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Solid Gold Esthetics | Brand Session Sneakpeek

Last month Carla hired me to capture some photos of her studio, as well as, one of her classes and I am so excited about how much we were able to accomplish in a quick one hour session.  Take a peek through the photos above!

It really was such an honour to document some of Carla’s incredible hard-work and talent.  Carla is the owner of Solid Gold Esthetics in Blackfalds.  She also happens to be the one to give my first ever tattoo!!  And I know a bunch of you have noticed because I get DMs about my fab new brows all the time haha.  Honestly, as girl who can barely handle mascara, Carla is basically some sort of magical creature to me.  This woman effortlessly free hands the most perfect brows a girl could dream of.

Annnyways, now that I am done fan-girling, let’s chat quick about brand sessions and how they can add value to your business:

  1. They help tell your brand story.  Let’s be real.  As customers we prefer to buy from people not faceless companies.  Lifestyle photos show people who YOU are and why your work matters.
  2. They are workhorses.  You can use your images in print, on instagram, on facebook, on pinterest, your website, your blog, in brochures, on business cards (I really could go on).  These photos are meant to give you a visual foundation for you online and offline presence.
  3. They show you and your business in the best light.  Literally.
  4. Lifestyle sessions are versatile and totally customizable.  In an organized one or two hour session, we can capture everything from products to behind-the-scenes.  This variety can serve you (and your instagram feed) for months to come!!

If you have any questions about Brand Sessions OR my micro-blading experience let me know!!  I am all ears and would love to help ya out.

Warmly,

Karmen

PS.  I took daily videos during the micro-blading process.  If you guys are interested and would find this sort of info helpful let me know!  I will happily post them for you!

 

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Every Body Is Beautiful | International Womens Day

 

It all started at the beach. Young, modest and insecure; I found myself wading in the water wearing a one-piece Speedo covered with a t-shirt and board shorts. I’m not sure why I felt my thighs were embarrassing or that my body was something to be covered and unseen, I just know that by being covered up I was hiding. I was afraid.

It was at the beach that I saw mothers, women confidently in bikinis. I watched them in awe, and disbelief. How did they not feel concerned with all the people around them seeing their imperfect bodies? How did they get the confidence to so nonchalantly show themselves to the world?

Years have passed and I am now a mother myself. I think back to these moments I had when I was young, so insecure, yet, so amazed by the confidence these women exuded. Their freedom and confidence gave me permission to be OK with myself.

I could dress like myself.
I could be myself.
I could breathe.

It’s been a process, and I’d be lying if I said that I figured everything out. The whole journey has left a lasting impression on me and it is the reason why I photograph women in a way that claims back our womanliness and celebrates the female body for all of its strength and loveliness.

This shoot is a culmination of these things as well as so much more. Each woman pictured has been on her own unique journey, and I couldn’t be happier that we all ended up spending a chilly evening standing together in Mill Creek, Edmonton. My hope is that others will see these incredible, strong, smart, beautiful women as a source of encouragement and strength. That perhaps for a few, it might just be the first step on a road to self-discovery and self-love.

Let’s look out for each other, friends. Let’s take every possible opportunity to build each other up. You don’t know when a young girl, covered up in a speedo, will be watching.

 

Models:

Marielle Elizabeth
Hannah Hamilton
Osase
Kendra Allen
Sharon Litchfield
Justine Ma
Anna Stein

Floral Crowns:

Lacombe Florists

Hair:

Jill Keech

Make-Up:

Shake-up That Make-up 

Tiiu Antrea

Clothing:

Red Ribbon 

 

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6 Responses to “Every Body Is Beautiful | International Womens Day”

  1. Sandra

    These women are so beautiful!
    The images take the viewer on a rollercoaster – smiling at the beauty, laughing with the models, tenderness, heartache, love … it’s all there.
    Thank you Karmen for sharing this blog – your amazing photography skills and also your story, I never knew that was what you were feeling back then.
    Your girls have such a great roll model in their mom, one day they will realize how truly lucky they are!

  2. Karmen Meyer

    Thanks so so much!! And I am honestly so darn lucky to have so many strong female role models growing up. There is no denying how much it helped shape me!

  3. Lyndsay

    This is an absolutely gorgeous session. The women and the intention and message behind it. Well done

  4. Karly Ford

    Stunning!! Seriously! ah! So much emotion comes thru❤️ the ladies, the location, the shots! such a beautiful job

  5. Michel

    such a beautiful session and an incredible message. Great job Karmen

  6. Meg

    Such a gorgeous group of women and these photos are absolutely beautiful!

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Vintage Trailer Reno | 1970s Triple E Camper

 

OH my goodness you guys!!  I got an email from Alberta Parks saying that we can start booking camping sites at the end of the month! When I read it, two things immediately crossed my mind:

  1. That’s flippin’ crazy.  Its FEBRUARY.  I don’t plan that far in advance.
  2. Weeeee camping!

And now I keep finding myself daydreaming of summer, and actually considering camping sites in February lol. So since I can’t get summer off my mind anayways, I figured now would be the perfect time to share our little trailer reno here on the blog.

If you follow me on instagram you have probably caught me over-sharing about our beloved little trailer already. But for those of you who haven’t, I inherited this teensy little home-on-wheels when my Dad passed away and proceeded to spend a good chunk of last spring giving it a bit of a face-lift. I can honestly say that it turned out to be a wonderful healing process for both me and the trailer! We are both feeling lighter and brighter and less leaky.

Here is a little glimpse at the BEFORE pictures:

My grandparents bought this trailer brand new in the 70s, so it is filled to the brim with road trip memories. The fabric on the cushions has already been replaced at some point, but I really wanted to keep as much of the rest as original as possible. The hardest part really was tying in the new fabrics with the (awesome) existing patterns and colours of the 70s. Not gonna lie, I think it was a wonderful success. Everything feels fresh and clean, but nothing is so precious that dirty camping fingers and muddy paws can ruin it.






 

Last summer we gave it a good test-run. We enjoyed every bit of our hard-work, and I reveled in the fact that I get to keep this little piece of my dad’s childhood alive with my own family. To say we are excited to make some new memories this year would be a giant understatement….. So I just might have to be that person who books their camping in February lol️. How about you? Do you book early to get your favourite spots? Or do you do what I usually do and just call around until you find something available haha?

P.S.  If you have any questions regarding the reno let me know!!  Just didn’t want to bore y’all with the details 😉


HUGE thanks to Suzanne Taylor Photography for taking some photos of us hanging out on a perfect Alberta summer night.  All the lovely photos of us are by her.

6 Responses to “Vintage Trailer Reno | 1970s Triple E Camper”

  1. Brina

    Omg this is the cutest

  2. Jenny

    This is amazing! Love that camper. What a fun way to make memories with your family! And these pics are just darling.

    • Karmen Meyer

      awwwwes thanks Jenny. I agree camping memories are the most wonderful memories

  3. Hannah

    Ok I love this so much now I want one! Also your whole family is STUDLY.

    • Karmen Meyer

      ok you make me laugh!! And I seriously hope you get one. We see them going for nickel on Kijiji all the time, like the exact same one haha <3

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