With Justine | Edmonton Blogger

 

I jussssst realized that I have never blogged my session with the lovely Justine (@withjustine).  She was writing a an article about hidden gems in Edmonton and I had SOO much fun wandering around some of her favorite neighbourhoods.  Edmonton has become such a special place to me.  It is where I went to school for photography, it’s where Brad and I bought our first home, it where our oldest daughter was born!!  And even though we live outside of the city now, it will always feel like home.  I absolutely adore our frequent visits with it’s places and wonderful people.

If you are an Edmontonian or will be visiting this summer I highly recommend checking out Justine’s blog posts about Highlands and Westmount.  Below I’ve linked up some of my favorite stops, come tag along with us!

 

 


 

 

THE TEA GIRL

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If there is one thing you probably know about Justine, it’s that she has a SERIOUS love of heritage homes.

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LISTEN RECORDS

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ARTURO DENIM

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DARAVARA

 

OK now let’s hop and the car and head over to Highlands, shall we?

 

CHICKIES ANTIQUES

 

MAJESTY AND FRIENDS

 

MANDOLIN BOOKS

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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.

 

 

Publication:

DOTE Magazine

 

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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10 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

    • Karmen Meyer

      Oh thanks so, so much Karly. I will honestly never forget this day. Theis women showed up in such a BIG way <3

  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!

    • Karmen Meyer

      Thank you so much Meg!! And I completely agree, such a wonderful group of women <3

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