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πŸ’–Wife to AndrΓ©s ✨Momma to Damian & baby on the way πŸ“·PDX Photographer | canon ❀︎ πŸ•ŠChrist follower πŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™‚οΈBody positive vibes

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Bump update 🀰🏽 . At 31.5 weeks pregnant, it's getting close to due date! Loving food these days (like always), but not loving sweets (the baby doesn't like it)! I'm not liking the sunshine or heat, love the rainy cool days which are rare in summertime, love resting but not taking naps, and watching movies would have to be my favorite thing to do to relax.πŸŽ₯ . Occasionally I get the sudden burst of energy to get dolled up and take pictures of myself, but that seems to be happening less and less. πŸ’‹ . I am so looking forward to birthing this baby. Ya'll have no ideaaaaaa. πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ #drpresets at Portland, Oregon

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Last year I bought a new camera and lenses to go with it but I haven't been too happy with the lenses. I'm thinking about switching from canon lenses to sigma lenses! Any thoughts on #canonlenses vs. #sigmalenses ??? πŸ€” Let me know in the comments // SWIPE FOR THE BEFORE PIC #drpresets at Portland, Oregon

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SWIPE FOR THE BEFORE PIC // This picture was taken a few weeks after I had my first born, Damian (totally sound like a mom). πŸ˜†I remember I was nervous to get in front of the camera after my body had gone through so many changes. I felt so relieved to be on the road to recovery but I definitely didn't feel like myself until about 6-8 weeks postpartum. To all the mamas who went/ are still going through PPD I can't imagine not feeling like yourself for that long. 😫Bless you for your sacrifices. πŸ™πŸ½Thinking 'bout you @amandavernonmusic #drpresets at Albany, Oregon

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Trying my hand at creating Lightroom presets from scratch! I got tired of trying to tweak other people's presets to get my own "look", but it never worked well for me and I was left unhappy with my edits for a long time. It took many many attempts to finally get a preset that I like, and it gets a little easier each time I make a @lightroom preset. I feel like I did something right, πŸ˜‚I'm taking this next step and really #branding my work. My goal is to never use someone else's presets again. πŸ™…πŸ½πŸ‘ŠπŸ½ #igotthis SWIPE FOR THE BEFORE PIC #drpresets at Portland, Oregon

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To be honest I feel really ill at 30 weeks pregnant. I feel like I'm a wimp... but I know growing a baby is hard work, so I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I set out each day to keep my family alive (fed, diapers changed, safe from harm, etc.) and that's about all I can handle right now. ✌🏽🀰🏽 #30weekspregnant at Portland, Oregon

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We took naps, cleaned the apartment, ate burgers, and played with sparklers. πŸ’₯Happy 4th of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ at Portland, Oregon

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This is definitely my mood for the third trimester. 😢I'm thankful that my husband is a kind man because I am SO irritable while pregnant and so in a fog right now. I'm starting to lose sleep at night from frequent bathroom trips, hip and back pain, randomly waking up feeling like I can't breathe, and waking up drenched in sweat from nightmares. TMI? Yeah, I know... September can't come soon enough. πŸ˜¬πŸ€— #29weekspregnant at Portland, Oregon

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and said a negative comment to yourself? πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ½I have. In fact, up until a couple months ago I was in the habit of saying very negative, mean, and hurtful words to myself whenever I saw my reflection in a mirror or a photo of myself. 😭 β€’ I was taught to view my body negatively from a very young age. I was taught that skinny is the only type of beauty, from my mom, my peers, and society. πŸ˜₯ β€’ I had it in my mind that I was working towards my "ideal body shape" and that I would definitely get there someday, and it was just a process I had to go through to get there! ⏳ β€’ Well, I never reached that ideal shape, and guess what? I never will. Because it was a complete lie of what I believed was the "perfect body image". Guess what? There. Is. No. Such. Thing. 😱 β€’ Then came the reality check (and this is so embarrassing to say) I got all dressed up recently for an event, and not one single person (besides my husband) told me I looked beautiful. It took me hours to get ready and I put so much effort into how I looked for no compliments at all. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ β€’ Then it hit me! I can not be misguided into believing that my own beauty comes from what other people think is beautiful, or how other people see me. πŸ’‘ β€’ Wow!!! So now what? Well, realizing my beauty comes from knowing my own worth, and seeing my own beauty- no matter what other people say, or don't say, how does that change the way I FEEL about myself? πŸ’“Words. Kind words.πŸ’“It took only 3 days of KIND WORDS to start looking in the mirror to truly see a beautiful woman looking back at me. All my stretch marks, beautiful, all my roles, beautiful, all my split ends, beautiful. 😍 β€’ I'm not saying my journey will be easy, I'm not saying that I won't still have struggles with body image, but I do know that I am beautiful. Whether I am 40 lbs heavier, or 40lbs lighter (like in this image of myself from years ago). 😘 β€’ If you haven't told yourself you are beautiful in a while, or ever, know that you are beautiful with every single shape, shade, curve of your body, and texture of your hair. Now go tell that to yourself if the freaking mirror. You are enough. πŸ’• at Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Double tap if you love flowers! πŸ™‹πŸ½This photo feels like a dream I don't want to wake up from. 😍 at Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

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Hey baby girl, who's name I still do not know... I can't believe next week we will be in the third trimester! I'm nervous to go into labor with you, but I'm really excited for you to be born! This seems so surreal, even though you move and kick me every day, it's hard to believe I will have another baby in only three months. πŸ‘ΆπŸ½I'm so curious to see who you will look like. You are a true gift from God, little one. πŸ’•πŸ€°πŸ½πŸ˜‡ at Hillsboro, Oregon

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Hello friends! For the foreseeable future, I will only be on @instagram on Tuesdays. This has been mostly inspired by @oliviastrohmphoto who also instagrams on Tuesdays alone, and wrote an AMAZING article about it on her website. Plus it's been on my heart to use the app less frequently, so I'm going to try it! 😎You may also be wondering why I started posting more photos of myself verses my clients. This is because I was inspired by @jennakutcher in one of her @goaldiggerpodcast to allow my followers to get to know who I am and what I'm all about. On top of all that, I'm so busy taking care of my toddler and baby on the way, that this new set up is perfect for me and my photography. πŸ€— Thanks for taking the time to read this! Happy Tuesday 😘 UPDATE: Grammin on Tuesdays alone is getting me no where--- πŸ˜‚ It was worth a try πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ at Hillsboro, Oregon

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Damian's distracted, and I look out of it. πŸ˜… Feeling seriously pregnant at 26 weeks!!! Say a prayer for me because my husband is gone for 2 weeks at drill and I'm nervous to be by myself for that long!!! πŸ˜‚ πŸ™πŸ½πŸ€°πŸ½ at Portland, Oregon

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It's Tuesday! Grab a bunch of tulips and stick then in a pot and place them on your kitchen floor and take a picture. Some how my soul finds peace in taking pictures of flowers. I might have to start doing this weekly. 😍🌸🌻🌼Anyone want to go to the rose garden with me this week??? at Hillsboro, Oregon

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"Beloved: May grace and peace be yours in abundance" at Albany, Oregon

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This was a while ago at the Marine Corps Ball. Probably my favorite picture of us. Hope everyone had a blessed Memorial Day/ weekend! #lovemyhusband at Portland, Oregon

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πŸ˜‚ This is called a FAILED attempt at taking a picture with your son. I don't know how the blogger moms can take such nice photos with their kids???? Basically what's happening is, I'm cuddling my toddler like I try to do everyday and he's just not having it- he's about to lose it and I'm pretending this is a nice moment. πŸ˜‡Maybe I'll get more cuddles with my second child. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ€°πŸ½πŸ™ƒ at Hillsboro, Oregon

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Would it be crazy of me to drive from Portland all the way to Michigan with a toddler by myself? πŸ˜‚ Would it be an adventure or just chaotic??? If I fly there I'm afraid my 15 month old won't do well on the 4 hour plane ride... but my husband suggested flying at night so hopefully he would sleep. What do you think... Road trip or airplane?? P.S I hate flying πŸ€£πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ at Los Angeles, California

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Sometimes I have too much to say that I just remain silent, and keep the thoughts close to my heart for a while. But, I have been thinking about my role as a mother and body image, and the way I was taught to view my body as a kid, by how my parents viewed their own bodies. I am also reading a book about body image and I am (to say the least) angry, sad, yet hopeful, but mostly fascinated by what God is revealing to me. And that's all for now. πŸ’– #roadtohealing at International Rose Test Garden

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