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Kindling & Cottage

Location:  Private Home on Whidbey Island, WA
Hair & Makeup: Ashli Danielle
Client: Carrie

Carrie posted this to facebook shortly after our shoot and I got her permission to share it with you all. I am honored to have gotten the chance to work with her. She is an inspiring, courageous and absolutely stunning woman. Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

“Over the last year, I’ve learned that if you can’t love yourself at any weight, you’ll never love yourself, no matter your weight. I currently weigh 70 lbs less than I did 6 years ago, but the last year has been the most major transformation I’ve ever experienced – and it was mostly mental. Shedding physical weight won’t ever lighten the emotional burden of self loathing. You have to start with loving yourself, or the rest of it won’t ever matter. Kudos to all of you who are on your journey towards health and well-being, but remember that the number on the scale isn’t everything. Give yourself a big hug and start celebrating who you are right this very moment. 

In celebration of my journey, I recently did a photoshoot with Dana Kae, a seriously phenomenal human being whose character and compassion are utterly awe-inspiring. Check out her amazing work. And then book your own shoot.”


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Below is a poem Carrie heard shortly before the shoot. It became a sort of mantra for us throughout her shoot. We love it so much we even put it in her album! Thought I’d share it with you all as well….

“In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where you thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety,
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear,
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning,
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
for your soul senses the world that awaits you.”

– John O’Donohue

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