An old friend always said, "I wish people could see how amazing you are." People also state that a picture is worth 1,000 words. So why not start with a photo shoot? On Groupon®.com, I found Laughter Loves Photography. When I first spoke to Sharyl Salmonson, I don't think she knew quite what to make of me. I was not doing the typical family photo shoot, or a high school graduation remembrance. However, after telling her about Chasing Stormi she quickly grew as excited as I was!
We agreed to meet at Cedar Lake Park in Olathe the next morning. I woke up to a chilly, dreary, and soggy morning, but I was determined to make the best of it. Who better to deal with stormy weather than me? I chose my three outfits, and I set off to meet my mystery photographer.
When Sharyl climbed out of the car, she took my breath away with her height, glow, baby bump, and contagious smile. Oh yeah. This was going to be fun!
I learned a little bit about the history of Laughter Loves Photography that day. Sharyl was also very supportive of my own new "baby.” I watched with awe at her amazing grace, even with her precious baby bump. Sharyl showed great creativeness as she worked with utmost professionalism, even with the huge amount of laughing, dancing, face making, and giggling that was going on.
It was when I was changing into my second outfit that I heard Sharyl entertaining us both with various sound effects. Proof we were kindred spirits. Now it was time to make sure she really got the full Chasing Stormi experience....It was time to turn the nerdette volume to max.
When we had finished laughing, and it was time to get serious, Sharyl showed me the various products she was able to produce. You could tell that Laughter Loves Photography was the real deal. I was thankful they were on Groupon®! However, it was seeing the pictures first hand that day that really sealed the deal for me.
I felt so liberated, alive, and motivated for my next adventure! This definitely proved to be the right first move. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
I think sometimes we get too caught up in life. We forget to let loose and laugh a little. It turned out that the laughing pictures were the ones I loved the most. They gave me pride and pleasure. Sharyl had definitely captured the “real me.”
During a time that I was trying to learn how to adjust my sails, I found someone that I was able to quickly call my friend. A woman that was full of inspiration. A woman who reminded me what I could be again: special, amazing, and worthy of only but great things.
The future was mine for the taking, and I was going to do just that.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!