Candace Lightbourne Serves Grown & Sexy Vibes

Hello lovely,

After shooting the Dawkins family, I’ve been itching to get behind my camera again. Two weeks ago I shared a fun, bright and colourful shoot with my three year old goddaughter and today I’m sharing a semi-editorial style shoot with my co-worker. The interesting part is that both of these shoots were done at the same place. That was kind of a challenge for me to create two completely unique shoots using the same property. But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because one look was meant to be playful while the other was meant to give a grown and sexy vibe.

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Light retouching and playing around with some new presets in Lightroom produced a look that I am more than pleased with and I think Candace was too with the entire experience. I love the dark and stormy vibe and can’t wait to do more shoots with this theme.

Watch the Video below and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos. I’ll be doing more vlogs this year, talking about clothing hauls, relationships, mental health tips and even sex, so you don’t want to miss that!

5 Podcasts to Make You Laugh, Think, and Act

5 Podcasts to Make You Laugh, Think, and Act

Whether in-flight or sitting at my desk, I love podcasts for a daily dose of inspiration, insight, and humour. I specifically love podcasts hosted by women and for women on the topics most relevant to our daily lives. Each podcast differs in approach and covers a variety of topics, offering something for everyone. So turn up the sound and hit subscribe - these women have something to say!

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VIVA 2016 Women's Conference

Hello lovely,

I’m back from my mini vacation. I know you didn’t even have a chance to miss me! You’re probably wondering where I’m coming back from. If you haven’t kept up with us last week, you may have missed my announcement that I went to Miami for the Viva Women’s Conference. This year’s theme was She Rises. I was all over this theme especially because it came with a floral-tea-party-garden-vibe! It’s Fall, but I still got to wear a floral headband; I had fun incorporating muted floral prints with my Fall wardrobe. But even more, I had a blast at the conference!

This year, a group of at least 20 women from The Bahamas travelled for the conference. We had Diamond Lounge tickets, which are pricey, but totally worth it. We were served gourmet food (in small portions so I am not ashamed to say I made a midnight McDonald’s run with my boyfriend) massages, makeup and hair braiding. The singing was concert-worthy, the décor was breath-taking and we even had a photo booth with instant printouts. The commute from South Miami to Cooper City was killer but I made it.

Our guest speakers were on fire! We heard from Charlotte Gambill, Hosanna Poetry, Pat Smith and lead pastor Steph Gramling. On the first night Charlotte spoke to us about setting up our women to win. It was a powerful speech about how she was actually booed at her first Bible Study, and from that moment on, decided to build up women every chance she got. Her speech taught me that standing up can make other people stand up to shut you up, but if every single person in your world was committed to cheering you on, how big would your dreams be? I was reminded that when you have nothing to offer, that’s when you find out who your true friends are. And when you set one another up to win, her win is your win. You can read the story of Ruth and Naomi for more on this topic. During Charlotte’s speech, I was reminded of a friendship I had, that ended terribly. We went months without speaking. I stopped holding onto my feelings towards it months ago, but also did not want anything to do with her because the trust was broken. After the alter call, she actually came up to me and apologised. I’m glad to put it all behind me. I don’t think that we can ever be friends again, but I see no reason we can’t be cordial as Christian women. It was a great healing moment.

My favourite speaker from the conference was Hosanna Poetry. She started with her poem Tsunami. It was a very touching piece that brought many people around me to tears. I loved her use of metaphors and the way she brought everyone together at the end for prayer was truly moving. I left feeling inspired about my own goals in life, learned to accept my deeds as contributions to the bigger picture and that without these, the bigger picture simply isn’t possible. As Hosanna said, “Someone had to preach to Billy Graham, before he could preach to others.” But don’t just take my word for it, check out this video below of all of the amazing must-see action from this years’ VIVA Women’s Conference.

Hope to see you next year!

XOX,

Romantic Maternity Session

When mommy met daddy:

Natasha and William first met almost nine years ago at her best friend's birthday party. He asked for an introduction and after two years of being friends,  they started dating. They got married two years later and have now been married for four years.

Thoughts from the mom-to-be:

When we first found out about baby number 2, we didn't take the news too well - in fact I cried and moped about for a few days because I was and still am in school full time, work full time and barely have enough time for my three year old. This is not the best time to have her in either of our minds, but we have faith that God knows best!

I'm happy it's a girl but wasn't planning on another child for 2-4 years. She's a surprise to say the least. But the fact that it's a girl lessened the blow for me as I've wanted a girl for a while because growing up with six sisters and numerous nieces and goddaughters, I'm kind of a pro at dealing with girls. Boys not so much- in fact I'm learning daily how to be a great mom for my son.

My hopes for my kids are that they will be strong, healthy, confident, well adjusted productive citizens. I want them to find their passion and work earnestly at it. I plan on raising them to be Christians who can stand up for their faith, be independent, and I want them to have and experience the best life has to offer. I want them to seek new truths daily live Christ filled lives. If I can accomplish this as a parent, I will feel like I did okay.

About Natasha:

Natasha is a Christian, Patient Care Assistant by professions and college student studying to be a nurse. She loves reading, writing, taking pictures, cooking, walking and exercising and spending time with family and friends. She is a wife and mother to three year old Liam.

 

Thoughts from the photographer:

Natasha has been my best friend since 2009 when we met in a writer's workshop. It has been an honour to be with her every step of the way with her first child, Liam and to be able to do the same her new baby, which I am super excited is a girl! So I really wanted to show how wonderful a pregnant woman could be through this photo session with Natasha. The physical and inner beauty of a mother-to-be are just so precious. Every scar and blemish is perfect because of its story and I'm so glad I got to tell it!

Lighting provided by: D'Angelo Reid of Michaelangelo Photography

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10 FACTS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW

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Every woman deserves to live a fierce, fabulous life, and I've got the scoop on how to do so. Here are 10 things that every girl needs to know. There's plenty of others out there but this list, comprised by Austin Blood, will be sure to both inspire you and make you laugh! As the first instalment in the 'Every Woman Should Know' series, I hope this list motivates you, gives you a little ego boost and reminds you to stay true to, and love yourself for who you really are! For all of the guys reading this, share this post with a lady you think could use a little reminder! Have a great weekend everyone!

1. Everyone has rolls when they bend over.
2. When someone tells you that you're beautiful, believe them. They aren't lying.
3. Sometimes we all wake up with breath that could kill a goat.
4. For every woman unhappy with her stretch marks is another woman who wishes she had them.
5. You should DEFINITELY have more confidence. And if you saw yourself the way that others see you, you would.
6. Don't look for a man to save you. Be able to save yourself.
7. It's okay to not love every part of your body...but you should.
8. We all have that one friend who seems to have it all together. That woman with the seemingly perfect life. Well, you might be that woman to someone else.
9. You should be a priority. Not an option, a last resort, or a backup plan.
10. You're a woman. And that alone makes you pretty damn remarkable.

- Austin Blood