Beauty Is...Why this? Why now?

I can still remember the moment that it all sank in. I was looking at my beautiful little girl as I realized how she really felt. She felt unworthy. She felt ugly. She worried about saying or doing the wrong thing. She worried that others didn’t like her. She felt worthless. She felt a burden to others. Whatever happened, if it was in the least bit negative in her mind it was in some way her fault and if it was positive, it was in spite of her not because of her.

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My heart broke in that moment. How could such a loving, kind, beautiful, and smart young woman not see her many gifts? How could she not see how loved and cherished she was? How could she think and say such horrible things about my beautiful little girl? Was this my fault?

I knew I needed to do something. If she could feel this way and faily to see her own strength and beauty, how many other women felt this way? How could I help my daughter? How could I help other women like her, like me, that felt this way?

As I looked at the amazing women around me, from 8 to 80 years old, I quickly noticed a pattern. They were so busy trying to be and do more. When did they take time to love who they were right now?

I started with my daughter, my goal was simple. I created a session based on what she told me. I wanted to take her dreams and make them real. We picked out wardrobe. We did her hair and makeup. We photographed her beautifully. We created an afternoon all about her.I wanted her to feel beautiful, loved, and valued. I wanted her to see the beauty and strength I see every day. I wanted to quiet the voices in her head that said she wasn’t enough even just for a few minutes so she could recognize the amazing person she is. Today and every single day.

From that moment on, I knew this was what my heart wanted to do. To create an amazing experience for every woman. To create a space for her to reclaim her own strength and beauty. To help her to love and value herself.

Why I love the 2018 Desire Map Planner (+ a giveaway)

I'm so stoked to share that the 2018 Desire Map Planner Collection is here! It’s a radically different way to plan your day, because it puts your soul on the agenda.

 

Check out this review I did of the planner and all the reasons I love it.

 

 

 

This planner puts your desires on the map, and helps you plan your days and weeks according to how you most want to feel. The way it should be. Where most day planner systems are straight dates and to do’s, this planner is so much more…it has helped me combine my basics of a planner with my gratitude journal, my desire map, and my bigger goals not just for my business but for my life.

 

Based on the wildly popular book by Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map, this planner system incorporates your soul and your to-do list; your gratitude and your goals; your deepest desires with your day-to-day. (If you haven't read it yet, you should check out the Desire Map Book and Workbook while you are there)

 

The 2018 planner comes with two versions, the Daily and Weekly edition, for the any type of planner person:

 

The DAILY planner for the highly scheduled, detailed thinkers, and awesome A-types who love keeping track of all the big and little things. This planner takes you through the year day by day, with unique soul prompts, scheduling space, #truthbombs, a Stop Doing list (because saying no is revolutionary) and a super condensed list called 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done.

 

The WEEKLY planner is for the big dreamers, Creatives, and entrepreneurs — the planner-types who want a bird’s eye view of their week. This planner takes a look at your week over a two-page spread, so you can plan your week with a bird’s eye view. Sprinkled with prompts for positive declarations and #truthbombs, the weekly spread also has space for your Core Desired Feelings, daily to-do’s, and a list of 3 Things so you can get your most important to-dos done. This planner also has an End of Week Check-in with unique Soul Prompts from Danielle with space for reflecting on life as you move through it week by week.

 

When you’re clear on how you want to feel, decisions come to you more easily, you’ll know when to say “No” and when to say “Hell, YES!” And then you can put it in writing. That’s what this planner does for me.

 

You can buy yours today, and start planning the life you’ve always wanted. GET YOURS NOW

 

Loving the planner? Ready to dive in? Keep Reading!

As an affiliate and member of the 2018 planner launch team (yep - I loved my 2017 planner so much they let me in), I have an weekly planner to give away to one lucky reader. Here's how to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me something you are grateful for before the end of the day on Sunday September 24th

The winner will be chosen and contacted on Monday Sept 25th.

 

I can't wait to hear what you are grateful for!

 

**All links included in this post are affiliate links but all opinions are my own**

Have Courage & Be Kind...#motivationmonday

 

There are no profound new concepts in those words. There is nothing that needs to be deeply contemplated to be understood. Sometimes the biggest, life changing concepts from the simplest words.

 

Five words.

Five simple words.

Five Simple words that are a guiding principal in my life.

 

I want to be brave. I want to have courage. I don't want to live afraid. I want to stand up for myself and for others who cannot. I want to pursue my dreams and goals.

 

I want to be kind. To be generous. To give to others. To care for others. To support others. And to serve others however I can.

 

For the rest of my life I will try everyday to...

"Have Courage & Be Kind"

 

Do you have words that inspire you? Words that you want to live by?

Share them below!

Black Friday Portrait Gift Card Sale

The best things in life are meant to be shared. Who do you care about most? Your sister? Your best friend? Your bridesmaids? Your husband or children?

Share a day of styling and a portrait session with someone you care about.

 

Gold Gift Card's $100

 

In honour of #BlackFriday & #CyberMonday all portrait gift cards are now buy one get one. A great gift for the wonder woman in your life!

Jessica & Kevin's Intimate London Wedding

jessicaandkevin-londonwedding1080 The morning started so warm bright and beautiful that it was hard to believe that it was the middle of October here in London, Ontario. It was the perfect setting for Jessica & Kevin's wedding day.

 

Since I met these two amazing people, I knew this would be a day filled with such a pure love not only from the fabulous bride and groom but from their children and families too.

 

Now don't get me wrong, these two have weathered many storms together - life hasn't been a fairy tale that moved smoothly to their wedding day and happily ever after (but you would hardly know it seeing them together). You know what though? This journey has made them stronger, together. That's what marriage is.

 

To me, these two are the very defination of marriage done right.

 

A strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It is a husband and wife who take turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak.

Flower Girl Jillian loved admiring the brides gown and told me how she and Jess were going to be princesses together

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Now I'm thrilled to turn it over to Jess & Kevin to tell us a little more in their own words

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Jessica:We met online!
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I knew Kevin was the one when we had our very first meeting. We hugged and he kissed my collarbone. It was as if we were already a couple and he was greeting me after being away for a few weeks. We both knew instantly that we were soulmates. We said I love you within the first week!
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J: I love how gentle and loving Kevin is.
K: I love how understanding and empathetic Jessica is.
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I knew Kevin was going to propose as we picked my ring together. However, I did not know when he was going to do it. He proposed on the beach, at sunset on Port Franks. Where we went on our very first date. It was magical. I was overjoyed!
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The excitement shared with our two children, Aiden and Jillian, over the wedding and marriage.
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I wanted it to be simple, but elegant. I did not have a real theme.
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To enjoy every second because it happens really fast!
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Thank you to Jessica & Kevin for sharing their love story, their wedding day, and their beautiful family!
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Congratulations!

 

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Still want to see even more? Check out this sneak peek slideshow of images to see a few more

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Vendors

London Wedding Photography - Rebecca Nash Photography

Idlewyld Inn & Spa

Lyric Flowers

Melrose Bakery

Oleg Cassini

Davids Bridal

Hair - Romana at Maria Bikas Salon

Makeup - Alanna @ Makeup Artistry by A

 

2 Years as a Wife

I can hardly believe it...today Ross and I celebrate two years as husband and wife! This journey has been a learning experience for both of us. From our first date back in August of 2009 to today I would like to think we have grown both as individuals and as a couple. Through the adventures of dating, moving in together, the loss of a job, major health concerns, life of a travelling contractor, engagement, wedding planning and constantly figuring out what our roles were in each others lives and how Ross fit into the life I already had with my daughter Alyssa - it's been an adventure.

Last night we took sometime to celebrate together. Now, I never complain about a chance to get done up and eat great food but, this was so much more. In the craziness of life, our family schedule and his work schedule our time together is precious. Even more so time alone together, sharing something we both love (good food) and having a chance to really reconnect without dishes we should be doing or the TV on in the background. Beyond just being mushy, which of course this post is a little, I wanted to share a few things I have learned about being a partner and a wife.

  1. There will always be differences - they don't really matter that much. What matters is how you handle them. 
  2. Feel like you aren't connecting? There could be a lot of reasons for this - maybe schedules have been busy or one of you has been under more stress than usual? Schedule a date, sit down and interview each other, or take five minutes to sit down and take the 5 Love Languages quiz to see if you are on the same page with how you express and recieve affection. (This can be hugely eye opening and I will be sharing my own experience with this soon)
  3. Take yourself on a date. Yep, thats right, I am telling you to ditch your man and go out on a date with yourself. Plan time to go out and do something that you truly enjoy and show yourself a little love. You will come back to your man a better version of yourself.

Motivation Monday - Unexpected kindness with yourself and others

Unexpected Kindness - Bob Kerrey  

It's that time of year, tomorrow is the big day - Back to School!

 

Throughout the summer I have been working to make some BIG changes not only in my business but in my life and my habits. For so long I have put my focus on my business, taking care of my family and friends, and helping others in any possible way. I am still passionate about wanting to do this, and more BUT by putting myself last on my priority finally caught up to this past year.

 

Suddenly I found myself struggling to care for my family, support for my Kindergarten students, or run my business to the fullest.

 

Over months of work - reading, learning, trying new things - I discovered that while I have always tried to be kind to everyone, there was one person that I never truly extended that kindness and grace to. Myself!

 

By being kind to myself and giving grace, I can be more of the person I want to be and create change in my life.

I have also realized the power that kindness has. I choose to share a smile with another whenever I can. I choose to believe that everyone around me is doing the best they can in life. I choose to believe in the good in others (and myself).

 

This year I am focused on...

- keeping my priorities straight

- valuing my own time (and others time too)

- investing in the couples I have the pleasure of meeting and working with (and their marriages)

- focusing on serving my clients and growing my art

- continuing to learn and grow as a business owner, an artist, and a person

- keeping balance between my work, my passion and my home life

- giving back to the community that has supported me (locally, my industry, and you - my amazing online community)

 

How will you use kindness to create change? Tell me about it below!

 

 

 

Yours Enthusiastically,

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On the road again...

I am so excited to be hitting the road this summer with my camera in one hand and my resistance band in the other as I jump into events for photography and health & fitness along the way (and some much needed R & R too).  

Not all the dates are final yet but I am excited to share that I will be in

  • Ottawa, Ontario Canada (Mid July & Mid August)
  • Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (Late August)
  • Nashville, TN, USA (Late July)
  • Chicago, IL, USA (TBA)
  • St Louis, MO, USA (TBA)

 

See somewhere on the schedule that you would love to be photographed? Sessions are still available so reach out to me at rebecca@rebeccanashphotography.com or hit contact and fill out the form.

 

Have another location in mind? I love to travel - send me an email and let's make it happen!

 

Can't wait to see you there!

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Wedding Wednesday on Periscope

I am super excited to be bringing in a new weekly feature for all of the fabulous brides to be out there. Join me tonight and every Wednesday evening on periscope for a live conversation on wedding topics to help you plan and enjoy your wedding day without the stress.

Make sure to follow me at www.periscope.tv/rnashphoto or just @RNashPhoto on the app to catch all the latest.

What can you expect to see? - behind the scenes - my favourite wedding trends - tips for planning your wedding day - interviews with wedding professionals ...and much more!

Have a question you would like to have answered about planning your perfect day? Send it to me at info@rebeccanashphotography with the subject 'Wedding Wednesday Periscope' and keep an eye out for it to be answered live on the show.

Disney Blogger: It's a DVD Giveaway for "Phineas & Ferb: Animal Agents"

As some of you may already know, I have the great pleasure of working with Disney Studios on occasion to check out screenings (such as The Odd Life of Timothy Green last August), review movies pre-release (Chimpanzee was a big hit with my own family), and give away awesome stuff. This Week I have the great pleasure of giving away a copy of the new movie Phineas & Ferb: Animal Agents on DVD to one lucky reader!

What's this movie about?

Well if you don't know who Phineas & Ferb are...where have you been? They've been on TV and on tour alot lately. Need more than that? Here's what Disney had to say about the new movie...

How well do you really know your pet…or ANY animal? Behind a cute and/or cuddly exterior there may lurk a cunning crime-fighter with a brown fedora, a top-secret identity and a license to thrill! Meet the heroic Animal Agents of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without A Cool Acronym)

Join Perry the Platypus – a.k.a. Agent P – and his fellow operatives as they team up to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his dastardly “Inators.” Be they furry or feathered, scaly or slimy, these fearless agents roll over for nobody when it comes to crushing evil in the Tri-State Area and beyond. Fully loaded with over two hours of animal-themed adventures, including the exciting, two-part Phineas And Ferb cliffhanger “Where’s Perry?”, this fun-filled, action-packed laughfest will drive you wild!

 

Looking for a good laugh to share with your family? I want to know, if your pet was an agent or villain which would they be and what would their name be? Comment below - Most Creative Answer will win a copy of Phineas & Ferb: Animal Agents on DVD!

* Contest open to Canadian Residents (except Quebec). Contest closes at 12noon on Friday March 8th*

 

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

 

“This post was sponsored by Walt Disney Motion Pictures Canada. I received product from them to facilitate this posting. All opinions, writing, and editing are my own. Please contact me at rebecca@rebeccanashphotography.com with any questions or concerns.”

 

                                                                                                                                                                               

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

 

Baggallini bags on LBC Living

I don't know about you but I'm always in search of the perfect bag. Something that's comfortable, cute, durable, not too big or small...  

I have a collection of purses from small clutches to large carry all style bags. I'm always switching purses based on the day I have planned and what I need to carry with me.

 

I've just come across this line of Baggallini Bags on LBC Living. Baggallini Bags offers enough options to find the right size, shape and colour for any style. For me, an everyday bag is often something I will pick up in a neutral colour such as black, tan, khaki but I also have a bit of a thing for blues, teals, and purples. Here are a few of my favourite options...

 

 

 

 

I'm a big fan of a larger purse or tote style bag for everyday that allows me to carry all the essentials along with a notebook and whatever book I'm reading at the time or my e-reader. (I have a habit of being early for everything and hate sitting around with nothing to do...likewise, my best ideas seem to come to me when I'm out of the house - away from paper & pen or computer - so I always have a notebook of some sort)

I like the top option as a more clean classic carry all that I could use when out to meet with potential clients outside of my home studio such as their home of coffee shop. It still looks professional but could go just as easily with jeans and tshirt when I'm out and about with my daughter.

The second bag is alot like my regular everyday bag that I can throw all my essentials and then some in as I'm out and about town with my daughter running from the grocery store to swimming lessons and more.

What is your favourite purse you have? Which of the Baggallini Bags best fits your style? Tell me about it in the comments section below!

 

Yours Enthusiastically Rebecca - Rebecca Nash Photography

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This sponsored post was made possible by SheHeard. I have been compensated for my time and work on this campaign, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                     

London, Ontario photographer Rebecca Nash is your London wedding, portrait, and fine art Photographer serving London, Ontario and surrounding area through Rebecca Nash Photography. Rebecca Nash prides herself on being one of London's up and coming photography professionals gaining a following in London, Ontario and surrounding area. Rebecca has established herself as an artist through London area and Ontario Juried Art Shows, and her current "Windows on the War of 1812" two person gallery exhibition.

Honoured to have my work reviewed by Art Historian Joan Murray

I'm thrilled to share a short essay by noted Canadian based Art Historian Joan Murray entitled "The War of 1812 Revisited" on the blog for Artist Stephen J. Arthurs and my 2 person exhibition "Windows on the War of 1812" Check it out at on the exhibition blog

Introducing Photo Fun Fridays - Inspiration, Tutorials, and Questions Answered

Photography...at the end of the day it boils down to one thing for all of us. We want to take the best possible photos and we want to look good when someone takes a photo of us. It's on this idea that Photo Fun Fridays is introduced to the blog. Not a traditional post about the basic techniques in an abstract way, this post answers questions from you on how to improve your photos and how to overcome obstacles to looking your best in photos taken of you.

On a weekly basis you will find explanations, opinions, tutorials and videos to help answer questions received from viewers like you! Once a month in place of the usual post I will take a moment to share some of my photography inspiration both through images and introductions to photographers whom I admire.

Some of my recent favourites, inspirations, and ideas to try can be found on my pinterest "Photography Inspiration" Board - take a look!

I hope you'll join me on this adventure and send in your questions by facebook, twitter, email (info@rebeccanashphotography.com), or in the comments of this page so I can start sharing my knowledge and learning together!

Introducing My Personal Blog - Artistic Mama

Are you one of those people who love not just learning from but also about the professionals you're working with? If you're anything like me you want to know more, you want to see what people are really like...what do they do in their spare time? Where does their passion lie? What are their values in their personal life?

I find that the more I feel like I know the person, the more comfortable I am working with someone and the better the results I get from them.

In order to accommodate the new direction for my company blog here at www.rebeccanashphotography.com I have removed many of the more personal posts about friends, family, hobbies, and everyday experiences. I do want to continue to grow my blog here for my current, potential, and past clients (plus their friends and family) but I want to share my life too. For this exact reason, I have created a personal blog (Artistic Mama) at http://rebeccanashpersonal.wordpress.com/ I admit, it may be slow getting started (and likely less consistent then the business blog) but this personal blog will be one I write for me, for family & friends, and for my awesome readers who want to know me better.

Feel free to stop by either blog anytime, and comment away! I love to hear your thoughts, questions, and stories too!

 

My Party Plan for Blogher12

With BlogHer12 just days away ( I leave Weds Morning) I am working through my schedule for sessions, official parties, private parties, and sponsors to visit to make it I make it to all the ones most important to me...I've boiled it down to my wishlist...here are the parties I will be doing my best to attend throughout the three days of craziness.  

BTW - there is a blog bling button for everything for blogher but where's the one that says I'll be networking like a bad woman at blogher12? Oh well...I guess these will have to summarize!

 

Blographer – Thursday August 2nd

Private:

California Dreams by Single Edition Media

Official:

 

Blogher12 – Friday August 3rd

Private:

Mind Academy: Wine Mixer for Fitness, Health, and Nutrition Bloggers

RoomKey Party

Fall Fashions with Naughty Monkey

Harley Davidson

Official:

 

Blogher12 – Saturday August 4th

Private:

Disney Screening: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Banshe

Official:

BlogHer '12 Fashion Show & Style Spotlight

 

BlogHer12: Sponsor Announcement - Mahovlich Personal Training

I'm excited to announce a new BlogHer12 Sponsor... Mahovlich Personal Training might be the new kid on the block but Owner Chad Mahovlich has been in the business for 8 years and now he's taking on one of the biggest challenges of his career...whipping my lazy butt into shape (literally!)

Over the Next 12 weeks Chad and I will be working together to transform my eating habits, fitness routine, and body to give me back more of the health, vitality, and quirky energy that has defined me in the past but escaped me recently.

Check back each month for updated photos, measurements, progress reports, tips, and recipes to help you get yourself in the best possible shape!

In the mean time learn a little more about Chad and Mahovlich Training by connecting online

Website: http://www.cmtraining.ca/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MahovlichPersonalTrainingServices Phone: (519) 520-0348 Email: mahovlichpts@gmail.com

 

Sneak Peak: Cris & Jess

Over the weekend of June 7th to June 10th I had the immense pleasure of traveling to the Buffalo, NY area to take part in the festivities of this amazing couple. This wasn't a typical wedding for me, having known the groom since childhood, so I was welcomed with open arms by the families of the bride and groom and that's when I knew this wasn't just a job, this was going to be a fantastic weekend with friends.

The weekend started with the rehearsal at the lovely Glen Oaks Golf in East Amherst, NY followed by dinner at a local restaurant. As much as I love a great rehearsal, the dinner was my highlight that day. Pizza and wings with the wedding party and families at the couples favorite restaurant. I got to chat with some of the wedding party and hear some of their stories as well as the stories of the bride and groom.

The next day i had the opportunity to meet with the bride and groom for a casual photo shoot and meeting in the park before heading down to Lewiston for diner at the Silo and a trip to Niagara Falls to wander the falls area with the Bride's family.

Saturday was of course the most exciting part...it's that butterfly in the stomach, excited energy of the Wedding day. I was at the hotel just before 11am to hang out with the bridesmaids and bride as they prepared for the big day ahead.

We set aside a few minutes before the ceremony began for some wedding party photos and for the bride and groom to see each other.

When the ceremony began, I even got a little emotional as I watched Jess and her dad make their way up to meet Cris at the gazebo. A beautiful couple, with so much love for each other.

A few more portraits and then t was time for the reception.

The reception had all the perfect elements: great food,good company, music, dancing and good times had by all.

We even found a moment to sneak out for one of my favorite images of the day.

Congratulations to Cris & Jessica on a beautiful day and a strong marriage that I know will continue to grow your love for each other.