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Updated: Feb 27, 2023

High School Model Team in front of a castle taken by Jenn McKinney Photography serving Fuquay Holly Springs Cary Apex and Raleigh.
JMFHOTO Senior Model Team - Raleigh NC

Love One Another and LOVE YOURSELF! We can be our own worse critic, I am very guilty of this and I know I'm not the only one. We need to get out of our head and show ourselves some love. I need to constantly remind myself to take care of myself and Treat myself.


Anyone a Parks and Rec fan? Have you seen the episode where Tom and Donna TREAT YO' SELF? Right like we all needs those days where we Treat ourselves. But sometimes it's not material things we need to Treat ourselves, we just need to treat ourselves like the amazing person we are. We need to show ourselves - Kindness, Love and Believe in ourselves.

Anyone else have those days where those negative thoughts slip in? Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and Love yourself! Here are some strategies for self-love.

  • Remind yourself of your talents. What are you good at? Everyone is good at something. Remind yourself of your strengths and get out of your critical thinking! You are unique and valuable!!

  • Be Grateful. No matter what season of life you are in, there is always something to be grateful for. Remember what obstacles you have overcome.

  • Take Care of yourself. Make sure you are taking care of yourself, you will feel better if you are eating healthy, taking time for some exercise, and getting a good night sleep. Sometimes the best exercise is just a walk in a peaceful place, a park etc. The gym is great exercise but sometimes you just need time away from all of the noise. Some peace and quiet while walking can rejuvenate you.

  • Alone time might be needed. If you are surrounded by negative people, it might be time to rethink those friend groups. Regardless a little time to your self might be what you need. Find your happy place to relax and recharge.

  • Think Positive not Negatively. If you find yourself constantly complaining STOP, that is not going to make you feel better. Try to find the good in all situations. Find the bright side, have a positive outlook on life.

  • Say "no". Ok this one is a hard one for me. I am a people pleaser and saying no is hard. But remember when you spread yourself thin and say yes to every request you're not treating yourself fairly. It's not selfish to NOT commit to everything, choose wisely.

  • TREAT YO' SELF. And yes treat yourself to a something special. It doesn't have to be expensive, it can be something as simple as going to your local thrift shop and finding something special, or using those Chick-fil-a points and getting a free drink or cookie. Or take a drive in the country listen to your music with the windows down. Whatever will bring a smile to your face - DO IT!

I am a Senior Photographer outside of the Raleigh, NC Area. I serve the Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, Raleigh and surrounding areas. My mission is to speak truth and love into my seniors. I have a high school senior model team, each of these models are unique and beautiful in their own way. I love spending time with these teenagers, high school is a difficult time in their lives. I always want to remind them of how special they are and encourage them in ALL THE THINGS. I strive to make all of my senior sessions special and unique to them. I want to be their cheerleader on the sidelines cheering them on through their last year in high school and straight into adulthood.

If you live in the Raleigh, NC area and want to learn more about working with me to Experience a Wonderful Senior Portrait session - you can book a consult here.

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