrong with anything here.

Dorm Decorating

Cold Hands, warm heart

Cozy PJs

Paige P. Photography Photoshoot Gift card (10% of gift card purchase during the month of December will be donated  to Lady Savant Foundation’s Girl Empowerment Award). Trust me your favorite teen girls will go GAGA! over this one.

To get you in the holiday spirit watch my favorite “elves” from last year prepping for the holidays.





Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for your smiles & laughter. You have made this year a dream come true! From my family to yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving.