Fight the Funk by Feeling Fabulous

Not everyday will be glamorous, filled with joy, or easy. Some days are gloomy, trying, and downright hard. Regardless of how many aspects of life you can find gratitude for, some days it’s more difficult than others. These are the days I “Fight the Funk”.

Here are a few tips to increase your mood and get back to “you”!

  1. Put on some uplifting music
    There is nothing like music. It has been used as a fork of therapy for decades, but so many people forget how spiritually stimulating a good tune and funky beat can be.
  2. Throw yourself a fashion show
    Put on clothes you haven’t tried in a while. Go in your closet and in your drawers and try on different combinations that have seemed intimidating. Have fun with it!
  3. Create
    Get crafty and create something, anything. If nothing comes to mind, or you just don’t think it’ll help, create a vision board. Visually creating what you want in life and your future is uplifting all within itself.
  4. Photoshoot
    Get dolled up, play your favorite jams, and take some selfies, do an Ignite Virtual Session, or set up an in-person photo shoot!
  5. Journal
    Writing down your mood and how your day has unraveled is a form of release. Feel the emotions and let the go!

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It’s Not Just About Sex

During a conversation with a friend the other day, she mentioned how she could never do a boudoir session because she is the “complete opposite of sexy”. I stopped in my tracks and remembered what I thought of this genre of photography before marriage and before having children. So many people honestly think it was all about sex and the appeal of sex, even I did. It wasn’t until 2018 that I completed my first boudoir photo session and fell head over heels.

It can be intimidating to remove clothing or have the expectation that you have to do so, just to have a boudoir session. Many women even say they are “too chubby” for boudoir. I say there is no such thing! It’s so much more than what you wear or how you look. With or without clothing, boudoir is stripping down emotionally to your core. It is tearing down walls that have been built around social beauty standards. It is simply realizing that you are wonderful just as you are and not asking for permission to be the bad ass you were born to be.

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    Self Love

    When was the last time I had more than a moment to myself? Or felt beautiful just because? When was the last time I put on makeup, let down my hair and wasn’t fearful of getting spit-up in it? When was the last time I saw me.

    As a wife, a mother of two, and an entrepreneur, making time to pamper myself or simply just be is hard. It’s usually during nap time or once my husband gets home from work. This day, I was able to take time for me. I made an appoint with myself. Put on makeup, my favorite outfits while video chatting with a girl friend on what I should wear and loved on me.

    With everything going on in the world, we all need a little self love.

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      Mother, Meet My Maker

      Looking for an image of my mother has always been difficult, similar to looking for a needle in a hay stack. Even in my youth, I remember searching high and low for a picture of her, as I knew her, to fill a frame I received from my grandmother. The only image I had was from her high school senior portraits taken before I was even thought of, and this young lady in the portraits I did not know. She was my mother of course, but everything about her, from her hair, her makeup, even her dress was not the woman I knew.

      After graduating college, I made it a point for my mother and I to take selfies whenever we saw each other, since lived about an eight hour drive apart. Even then, it was a task, as I just wanted to enjoy her in all her glory. She’s a mom, and my mom at that!

      Now, as a mother myself, I can understand not only how she is absent is so many pictures, but I understand the why. It’s easy to get lost in the moment. It’s easy to give your attention to others, especially your children. It’s easy to shy away from the camera because you may not feel like you “deserve” to be in the picture because you don’t feel like you look the part, or heck, you may not even feel like it. The thing is, no child, or adult for that matter, should have to shovel through pictures or images just to find the one person that means the most to them. And no mother should neglect herself or her existence in her children’s lives by being absent in every picture. Mothers need more pictures. Mothers should exist in pictures. With AND without their children and significant others.

      My mother is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered and I am so happy to have captured her and all the beauty she possesses, inside in out. I’m so she enjoyed the amazing experience of being photographed like the wonder she is.

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        Having a Small Business During Social Distancing

        In the recent world news, coronavirus, offically known as COVID-19, has taken over. Schools have shut down, malls and parks are closed, and almost every store seems to keep running out of toilet paper! Any business that is considered non-essential has been asked to close down in the state of Ohio as well as many other states here in the United States. This has left small businesses is a bad position, with many having to close due to the lack of income. Others are trying to find a way to pay not only their business expenses, such as insurance, but also get some footing on their home finances. These time are truly trying for small businesses, especially those who thrive on social interaction and the client experiences they provide.

        With National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day coming this Sunday, March 29, 2020, I have put together a few ways you can celebrate and support a small business during this major pandemic.

        1. Purchase Gift Cards
          • If your favorite small businesses are still present and have plans to reopen once everything settles down, purchase a gift card. This can be a gift to you to use at a later date or for someone you think would love their products or services. It’s an easy way to support a small business and help them during these times. Toria Germain Photography currently has all gifts cards 10% off until May 5th, 2020 with the code: HEALTHY2020. Visit Gifts for more information.
        2. Write a raving review
          • If you’ve experienced a particular shop’s services or purchased one of their products, write a review! Like most of the United States, you’re probably self-quarantining. You now have the time to do the small and large scale things you’ve always wanted. Take the time to think of all the small business who made you smile!
        3. Purchase their products online
          • Have something you’ve been wanting to purchase but felt like it could wait? Well, there’s no time like now! Seriously! With all that is going on in the world, your purchase from a small business could honestly become their next meal. If you are able, make that purchase and share the good-will by purchasing (early) gifts for your loved ones as well.
        4. Boost their social media accounts
          • Many small businesses thrive on social media engagement and having people simple “like” their pages. With more likes and followers, these businesses get more perks to be able to create more revenue and continue to fund and provide the best services for their clients. This also can allow them to spend more quality time with those they love! While having some followers is amazing, oftentimes the perks don’t come until you hit at least 1000 followers. So, give it your best shot and send an invite to your friends to like your favorite small business. You can also boost their accounts by simply engaging with them by liking and commenting on their posts! This makes it easier for them to be found in that particular social media’s search engine.
            • To send invites to friends on Facebook: (1) Scroll across the top of my page, (2) Go to ‘COMMUNITY’, (3) Click ‘INVITE FRIENDS’ (this may be available by clicking the three horizontal dots if you are on a laptop or desktop), (4) Click ‘ALL’, (5) Waita few seconds for the invitations to send.
        5. Support One Another
          • If you are a small business and need services from another small business, reach out to them, you may be able to make an agreement to help one another! Need photos? Reach out to a photographer and hire them to provide professional photographs of the product you sell. Find mutual ground where you can help each other.

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