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Lisa | Hyponotherapist | Marblehead, MA | Portrait Photography, Headshots

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So this is my neighbor Lisa. She's amazingly sweet and kind. She's a also a hypnotherapist that helps people overcome obstacles that they find challenging and struggle with. It's totally not what you think when you think about hypnosis. There are no spinning wheels and she doesn't make you cluck like a chicken, lol. She is truly skilled at working with people who need to change their eating habits, their financial life, those who are trying to work on their health and so much more. She does guided meditation and relaxation in order to help you visualize your goals and work toward them. If you've been looking for something like this and you're in the North Shore (or even Boston), she can be contacted at labbate @ innershifthypnosis.com (email broken to prevent spam)

We headed over to Marblehead Neck, just a skip and a hop from where we both live! How lucky are we to live in such a beautiful place?!

Rouge | Salem Commercial and Headshot Photography

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I had the pleasure of working with these amazing ladies from Rouge Makeup in Salem, MA. They have a great selection of affordable high end make up, they give classes and also offer spa treatments.

Inspiration & Photography

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I almost feel as though the two words are sometimes synonymous. At least to me. I love how I can flip through something as simple as instagram and be so completely inspired by a photo that someone posted. It's usually a very basic, but amazing image of a gorgeous of mountain, body of water, or a forest cloaked in fog. These images do what they've set out to do... create wanderlust. Oh wanderlust. 

wanderlust :



a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

You know, I have had wanderlust my entire life. I have, since a very young age, hoped that my talents would give me the ability to "travel about". And they have. Even when it hasn't been entirely physical. I think the meaning of wanderlust can be applied to our mental meanderings as well. I feel like I'm always searching for a new thing, idea, feeling... I'm always searching for the new, even when it might be old, as long as it's new to me.

Peeking through the gorgeous greenery that inhabits Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

When my partner and I first started living with each other, we travelled. Oh, how we travelled. Then we had kids. Traveling slowed down quite a bit, as expected, but we were very excited and lucky enough to travel to Vancouver this April. My need to travel at that point was palpable. If you have kids, you completely understand what it is to lose the ability to fully concentrate on anything when you're in the thick of it. This particular trip was childless and I cannot describe to you how I drank it all in. Never have I paid so much attention. 

Jim up ahead of me as I lagged behind taking a photo every 2 feet we walked.

I feel like my eye changed a bit while we were there. I felt more patient. I felt more aware. I felt like I approached taking a photo differently that I did before. I only brought one camera, my Fuji x100s (and 8 batteries!). With only a fixed focal length, I was forced to switch gears. I couldn't have made a better choice. 

This lake is in the middle of Stanley Park and is disappearing. It probably wont be here in 10 years.

Finding Freedom

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Today, I posted a very honest moment of frustration on my personal Instagram. 

Can I be honest here? I hope so and I hope to receive some insight or advice from my peers. Before I moved to Salem, I thought I'd be able to just jump back into photography without a hitch. In Atlanta, I never had a problem selling myself or networking and always had work or someone willing to let me shoot them for the fun of it. Well, I couldn't have been further off in my expectations. I can't even give away free work here! No longer is my friendly demeanor and solid work enough to garner business. I have gone door to door to businesses and people in the street, I have been SEOing my site until my eyes are crossed. My attempts at networking have not been fruitful. I feel so much push back, ambivalence and indifference that it's almost palpable. I'm at a very real and serious point of frustration... To the level of wondering what the hell I'm even doing anymore. I'm no longer willing to shoot the things I don't enjoy shooting. I want to shoot commercial and leave family and weddings behind. The only thing keeping me going is the excitement of contributing to Stocksy (stock photography) and I still have a long way to go to meet the goals I want to reach there. I'm sharing all of this in hopes that someone has been through the same and possibly has some words of wisdom (I'll take encouragement too) to share with me. It's really hard to live in a place where you don't have close friends or family and survive when you're a social person by nature and your business depends on those connections. Sorry if this was too personal or mopey for anyone but sometimes you gotta be real with everyone. -#bummedinsalem

And, I received some absolutely wonderful advice from friends and peers. The most resounding advice was to basically be patient and keep my head in the game. I get that. I've been doing that. I've been keeping my blinders on. I've been trying to ignore the sadness I feel. You see, I LOVE taking pictures. When I found photography, I found what I was meant to do. I'm one of the lucky ones. I found what I'm supposed to be doing and I'm damn good at it. I crave photography. The thrill I get when I finish a shoot and am able to translate to you what I had swimming around in my head is a high I can't explain to anyone... and well, I haven't been able to shoot anything I've been WANTING to shoot lately due to things just not working out with every shoot I've tried to set up. I've been going for stock photography as much as I can, but I long to shoot beautiful images of people. All of this makes me feel stuck. I just want to be free to take pictures. That's all. Photography is my version of freedom. 

Since I'm also a singer and musician... this is the song that resonates in my heart right now. I'm gonna go sing it until everyone's sick of hearing it!