Category: Sessions

Great Gatsby themed 1920s Gala

The Great Gatsby themed 1920s Gala during The Reset Conference was definitely one of the BEST parts of the whole conference. This conference is such an intimate and joy filled atmosphere – it’s like no other conference for creatives I’ve ever been to! The speakers are always so awesome about being real & sharing their stories (even when it isn’t pretty) and I’ve grown to expect that each year and I truly appreciate it! The hostesses of the conference Rebekah Albaugh and Kellie Penn had a change of venues – which gave us the opportunity to partake in some 1920s themed fun! They planned a 1920s gala for the speakers & attendees in the lower level of the historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY.

I’m jumping out of a jam packed weekend full of fun and learning at The Reset Conference for photographers and I’m so excited to share a few photos from the Great Gatsby themed 1920s Gala! Let me introduce to you Kayla and Adam!!! Kayla is a fellow photographer that attended the event and she is such a sweet gal! I had so much fun getting to know her this weekend! When she asked me to photographer her and Adam – I melted! Getting to shoot another photographer in a historical hotel like Seelbach was like a dream come true! We had a blast!!!

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Southern Illinois based husband and wife wedding photography and videography team.

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Amazing Story of Recovery

This morning we had a young woman come into the studio for a model call. My inspiration for the shoot was to bring encouragement, positivity, and confidence to this lovely momma of four. We brought in a makeup artist and hairstylist from Bella Chez Salon in Salem, IL and this beautiful lady got the royal treatment. What I didn’t know when I reached out to Michelle was that she is a recovering drug addict. She shared the honest truth about her story with me and I was blown away by her progress. She is 14 months clean and has taken huge steps to stay clean.Bella Chez Salon Salem, IL Hair and Makeup artist in studio

From Michelle:
“I started smoking pot at 12. Worked my way to harder drugs by 16 & was a functioning addict.. I held jobs, went to school, and raised my children. I graduated in May of 2011 with my A.S. in early childhood education and I am 3 classes away from my A.S. in criminal justice. I got pregnant at 19 and again at 23 and was able to remain clean during both pregnancies. I am working my 12 steps in a small women’s step study in Centralia on Sundays. I’m one week away from completing it! When I started using IV drugs I lost control and the dope took over. We nearly lost everything and the main reason we are clean now is because my husband got into trouble and we knew we couldn’t be together with one of us clean. We had wanted to be clean for a long time, but that was the push we needed. Since then we have gotten our home out of foreclosure, gotten all our bills caught up, bought a nicer vehicle, we have custody of all of our kids, and I’m back working full time.
What helps me stay clean is having my husband Jerad who understands and taking a step back and looking at how we were living compared to now. I never want to go back. We now have honest, true friends and trust of our families back. Our children now respect us and we will never be bad influences to them again. We are their role models and I was slipping, but I’m never going down that path again.”

One thing Michelle shared about is the Celebrate Recovery meeting she attends at the Apostolic Church locally. With a little research I found that Celebrate Recovery is a world-wide program that helps pull people out of addiction. What an awesome resource for those struggling with dependency. Michelle said that it’s an amazing place to share safely with others & hopes that others who are struggling can find out about this program. From a CR advocate, “While Celebrate Recovery is known for addressing addiction it also addresses any type of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. That’s the beauty of the program.”

Glamour Shots

We are so thankful God brought Michelle into our studio today.. it’s truly a God thing that pulled this idea out of nowhere & made such an amazing impact on me. I truly hope that her honest openness and her incredible story can help someone else who is in a dark place and needs hope that change CAN happen. Thank you Michelle for being so transparent and allowing me to share your story with others.

She has been through so much and LOOK at her. She is stunning! I had to share the black & white version of each of these images because there is something so classy about a good ol’ black & white photo! I can’t tell you how proud I am of this young women for recovering from the addictions and awfulness of drugs. God is going to do amazing things with you, Michelle!
Recovering with Celebrate Recovery

Studio Glamour Shot I noticed Michelle’s tattoo on her collarbone – it says “One Day at a Time” and she said it’s something they say in meetings and that it’s a personal reminder to her. One day at a time. She said, “I also suffer from anxiety and it’s a small reminder.. just one day at a time.. sometimes I think one hour at a time one minute at a time.. even one second at a time.”

One Day at a Time Tattoo - in reference to CR

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