It’s called growing pains for a reason.
Growth stretches us physically, mentally and emotionally. It makes us take steps forward, when all we want to do is step back. It makes us overcome life’s biggest obstacles and heartaches, the events that change us forever.
Growth helps us come into our own skin. We are so honored to capture this sentiment during a recent photoshoot with best friends Rebekah and Elise.
“I wanted the photos to be another step toward personal growth and a fun experience with my best friend,” says Rebekah. “For me they will be a reminder of how much I’ve gone through and how far I’ve come. Same for Elise too.”
The love and support within their friendship is truly inspiring, as Rebekah embarks on new changes and Elise prepares for her wedding. While Rebekah had been in front of a professional camera before, it was Elise’s first time. They both shared the full experience, including some glamorous clothes from our styling closet and professionally done makeup.
Behind the lens, we saw strength in a leather jacket, cool comfort in a casual sweater and grace behind the lace. The solo photos are captivating. They illuminate the sparkle in Elise’s blue eyes and the contagious smirk on Rebekah’s moody red lips. Together, the photos are intimate — at times playful, at times serene.
“We look hot!” says Rebekah. “The overall experience was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Crystal always has the best attitude and makes you feel comfortable. There’s so much attention to detail she puts in her pictures.”
Are you ready to take the next big step? Whether it’s solo, with your ride or die friend, partner or family, we can document your progression with a complimentary 15-minute mini session that includes 1 complimentary digital. Sign up here!
Rebekah's gold smokey and moody look was created by Renee Jacobson and Elise's romantic look was created by Jessica Rogers of Make Me Blush.
Crystal McMonnies is a fine art, fashion, and editorial photographer based in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. She creates custom, styled sessions for clients, and is passionate about capturing love, and wild, emotional stories for women, couples, families, and badass boss babes.