Masthead header

When do you feel Beautiful?

When do you feel beautiful?

Stop a moment and think it over. 

As women, we all have our ideas about what beauty looks like.  But just what does beauty feel like? When do you feel truly beautiful?

I asked the leading ladies of the PACE Center for Girls their thoughts and the responses were as delightful and varied as the women themselves.

In celebration of the upcoming Love That Dress! event we wanted to showcase some of the beautiful dresses that will be available for you to love and purchase.  But more importantly, we wanted to put the spotlight on the beautiful women that are so special to our Southwest Florida community.

 

When current PACE student, Jene, came into our studio she was soft-spoken and thoughtful.  Her responses were windows to her soulful spirit.  “I feel beautiful when I do generous and caring things for others.”  “I feel beautiful when I’m at peace.”  “I feel beautiful when I take pride in myself.”
Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}
 
Emily, in contrast, had a vibrant, spunky personality.  Also a thriving student at PACE, Emily was excited to have the day off and couldn’t wait to get glam.  When does Emily feel beautiful?  “When I curl my hair… When I get my nails done… When I try on a new outfit… When I’m dancing.”  Happy to say that Emily got to do all of the above on her Beauty shoot day!
Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}

Leading the girls as executive director at PACE, Meg Geltner had this to say: “I feel beautiful when I share my love and faith with the PACE girls.”  Meg is a beautiful new addition to the PACE community.  She’s jumped right in with her passion and heart.  It was exciting to hear her explain the changes at the new PACE facility.  One new change you’ll be seeing in the future, is this very portrait installation, reminding the girls of the beauty within them.

Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}
 
And then there’s this glam squad, led by Sandy Stilwell (chair of the board of directors at PACE.)  Sandy shared: “I feel beautiful when I have taken the time to get dressed in something pretty, on the arm of my loved one and headed to join friends at a good charity event.”  With that in mind, Love That Dress sounds like the perfect place for Sandy and friends!

If you’ve had the pleasure to meet these tireless community leaders, you know that they are constant smile-makers and care takers.  Holly Olson (longtime PACE supporter), Melissa Cofta (past PACE development director and current board member), and Christin Collins (founder of Love That Dress and past PACE board member) were happy to join Sandy for some photo shoot fun.  Spending time with friends you love is a great way to feel beautiful!

Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}

Finally, Allyson Ross, with adorable baby Connor in tow, reflected on when she feels beautiful: “When I see myself as my son sees me.”  Such a touching sentiment that I’m sure many moms identify with.

Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}

Allie and Special Projects Coordinator Sally Kee were so helpful with pulling together the details of this shoot.  A big THANK YOU to them for all they do!  Allie’s hard work serving on the Love That Dress committee and as dress party chair will surely make an amazing LTD night you won’t want to miss!

 


 

Looking AND Feeling beautiful go hand-in-hand at the annual Love That Dress event.  Tickets now on sale:  http://www.pacecenter.org/love-that-dress

 

Shop with girlfriends, find something fabulous, purchase with an open heart knowing that this event supports the wonderful girls at PACE center. 

And while you’re there, be on the lookout for a fabulous dress that you can bring to your very own Beauty shoot.  Check out the details below for info on how you can have a FREE Beauty session.

 

Megan DiPiero Photography {When do you feel Beautiful?}

Wanna learn more about the PACE mission?

Join Pathway to PACE the 3rd Wednesday of every month to hear the girls’ stories and find out more about this excellent organization.  RSVP to Sally Kee:  Sally.Kee@pacecenter.org or 239-425-2366

Comments

comments

Dear Little Max

Dear Little Max,

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

Did I ever tell you that I met you before you were born? Your mom was walking out of First Watch café just as I was walking in. She was wearing yoga pants topped with a beautiful preggo belly and a warm smile. I stopped in my tracks then immediately chased her into the parking lot.

 

You know how pretty your mommy is, right? I just had to let her know how much I would love to photograph her.

 

A few months later you were born and I was invited to your home to capture precious newborn you.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

I made a promise right there—the same promise I make to all my clients—that I would do my best to treat you (and your mom and dad) as clients for life.

 

Clients for life means I print products with you in mind. I want you, sweet Max, to grow to love your pictures as much as me and your parents do.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

It makes me smile when I visit your home and see that your image box is right there on the shelf at a perfect height for your curious toddler fingers to grab. I want you to touch and love those happy memories to your heart’s content. With sturdy mounted prints and smudge-proof luster coating, I know your mama won’t gasp when she sees you reaching out to them.

 

Clients for life means I treat you to the very best products around when we decorate your home with love.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

And if that framed print from your newborn session ever does something it’s not supposed to, I’ll replace it of course. It’s covered under my lifetime warranty. I want it to look beautiful and perfect—just like you!

 

Clients for life means your clever mom and I put our heads together to find the most perfect cool, modern spot for your nine-month photo shoot.

 

I can’t help but smile when I see your face!

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

Clients for life means I was contacted with the awesome news that you and your family were expecting a new baby.

 

Your sister Raia looks so much like you when you were a newborn. I’m glad you have these photos to remember.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

This time for your sister’s nine month baby portrait session, I made sure to insist on including video. I love seeing you and Raia in action.

 

 

Your mom doesn’t know it yet but years from now when you and Raia have outgrown holding tight with your dimpled toddler hands, she is gonna press play on your family video and cry. We moms are like that.

 

Clients for life means I threw in a couple extra images from your session because we all know if there’s one thing your mom can’t get enough of, it’s pictures of you two cuties.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

 

Clients for life means I resist the temptation to sell only digitals. At just three years old, you’re too young to peek in on your mom and dad’s computer, but I know you wake up every day and see your family memories on the wall and in your special keepsake boxes too. And besides, 10 years from now, you’re gonna get a big kick out of this silly, old storage thing we call dvd’s.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

Clients for life means you’re so much more than just a kid at a session, Max!

 

You’re someone I hope to follow year after year as you grow and change; live, laugh and learn. I want to see what’s going to come of your gorgeous head of curls. I want to know if you’ll still tackle-hug your adorable sister. I want to see you grow to have your own gap-toothed grin (just like my kids have now.)

 

I want to photograph you at all the milestones that make family life so special. Maybe I’ll even do your senior photo shoot, your wedding, or your baby’s first shoot. I wish to be so lucky!

 

I have this sign above my computer so that I always remember to give more, care more, hug more.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Dear Little Max}

 

Thanks for the high-fives, little Max, and for the laughs and love you’ve shared over the years. Big kisses to your mom and dad!

Comments

comments

Running After Dreams

I’ve been thinking of my high school senior portrait clients a lot lately—especially Caroline.

With back to school right around the corner, I know my kids will soon be seeing familiar faces and places.  But Caroline will be off on a whole new adventure as she steps into college life for the first time.  I imagine a lot of changes in store for Caroline.   I’m excited for her as she continues to stretch to reach her great, big ambitions.

 

Click above to see Caroline’s shoot highlights and personal reflections in her very own custom magazine.
 
 
The thing about Caroline, is that you know right down to your boots, that she’s gonna make the most of wherever life takes her.

This is the girl who wakes up every morning while her classmates are snoozing to run, to train, to dream.

She’s got the perfect combination of dogged determination and sky—high ambition.  To back it all up, she’s got a loving family and big faith.  See all those medals behind her?  This girl’s got commitment!

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Without the makeup, the glam, the glitter, Caroline’s just the sweetest girl next door.  She has a fun sense of humor, conviction that anything is possible, and an optimistic outlook.

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Another thing that really inspires me about Caroline is how connected she is with her family.

Her dad, Paul talked about how great it was to see Caroline running track over the years.  He beams when he talks about her accomplishments.  As her coach, he was happy to give me pointers about what I should be looking for to make the track shoot great.  (Go, Sharks!)

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Meanwhile, Mom-of-the-year award goes to Julie for planning this shoot in the first place.  When scheduling her Beauty shoot, Julie knew immediately that she wanted to share the day of pampering with her daughter.

You can see how they really shined!

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Caroline, as your new life chapters unfold, I hope you’ll bring your spunk, your tenacity, and your upbeat attitude to every challenge that meets you.  Thanks for teaching me to keep on pushing… no excuses.

 

Keep on running after your dreams, girl!  You’ve got this!

Enjoy every minute of your college adventure!

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Megan DiPiero Photography {Running After Dreams}

Comments

comments

M o r e   i n f o