Written by Brittany Noelle Wells
Strength through Growth and Transformation

Saturday morning I woke up my daughter Olivia and got her ready for a fun morning - a mother daughter shoot to celebrate this year and moment in our lives. Olivia and I have had a transformative year, in more ways than one. This year has been a new start for me and a year of tremendous growth for both Olivia and I. I wanted to do something special that she and I would have forever, so I called upon friend and photographer Lindsey Snavely for a mother-daughter experience, to have her photograph us. In 2018 I left a very tumultuous and toxic marriage and now upon reflection realize the positive impact it has had on Olivia’s life. She now gets uninterrupted time with me and her father and gets 100% of our attention when she is with either one of us. This shoot marked a year of twists and turns, laughter and sadness, growth and tremendous change. All of this Olivia has blossomed through. When we arrived to Lindsey’s studio Olivia was shy and reserved. It took some time for her to warm up but visiting the horses, petting the dogs, and having a glass of OJ helped her out of her shell; before we knew it, Lindsey and I walked into the studio to find Olivia waiting on set for her shining moment... She was ready to start shooting. I sat down behind her and magic happened. In our matching jeans and black tank tops, Olivia felt powerful, beautiful, and her image on camera exuded that. She was coming up with new poses, making silly facial expressions, all of which were caught on camera and shown back to her. This experience boosted her self confidence during a time of great change. Seeing herself on the back of the camera and having her momma and Lindsey giving her encouragement during the shoot gave her an overall feeling of power.

Olivia is a little “tom boy” but can wear a princess dress like any other 5 year old. I wanted to show how different and unique she is. I wanted to capture that she has the amazing ability to take on various roles depending on the environment and situation she is in. She offers up diversity and exudes confidence and beauty. By the end of the shoot it was Olivia’s turn to get in front of the camera alone and do her thing. I put her in my baggy turtleneck sweater - a total last minute decision. I wanted her to be this little girl, wearing mommy’s sweater to show that she is a product of me and a little “mini me” that will defeat odds, learn from my mistakes , and come out of this experience a bright, shining star.

Now, I get the photos back. I showed her the black and white photo of she and I and her face lit up! She held onto that print and looked at it and smiled. She held onto it for what seemed like an hour. She put it right next to her coloring book and would glance over at it from time to time. This image is a treasure of hers now... that moment in time has been captured and one day when I share our story she will remember this day and this year in time - as the year that changed the trajectory of her life in an extremely positive way. This moment, this year... full of growth and transformation has been captured - celebrated - honored - and now she has something that she can look back on and smile every day. New beginnings...

Be not the slave of your own past... plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lindsey Snavely Photography would like to thank guest blogger Brittany Noelle Wells - Model & Lifestyle Blogger (www.hautewanderluxe.com; www.instagram.com/brittnoellewells) - for sharing her experience!

Luxury folio boxes from 3xm (https://3xmsolution.com) included with all Lindsey Snavely Photography Folio collections - the ultimate in sophistication and functionality for your cherished images.

One of my personal favorite products in the Lindsey Snavely vault is The Folio. Available in classic black and ultra-chic gold, The Folio is an incredible way to store your new family heirlooms. The box is covered in luxurious soft touch faux leather material and has a plush velvet interior. The lid has a special compartment to hold the accompanying crystal USB, keeping your digital images safe along with your prints. Folio boxes from 3xm are included in every The Folio package level, and fit up to 30 matted images!

Folio packages are not only gorgeous and a great way to keep your images when they aren't on the wall, they are also the best bang for your buck. Folio packages offer greater savings at every level (my favorite part), starting at a $25 savings per image at the smallest and up to more than 50% off per image. That's a $1600 dollar savings! Sorry for all the exclamation marks, but c'mon that's a ton of money saved.

For more information on what is included in each package and the price at each package level, visit our Services & Products page.

Updated: Feb 5, 2018

You've pulled the trigger and booked your shoot! I can't wait to photograph you and create gorgeous images together. "But wait, what do I wear?" you ask. I've got you! The short answer is, it depends on the look and feel you want for your images.

Are you going for my signature glam look? Let's pick out a gorgeous gown or two and then a short dress for a more casual look. Want something chic and sophisticated? The little black dress can never lead you wrong, how about lace? And a crisp white shirt is timeless. Want fun and flirty? SEQUINS! and a great jeans/tee combo. We will be shooting 2 to 3 looks so you'll need 3 outfits total.

Here are some guides to help you as you choose:

- choose solids over patterns, lace patterns are fine (I love lace!)

- No matter your size or shape, choose clothing that lays close to your body. Loose or baggy clothing hides the line of your body and makes you look bigger than you are.

- Don't overthink it, at the end of the day it's about YOU, not what you're wearing. I have wardrobe pieces in my studio in sizes XS through XXL that you can use!

No matter the look you are going for, I have created this Pinterest board for inspiration.

Make sure you bring:

- nude bra and undies

- wardrobe pieces clean and ironed

- shapewear if you want it, this is optional and by client preference

- any jewelry you want to wear. I also have pieces for clients to choose from!

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