A Mermaid Photoshoot

Last week my biz turned 1.  With that also came 1 year since my mermaid excursion in Hawaii with Dana Mermaid and I realized I’ve never shared the photos.  So today is just a pretty post with my mermaid photo-shoot.

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Happy Birthday Gift For You!

Happy 1st Birthday!  It’s been one year since I switched my biz from health coaching to photography and I’ve got a gift for you to celebrate!

I am offering 20% off both, select packages and hair/makeup!!!  This offer lasts June 24th, 25th & 26th only!  So don’t miss out! Details below:

VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ:

1.  Offer expires June 26th at 4:00pm MST.
2.  Deposit or purchases must be paid by 4:00pm MST on June 26th to qualify for this sale.  No exceptions.
3.  Shoot much be scheduled anytime between now – Oct 11, 2014 to qualify for this sale.
4.  Sale applies to all of my packages except the Glimpse of Glamour package.
5.  Sale does not apply to shoots already booked.  No exceptions.

To contact me or get more information on the pricing and how to book use this link and please specify your event type; Future Fox, Marinating Mama, or Enthusiastic Entrepreneur:

http://melissafrederick.com/contact/

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With Love & Pretty Pictures,

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What I Learned About Letting Go

A few months ago I was really excited about collaborating with 2 of my amazing colleagues in NYC, if you’ve been reading my blogs you’d know about the Your Dream Photo Shoot.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t coming together as easily as I’d hoped and as the time drew closer I kept feeling like I was fighting so hard to make it work.  I was planning to be in the NYC area for 2 weeks but the timing was just off. So, 1.5 weeks before I was supposed to leave I decided to cancel the trip.  Going into that decision I knew it was what needed to happen, but it was a really hard decision for me to make because I was afraid that if I canceled it then it would mean I failed.

It’s never easy to look forward to something and want it to succeed so much and then have it backfire.  But just because it doesn’t work out doesn’t mean that we are failures.
As soon as I let go of the trip and the outcome I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. It was such a relief to let go of the obligations I felt in regards to having to make it happen.  And as a result amazing things happened.

I realized that my family had our timeshare in Santa Fe during the weeks I was going to be in NYC, so since Rachel and I had already planned to be out of town we decided to make a girls trip out of it and spend some time there instead.  We had a blast, created an amazing Pocahontas inspired shoot, and booked a 1-1 client.

As soon as I made the decision to cancel NYC and completely release it everything fell into place, we booked Santa Fe, booked a client, and scheduled our first of many Disney inspired shoots.  It’s amazing how effortlessly things fall into place when we listen to our intuition and let go of the things that aren’t serving us.

I can’t wait to share the full Pocahontas shoot with you, but for now I’ll leave you with a sneak peek.

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

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Tips For The New Entrepreneur

As a new entrepreneur it’s important to put thought into how you want to connect with prospective clients. As your business evolves so do you, there will be launches and re-launches, you will re-design and tweak your website, there will be many different photo-shoots and your style will continue to morph.  When you are initially building your business you may not have a website yet, maybe you just connect via social media and word of mouth.  All of this is natural, but the one thing that can really set you apart from other new entrepreneurs is amazing photos.  Even if you just have social media and business cards, your clients need to be able to relate to you somehow, and the best way to do that virtually is by telling your story and sharing your personality through photos.

Earlier this year Alison came to me wanting photos.  She is in the process of starting her coaching biz, doesn’t have a website and knew that having a shoot was the perfect way to begin.  She asked for a shoot that captured her fun, bubbly, happy self and she got just that.

So, if you don’t know where to begin, think of the best way that you can share yourself with the world, and then do it!

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With Love & Pretty Pictures,

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How To Transform Yourself Through Your Photoshoot

A month ago I had the amazing opportunity to photograph one of my oldest and dearest friends.  She decided, with some encouragement, to come to the Laugh Yourself Skinny Escape and for her shoot she chose to have me photograph her boudoir style.

Going into the whole experience she was nervous but quickly got over those feelings once she arrived.  The morning of her shoot, she expressed that some nervousness had popped back up again but that she was also excited and instead of wearing the lingerie she’d brought she wanted to go nude.  I was so proud of her and couldn’t wait to help her turn into a beautiful work of art.  During the shoot she did such an amazing job of staying present, taking our queues, and really working her body in front of the camera that it made for a completely transformational experience.

She harnessed her confidence, tapped into her power and femininity, and brought the sultry, sexy woman that had been inside of her all along, out.

When she saw her photos she wept, because it was the first time in her life that she didn’t see any flaws with her body.  Now that’s a transformation if I’ve ever seen one…and she’s the one who made it happen. Not me, not Rachel, not even Jess.  It was all her.  By harnessing her power, confidence, and femininity and tapping in to who she really is at a soul level during her shoot, she manifested her own transformation.

Here’s what she had to say about her experience:

A month ago I traveled to Texas where I was finally able to work alongside my dear friend, and photographer, Melissa Frederick It was an incredible experience and I met some WONDERFUL women. Melissa did photoshoots for each of the ladies there and I bravely decided to do a boudoir shoot. (the only one in our group to do this) This was tough because my body is not where I would like it and I’m the heaviest I’ve EVER been. But, when in Rome…(or in my case Texas)

For those that know some of my struggles, my body has been a source of contention for as long as I can remember. I struggled mightily for many years to make it “perfect”, whether it was diet pills, starvation, laxatives or over exercising, I’ve done it all and then some. To do this shoot, at my heaviest, was nerve racking (to say the least) But I can say now I would do it all over again. When I saw some of the pictures I literally wept because I did not have one negative thing to say about my body and that in itself was a miracle. To the women out there considering a boudoir shoot, do it. Do it now. You don’t need to wait to lose weight or tone up. You are beautiful NOW and you are amazing just the way you are. And of course, a special thanks to Melissa Frederick Photography for the absolutely amazing pictures.

If you’ve been craving that transformation for yourself…that feeling of pure, sexy, unleashed power then Crystal Cave, Alison Leipzig and I would love to help you harness that through Your Dream Photoshoot happening in NYC June 1-10th.  I also have some 1-1 availability if you’re feeling like that’s a better fit for you.  If so, please let me know!

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

Enjoy these PG-13 Rated photos of K.

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Overcoming Fear Of The Camera

So many of my clients come to me with fear of being in front of the camera, either that, or they’ve had bad experiences with photographers in the past.  What I see a lot happening is clients book their shoots and then when it comes time to have their 1-1 calls with me to discuss what they’re wanting it turns into a coaching session around how they are feeling going into their shoot.  There’s often a lot of anxiety around it, feeling like they haven’t been eating as well or taking care of their bodies the way they wanted to leading up to their shoot. They are anxious about what to wear and feeling like they’re insecure about themselves going into it.

What would it be like for you to have all the fears and anxieties go away, become nonexistent, because you have the support you need going into your shoot?  It would feel pretty amazing, right?  Like a full on life changing experience…you’ve been starving for the tools to feel amazing in your skin and to have a forever reminder of that feeling, and here it is…finally!

Crystal Cave, Alison Leipzig and I bring you Your Dream Photoshoot so that you can have all the support you need to create for yourself an amazing, transformational experience free of fear, anxiety and self-consciousness.

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

P.S.  If you’re in the area but feeling like a 1-1 photo shoot suits you better, please reach out as I do have a few spots available.

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How To Become Your Own Muse

I don’t know about you but I’ve always seen such beautiful photos of women, and thought man, I wish I could be that girl.  Even as I photograph women, I often think when I look through the photos, how I wish I could photograph myself the way I am able to photograph other women, but since I can’t I do the next best thing, I hire a photographer to take my photos so that I get the chance to become my own muse.

As women we all deserve to have the experience of becoming our own muse.  It gives us the ability to see how beautiful we truly are.  You know when friends or family gives us compliments, how it can be hard to believe or take in?  Well, becoming your own muse gives you the power to see this for yourself.

Crystal, a friend and colleague, flew to Denver to be photographed by me so that she could have the experience of becoming her own muse.  The photos came out beautifully so make sure to scroll all the way down to see the rest.


*Makeup by: Rachel Meira

So, if you’ve been dying to have beautifully inspiring photos of yourself, for yourself, Crystal is an amazing stylist and is also one of the women that I am collaborating with, along with Alison Leipzig, Body Confidence Coach and of course my fabulous hair & makeup artist, Rachel, to bring you Your Dream Photoshoot.  Give yourself the gift of becoming your own muse.  We are all here to help facilitate this amazing experience for you, because we know that you want this for yourself:

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience to create Your Dream Photoshoot!

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

P.S. Here are a few of my favorites from Crystal’s shoot:

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The Foolproof Way to Take Photos You Love

I had the pleasure of photographing this stunning woman 2 weeks ago at the Laugh Yourself Skinny Escape.  When I first asked her what she was looking for in her photos (thinking that she wanted photos for her biz) and she told me she just wanted photos for herself it was music to my ears.  When clients come to me asking for beautiful photos for nothing else but to just enjoy it gives me the opportunity to have more creative freedom and it often takes a lot of the pressure off the client to be or look a certain way.

If you have a history of not liking yourself in photos or being uncomfortable on camera, treating yourself to a shoot just for you is a great way to loosen up, relinquish the need to control how the photos are coming out and just be yourself.

As I was photographing N. there were times I would put her in a pose but for the most part I asked her to sit in whatever way was most comfortable for her, and it made for stunning photos.  So another great tip you can take with you is to stop trying to pose and contort yourself into a preferable position and just hang out.

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

PS.  I’m so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with Ali Leipzig, Body Confidence Expert & Crystal Cave, Stylist Extraordinaire to bring you Your Dream Photoshoot in NYC.  June 1-10.  Click here for all the details!

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The Best from N’s Shoot:

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The Secrets Of Self Care

I’m basking in joy and gratitude.  Last week I co-hosted the first Laugh Yourself Skinny Escape where 9 women came together, unplugged, re-booted and shed tons of pounds, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Here are a few scenes from the week.


I can’t wait to share the ladies before and after photos with you over the next few weeks!

I felt like the escape lends itself so well to today’s topic because all we did last week was take extremely good care of ourselves.  Part of taking care of ourselves includes participating in retreats, unplugging from the world, relaxing and re-connecting to ourselves. You can’t be vibrant on camera, or in life, if you don’t maintain a self-care regimen. It’s as important to your success as sending an invoice. Some of my favorite self-care practices are: Getting a massage, soaking in a bath, gifting myself mani’s and pedi’s, hiking and connecting to nature and the list goes on.

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

PS.  I will be in NYC May 31st-June 11th for an amazing photo-shoot collaboration with 2 of my favorite ladies (more to come on that).  But I will also be available for a limited amount of 1-1 photo-shoots.  I have only 4 spots left so be it for biz, boudoir, maternity or just for fun, let me know if you’d like to chat about booking while I’m in town!

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Why You Should Stop Exercising

Why should you stop exercising you ask… because there is a gaping void between joyful movement and forced exercise. If you feel obligated, stressed, forced, and resentful over your exercise regime, stop it. You’re not doing yourself any favors. Instead focus on joyful movement – dancing, skipping, walking the dog – anything that gets your blood flowing, yet still feels wonderful to your soul.

My sister is such a great example of this.  She hikes, does yoga, swings kettle bells with her man sometimes, and does Thai Chi.  And she does it all because she loves to, she doesn’t do anything that doesn’t make her feel good and it translates into how she feels in her skin.

This day in Mexico she joined me on a hike and I snapped some pretty pictures on the way.  It’s all about moving your body in a way that’s FUN!

With Love & Pretty Pictures,

PS.  I will be in NYC May 31st-June 11th for an amazing photo-shoot collaboration with 2 of my favorite ladies (more to come on that).  But I will also be available for a limited amount of 1-1 photo-shoots.  I have only 4 spots left so be it for biz, boudoir, maternity or just for fun, let me know if you’d like to chat about booking while I’m in town!

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