Several months ago I had the urge to begin using this styling platform to encourage women to love themselves. Not in the "dress this way or lose those pounds" love yourself or even the touchy feely "you are perfect just the way you are" kind of way. I wanted women to deeply feel their worth. I wanted them to know wholeheartedly how precious, admired, and irreplaceable they were. I wanted them to know that it wasn't just about physical beauty but also the beauty of the life we've been given. The wonderful highs and the devastating lows that weave together the perfect tapestry that is our life - no one else's. I wanted women to be fully known and seen. I wanted them to not just notice their beauty or appreciate a season in their life - I wanted them to believe in it.
I started blogging and Insta-posting here and there with snippets of motivation or sharing a sense of value. I commiserated over post-baby body woes or feelings of inadequacy. But mostly I encouraged the social media world to walk on this journey with me - to shed the armor and be a little vulnerable. But I wanted to do more. I wanted tangible things that could help women really, truly get to that belief portion I mentioned above.
First, I collaborated with Megan of Red Lettered Goods to give away Believe in Your Beautiful prints. Some of you may remember Megan from her adorable family I styled this past fall. Our collaboration was a way for each woman to have daily reminders of trusting her journey through life (if you weren't able to snag your copy you can grab one here). Then, shortly after, my amazing friend Whitney from Whitney Coudray Photography had the idea to put together some Believe in Your Beautiful sessions. She wanted to encourage mommas to get IN FRONT of the camera - to live in the moment with our children before these precious memories passed us by; all lost on the account of not liking our arms or how our hair looked. So we teamed up to do a giveaway that included photos by Whit and wardrobe styling by me.
Working with the winners of this giveaway was so rewarding. I was able to hear their stories and learn about their struggles towards confidence. I encouraged, and valued, and loved on each of our winners, and I found that this, right here, is where I want this business to be. Not only did I help these mommas feel beautiful on their special day but I like to also think I helped them believe that they looked beautiful. I like to think that they truly believed they were worthy enough to be in front of the camera just as they are.
Our first giveaway session was with Meredith and her two gorgeous girls. I love the story she shared over on Whitney's blog about deciding to wear the dress - check out some of her stunning photos here and see the rest over on Whitney Coudray Photography (girl can seriously catch some golden hour light like none other).