When was the last time you felt beautiful, I mean really beautiful?

 A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have a photoshoot with Jackie Jones Photography. I explained my vision for the pictures and how they would be used for The Beautiful Practice. Jackie was amazing and set about helping me create a "story board", specific ideas and looks for the day. 

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When I arrived at her studio on Broad Street, I was blown away by the natural light that poured through the large windows. The white floors and walls gave the space an ethereal feel, I wanted to live here!  Jackie gave me brief tour and for a moment I forgot I was in Chattanooga. She provided bakery items, fresh spinach salads and Evian water all perfectly displayed. 

Although I had collected items to wear that day, Jackie's photoshoot wardrobe made 13 year old me squeal! Some of my favorite looks from the day were the result of Jackie fashioning a top from a scarf or blanket.

I was privileged to have Trisha Grimes, a National make-up artist assisting me that day. I relied on her for make-up, lashes and hair touch-ups, but also to consult about the "looks" we were capturing.

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The magic began when Jackie started snapping pics. Like any girl staring down the camera I was apprehensive and awkward.....I had no idea what I was doing! But Jackie kept coaching, breathing life into my confidence. Before long I settled in and started really enjoying the process. By the time we wrapped up, I couldn't wait for the next photoshoot!

Jackie's artistry and passion are evident in her work. The way she captures everyday details like a pair of shoes or a smile is unlike anything I have ever seen. 

It's rare that I like a picture of myself so I was sure there would only be a handful of pics I would use for The Beautiful Practice. I couldn't believe my eyes when I got the proofs back, it was like I was looking at someone else. 

I was on overwhelmed with gratitude for how Jackie (and Trisha) made my day so special. I spend my days helping others find beauty in themselves, but on this day, I had never felt more beautiful!








A special thanks to Jaime and Alex @ Hair Benders Int for always keeping my hair on fleek!