40 & Fab!

Dear Diary,

Being 38, quickly approaching 39, I, like many women, fear the big 40! This is why I love my client Vanessa so much. Vanessa came to see me for nude boudoir shoot for her 40th birthday. Here I’m fearing wrinkles and she’s getting naked! How inspiring. I LOVE it!

San Diego Boudoir Photography by Dawn Nash / The Romance Specialists
San Diego Boudoir Photography by Dawn Nash / The Romance Specialists

Isn’t she gorgeous! 40 never looked so good!

Oh, And yes! Those are my Chanel earrings which are clips and I gladly let my clients use during their photo shoot.   Of course, she brought some of her own outfits as well including this amazing body suit! I am just amazed! She makes me look forward to turning 40!

San Diego boudoir photography
San Diego boudoir photography

 

Vanessa was an absolute joy to photograph and even more inspiring and wonderful as women. At 40 not only is she baring all but she’s going back to college!

San Diego boudoir
San Diego boudoir

 

Vanessa you are sexy, smart, sassy, fun and fierce! You inspire me.

 

Warmest,

 

Dawn

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Give & Receive

Dear Diary,

This is so cool! Last year another San Diego photographer that I had never met at the time by the name of Stacy asked on a Facebook group page if anyone was going to WPPI on the Road in LA tomorrow. I popped on and said I wish I was going.  Stacy then PM’d and gave me a code for FREE admission ($300 Value!) . A $300 gift for free to a total stranger!  The very next day I was on my way to LA! I couldn’t believe it.

At WPPI, I won an album valued at $800! Again, I couldn’t believe it! On my way up to claim my prize, a women stopped me and asked if I was Dawn.  It was Stacy! I finally met this generous mystery women. We began to talk but the man with my album prize was waiting. I looked at him and asked him to give it to Stacy. After all, I wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for her generosity to a complete stranger. Stacy accepted the album and we both scored!

The second day at WPP I won Free Full Registration to WPPI in Las Vegas for 2014! ($300 value!) I couldn’t believe it! Wow!  Two days before I was planning on watching Netflix reruns and now I’m in LA for FREE, won an album and admission to WPPI Las Vegas! I was dumbfounded & filled with gratitude. It was like magic!

As WPPI 2014 approached I got word my husband will be deployed during this time so I wouldn’t be able to make it due to childcare. At first, I considered selling my pass so that I could make a few bucks but somehow that didn’t feel right to me.  So, I went back to that exact same Facebook page and shared that Stacy gave me, a complete stranger, a pass for free and so I’m going to give to someone else like she did to me. Who wants my free admission to WPPI?  ($300 value!)

Immediately a woman by the name Jamie – another San Diego photographer – popped up. She said she would love to go plus it’s during her 30th birthday.

Now let’s back up – A while ago I needed some video clips and offered to do a trade for coverage.  I was very reluctant to ask other San Diego photographers as not all play nice. Jamie, who I never met before, replied and offered to help. She came to my tiny, little start up studio. Jamie was sweet, polite and extremely hard working, especially considering the pay which was nothing but trade.  My studio could barely be called a studio it was so new as I was at the very beginning but Jamie showed no signs of judgement or negativity. She was supportive from the moment she arrived until she left. When I inquired about doing her trade as payment she asked for nothing.  Jamie was a gift that gave to me without asking for anything in return. She is also the reason I started talking to other local area photographers and even joined a local photographer’s meet up. A meet up that is filled with other wonderful photographers that I never would have given a chance if it wasn’t for Jamie.

OK…. So back to the Facebook Post… as soon as I saw Jamie pop up I said ”Actually…let’s stop it right here – Jamie – Because of a post on this wall, even though you never met me before, you came to my pathetic little studio when I was just starting out in SD & did a few starter videos for me for free & never asked for anything in return… As they say, give and you shall receive so Jamie, the code & admission is yours with gratitude… and the circle is now complete.”

Stacy gave to me without asking & with gratitude I gave to Stacy without asking.  Jamie gave to me without asking and I gave to Jamie with gratitude. I love this! This is my perfect world where everyone gives and everyone receives and everyone is thankful. I love these ladies for helping me and I love even more that I was able to help you back in unexpected ways. The universe it GRAND!

With gratitude,

Dawn

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20 Years of Love

Dear Diary,

I didn’t know it at the time, but in my brother company at bootcamp in 1993 was my future husband. Yep! I was in then Navy and my now husband of 14 years, was in my brother company. Although, we never really spoke until A school where we were both studying to be cryptologist.  Yes, yours truly was a cryptologist working for Navy Intel. Feels like a lifetime ago.

One day I was sitting alone next to the fence by the gate softly singing to myself while listening to headphones. Up walks this sailor and says to me “Is that fence talking back to you?”  Excuse me I asked. He smiled that kiddish grin and said “Well, it looks like your sitting here talking to the fence so I was just wondering if it’s talking back to you?”  Worst pick up line ever! But it did make me laugh and apparently effective as 20 years later, here we are.

We dated off & on. However, 14 years ago we married. 13 years ago we had our daughter Rose and 10 years ago, our son Dylan.  It’s been an amazing  journey with this gift of a husband of mine.

He has now served 20 years in the Navy and is a Senior Chief.  I can’t imagine my life without him.

Today, I celebrate his 20 years of service. I am so proud of him! I can honestly say I love him more today than I ever did. And, I’m thankful I fell for such a horrible pick up line!

Babe, if you are reading this, I love you so much and I am so proud of you!

With love,

Your Proud Wife

 

 

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Husband, Sr Chief Michael Smith

 

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Maternity Photographer in San Diego

Dear Diary,

Being a Maternity Photographer in San Diego is probably one of the coolest jobs ever! While I don’t do a lot of maternity shoots, today I did and I loved it! Some sneak peak photos are below.   So glad I have those skirts & hair flowers in the studio. They make all the difference.  Rose, the girl I photographed, was so sweet & nice. She was so nervous! And her belly was adorable! I really wanted to rub it like a Buddha statue. LOL!

 

Maternity Photographers in San Diego

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Well, that’s all for now diary… until I write again :)

 

With love & gratitude,

 

Dawn

Maternity Photographers in San Diego

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