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"New Year, New Headshots"

Hi there!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week.  I was able to enjoy a little time off work and a trip home to Mississippi to visit my family.  Don't you just love the holidays?

So much has happened since my last post that I'll need a few blogs to catch up.  With the new year on the horizon, I'm busy getting geared up for big things in 2016.  I can hardly wait to see what lies ahead.  With a new year brings so many new possibilities, new goals, new focus and for me new headshots!

Over the years, I've come to realize that how you present yourself in person and virtually is so very important for the small business owner.  I've worked really hard to ensure that my presence speaks to who I am as a person and as a business owner.  As my business and brand grows, how I present myself should as well.  So it dawned on me recently that it was probably time to step things up in the headshot department. 

I've gone through quite a few headshots in the span of a few years.  The first couple were really more focused on the blog than anything else.  You may also recall that I actually won a photography session last year and was able to get a few new shots done for the website launch at the start of 2015. While I do like the photos, I wanted a little more from them.

Fast forward to this past Summer, when I met Monique Floyd at a networking event for local creatives.

After meeting Monique, I followed her on social media and fell in love with her work.  Monique's  primary focus is  beauty photography and she's a pro at capturing women in our best light.  Her work is worth seeing, trust me.  Click HERE to check out her portfolio.

After completing my Master Bedroom Makeover, I had this wild idea to have a skirt made our of the leftover chintz headboard fabric and then have some photos made.

 Shout out to my Mom for whipping up a fabulous full skirt over the Thanksgiving holiday.

With the wardrobe settled, I scheduled a date to make it happen.  I also started to pin some inspiration for the shoot on Pinterest.

I  wanted some "action" shots that really expressed what my business/brand is all about and I immediately thought about my partnership with our local Habitat ReStores.  The staff was gracious enough to open the store for me on a Sunday so that I could shoot on location. Seriously, they ROCK!

Needless to say, it didn't take long for me to fill a cart with vintage goodies to use as props in the shoot.  Honestly, I wanted to buy it ALL!  (I may have left with a couple of items. : )

Monique was amazing.  In addition to being a talented photographer, she's also a professional makeup artist.  That's a pretty handy skill for a photographer to carry around in her back pocket. 

There's nothing like getting the star treatment to make you look and feel your best. 

After an hour or so in the store, I felt like we had some pretty great options. 

I can't thank the Our Towns ReStore enough for their help.

via Monique Floyd Photgraphy's Instagram
After that, all there was to do was wait on Monique to do her magic... and magic she did. 
I couldn't be more pleased with the results...

It's hard to pick a favorite.  I love them all!  I'm particularly fond of the fact that I'm sitting on a vintage sofa in the last one.  I mean, given the fact that I reinvent so much vintage furniture, I think this one is perfect.  I also love the second shot because I'm shopping and that's so much a part of what I do (and truthfully who I am). 

I'm officially ready to knock 'em dead in 2016.  I've got a feeling, this year is going to be the best one yet!

7 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl, I love them all. I would have a hard time picking as well. I hope 2016 is filled with an abundance of blessing for you. Cheers!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Great pictures! And your mom did a fabulous job on that beautiful skirt.

Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

Girl, YOU ROCK!!! What an amazig year and I can't wait to see what 2016 brings. All of the pictures are beautiful, but my favorite is #1. Who can pull off a skirt that matches their headboard? Only YOU!!

Steve Borchert said... Reply To This Comment

These look fantastic Cheryl! Very well done and good luck picking a favorite!!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

@Marsha Jones
Thanks so much! Happy New Year to you too!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

@Yolanda Thanks so much!

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