Alcoholics Annonymous

“I ain’t here for a long time. I’m here for a good time. So bring on the sunshine, to hell with the red wine, pour me some moonshine.” -George Straight

Monday morning, we’re all likely to recognize that drinking alcohol isn’t the most productive way to spend time, but by Friday- we’re all just about ready for some moonshine! But despite the empty wallet factor… what are the actual cons to drinking alcohol? Is it as bad as we think it is?

Fit Sugar sent out to answer this question, and answered it for us by hitting on three key points:

One:

Allergies. Alright… as a photographer I’m going to have to really emphasize this one…  no one wants to have a red, puffy, tissue rubbed face. Never mind in photo-shoots. Although alcohol doesn’t cause allergies, it can worsen it’s symptoms for some sufferers due to histamine that is produced during the fermentation process.

My suggestion: Although obvious, I’m still going to throw it out there. If you fit in this category, don’t drink several nights  before important events. Even if your allergies tend to clear up after one day, it’s not worth the possibility of subjecting yourself to torturous allergies. This includes photo-shoots! Even though I will make sure that you still feel and look absolutely stunning, why risk putting any sort of damper on your experience? Keep it clean a few nights before, and then after your self-love shoot, you can celebrate like a princess!

Two:

Skin problems.This one actually makes a lot of sense and can be put very simply. Your body needs water to stay fresh, hydrated, and to continue collagen production. Yes, that wonderful collagen that we produce to keep ourselves youthful. Chronic dehydration causes you to not regenerate collagen as well, and drinking causes dehydration. I think you get the point.

My suggestion: Drink. Lots. Of. Water. It sounds like a complete no brainer, right? {I can’t be the only one who watches Dr. Oz!} But so many people are depriving their bodies of valuable water on a daily basis! Each day, you should aim to drink your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 130 lbs., then you should be drinking 130 oz of water every day. If you are drinking alcohol- pace yourself. For every alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water in between. Not only will it prevent you from a nasty hangover the next day, but it will keep your skin looking so fresh and vibrant that even Photoshop will be jealous.

Three:

Weight Gain. {Of course I saved the best for last}. Hopefully everyone is aware of the nutritional facts that are secretly not posted on many individual bottles, but alcohol does contain calories! And lots of them! The worst part of these calories is that the calories are empty- meaning they serve your body no nutrition. Many drinks aim to be low calorie, and do a good job at it in comparison to heavier beers, but take a Bud Light for example. 115 calories. Drink four of them, and you’ve consumed a quarter of you daily calorie intake without providing your body any nourishment. Some beers are not quite so friendly, and are usually the tastiest. Take my new favorite: Wells Banana Bread Beer. 199 calories. I was completely unaware of how high in calories this beer was for the longest time! Pretty sure I drank half my daily calorie intake once or twice… we’ve all been there.

My suggestion: This one is hard for me. I believe in rewarding yourself, and enjoying things that you love. I really love and enjoy Wells beer, and I think it’s great to sit down and have one. The key here, is to enjoy only one.  Then, switch from your high calorie drinks, to low calorie drinks after one or two. Yes. calories and losing weight is a simple math game, but being bad once in a while or having one or two beers never put the scale over the edge. It’s repeatedly making poor lifestyle choices that does.

I think overall, my opinion to Fit Sugar’s question, “Is alcohol really that bad for you?”  is no.I’m not a doctor, but I believe life is meant to be enjoyed, lived, and celebrated in moderation. But, the key word here is moderation. Balance out unhealthy choices with healthy ones, and you’ll find that you feel and look amazing.

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Shauna Lynne

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The Dog Days Are Not Over

Hey beautiful!

As you might know, I conducted a survey asking my target market several questions. One of the most important ones was about the kinds of posts they wanted to see. I took the data from the this survey, and determined which posts I should do most often based on popularity. From this, I have been able to determine my blog’s new weekly schedule:

Mondays- Photo of the week. Many of you requested to see portfolio work. Ask and you shall receive! Each week I will upload a new photo taken by moi for your viewing pleasures!

Tuesdays and Thursdays- Beautiful You {I bet you’re singing Monk & Neagle’s Beautiful You in your head now 😉 }. Beauty posts including hair, health, and fitness. These posts range from original and shared blog posts to tutorials. Trust me- you don’t want to miss them!

Wednesdays- Wednesday Inspiration. Because let’s be real, everyone needs some extra oomph to get past our mid-week blues.

Fridays- Fashion Forward Fridays. Perfectly planned before the weekend to inspired those gorgeous weekend outfits, helping you to put your best dressed foot forward.

As promised, here is this week’s Photo of the Week!

Dixie

Dixie

As many of you know, we recently adopted a new furry baby, named Dixie. She is absolutely incredible! Well, if there is such thing as a perfect day- it was yesterday here in sunny FL! It was 70, sunny, and breezy all day. Naturally, it was a perfect day for a dog date. The dogs ran around and had a complete blast, and I was able to play around with a new lens that I’m thinking about purchasing. In short- it was perfect. Sad to see the weekend go, but we had an amazing time with good company. How was your weekend? Comment and let me know! Hopefully you got to enjoy it as much as I did!

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Shauna Lynne

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Why Photography?

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Why photography? What do people gain from pictures? Everything that I do in my life- has to have a purpose. Although I aim for success, I could never achieve success by cheating people or through meaningless processes. Our time on this earth is so limited. Each day flies by, and is never able to be accessed again. My motto? Make each second count.

I fell in love with photography because of what I can give people through my artistic images. Yes, having a photo-shoot with me will provide you with beautiful irreplaceable images of yourself, but believe it or not- the product itself is not all that I give my clients. Taking images with Pour L’amour is an experience. Confidence. Self-Love. New perspectives.

How my clients feel after a photo-shoot completely alters the way that they see themselves. They see themselves through the world’s eyes, and can feel how irreplaceable they are. From the moment I am contacted for a photo-shoot, to the time portraits are delivered, I show my clients how much I appreciate and value them, and begin the process of pampering. Everyone deserves to feel like royalty. That alone is worth all of the time and energy that I invest in my business.

Xoxo

Shauna Lynne

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First Steps

Your first steps are always the hardest…

But here I am, typing like the wind (while the rest of the house is napping). Owning a small business is no easy feat. I literally cry sweat and bleed the things I am passionate about, and I absolutely love it. I am the kind of person who can tend to have a teensie bit of an obsessive personality… and what I’m finding is that it’s my obsessive personality that gives me drive and motivation to not only push my business further, but to make it better than any other business out there.

I love pleasing people, and feeling appreciated. Well, who doesn’t. But I find that I can fully fulfill these needs through creating artistic images. Feeling beautiful and confident has always been a priority in my life. I’m not perfect, and I have truly struggled through many insecurities growing up. I love that I can use my artistic images to show people how absolutely irreplaceable and incredible they are.

My business is so much more than photography. I do not sell portraits. I expose beauty.

Xoxo- Shauna Lynne

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