I see your light my brave and courageous Firefly. You shine from within.

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Hello Beautiful Ones!

One of my gorgeous clients sent me this link this morning to an article on the Huffington Post website and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all, it just sums up who I am and what I love to do so beautifully.

I am one of the fireflies. And finally this year, my light began to become noticed by others.

Perhaps you identify more with the firefly than the butterfly. Perhaps you feel that in a world surrounded by people who tend to get noticed more than you, perhaps because they are closer to that ‘ideal’ or because their talents tend to be more noticeable, that you aren’t as beautiful as them, that you aren’t as good as them.

“Maybe you know a Firefly. Maybe you love a Firefly.

If you are or if you do, please don’t wait. Don’t wait for someone to hand over an award or a certificate to make these talents and gifts “official.” That day may never come. So say it now. Say this:

I see your light, my brave and courageous Firefly.
You shine from within.

And regardless of whether anyone else sees it — you know it’s there, and I know it’s there.

And just you wait. Someday the world is going to see what I see. And your light will be so beautiful, so brilliant, so bright that the world is going to stop and wonder where such a light comes from.

You and I will both know that light, well, it’s been there all along.
And I am here to protect that light, my brave and courageous Firefly.”

To read the full article (which parents will also find helpful for encouraging their young fireflies) click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/children-who-shine-from-within_b_5649737.html

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan
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Which do you identify with more? The Butterfly or the Firefly? Tell me in the comments below! ūüôā

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How Much Will You Be Drinking Tonight?

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

Today I want to take some time to write about another topic that makes me sad. You all already know that it makes me sad to know that many women in the world (perhaps you may even be one of them) are unable to see or believe that they are beautiful, no matter what they wear, how much makeup they wear (or don’t wear) and what dress size they are. But another topic that makes me sad (that ties in with the first one and also happens to be a major issue in the western world) is the excessive drinking culture, which eats up lots of our money, has terrible effects on our health and sets a bad example for young people as they get older about their mindset when it comes to alcohol.

From a quick google search, we can see that approximately 16% of people aged 14 or older consume 5 or more alcoholic drinks in the space of a week. This level of drinking significantly increases their short term risk of alcohol related injury. Now, 16% may seem quite small. After all, it’s just 16% right? But what that means is that just over 3.7 million people aged 14 and over drink 5 or more alcoholic beverages in a week. The numbers aren’t looking small anymore. And that’s a lot of underaged people drinking a lot of alcohol.

But even being presented with these facts and the knowledge of the side effects of drinking too much (Slurred speech, Drowsiness, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Headaches, Breathing difficulties, Impaired judgment, Coma, Blackouts (memory lapses, where the drinker cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence), and that’s just a short list) we still go out on Friday nights or weekends, or whenever else we decide to and continue to drink the same way we always do. Why is that?

It has become ingrained in the drinking culture for many people, that to have fun, you need to drink. If enough people believe it, then it will be all to easy to convince others that it is the only way to have a good time. If enough people believe it, then it rubs off on the younger people that we should be setting a good example for. We tell them not to drink because it’s both bad for them and illegal, but when they see the actions of people who don’t follow that advice, especially if it is coming from the people giving them the advice in the first place, they are much less likely to listen. Actions speak louder than words everyone!

Many of us save our money to buy drinks and spend much of the week looking forward to the next opportunity to go out drinking, usually a Friday night or a weekend. We focus on looking forward to it so much, that for some of us, it’s the best part of the week and everything else seems so boring and dull in comparison.

Now, before we go any further, I’m not saying that we should all stop drinking alcohol. I myself like to enjoy a drink or two occasionally. I like to appreciate the flavour of my ginseng liqueur, some nice apple cider or ale. But that’s just it, to enjoy the drink itself and not excessively.

The main issue is that we have more or less removed the enjoyment of what we are drinking and focus instead on drinking as much as we can to become as drunk as possible. It’s kind of like sitting down to a meal and eating it so quickly due to hunger that we don’t even get a chance to appreciate the flavours in the food, or the time and effort that went into the preparation. In this case, the alcohol is the food and the popular drinking culture of the desire to get pissed is the hunger.

Many people would then ask, if we don’t go out drinking, how are we meant to have any fun? I’ve just had a long week at work and I want to relax and have fun!

I want you all to think back to a time, long before you became sucked into this drinking culture. What did you do for fun? I’d be willing to bet that at least one, if not more of the following: listening to music, spending time outside and spending time with your friends, would be on your list somewhere. And in a way, the drinking culture allows for that, but the perspective is off.

Listening to music has become listening to whatever is being played in the club or other place you usually go to drink.

Going outside means walking from place to place in heels, short skirts and heaps of makeup (even in winter, how do they not freeze?)

Spending time with your friends means everyone drinking, often in a place where the music is so loud that holding a conversation becomes next to impossible.

Now, lets look at these things from a different perspective. Instead of whatever is playing at the place of choice, what about playing your favourite albums in the car or at home, or walking to places while playing music that makes you happy, not just whatever is popular at the time?

Instead of walking from place to place in clubbing outfits, why not take a walk through a park, by the beach or even just sitting or dancing (yes, I said dancing) around your backyard. Taking time to enjoy and appreciate the world around you, to see the beauty and smell the roses.

Instead of buying drink after drink without conversation, why not go out to dinner instead, where you can appreciate good food, enjoy a drink, alcoholic or not (as opposed to 2, or 3, or 5 or more) and hold interesting conversations with the people you know and love. Or invite them to your home, with you to your favourite park or place by the beach, with good company and conversation that has the potential to be both enjoyable and long lasting. Conversation in place of loud music and lots of drinking might be a scary prospect for some, but in the end, the difference it will make will be so worth it.

Instead of looking forward to a night of drinking, you’ll be able to look forward to a night spent with the people you love and being able to both give your attention to them fully and receive their attention fully. You’ll have more opportunities to learn things you never could have imagined and come to understand the people around you so much better. You’ll be in much better health because of it and you’ll become a much better example to today’s young people in regards to both your and their drinking habits.

This then opens the doors to new opportunities to enjoy some self care. Whether that be getting a massage each week, picking up a new hobby or getting more involved in the ones you already have, spending more time alone while figuring out what it is you really want (which may or may not include journalling) or by treating yourself to something which you would normally wouldn’t think you could afford when nights of drinking were taken into account (such as going away for a weekend or even perhaps a portrait session to have a gorgeous lasting record of how beautiful you are), you will end up having a bigger appreciation of the people and the world around you.

But most importantly, it’ll be easier to care about yourself. You’ll be able to better appreciate the good times and be able to cope more easily when life gets difficult.

So, how will you answer now when you hear the question, how much will you be drinking tonight?

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

P.S. Do you agree with what I’ve said here? Kind of agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment with your thoughts and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! ūüôā

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If you Read just One Thing Today, Read This.

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

If you have trouble seeing the beauty in yourself that others see, if you beat yourself up for your mistakes and your ‘imperfections’, if you carry guilt from past situations and feel that you can’t let it go…

If you read just one thing today, read this:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16335/a-letter-to-any-woman-who-thinks-she-needs-a-different-body-to-be-loved.html

Stay Beautiful Everyone!

Colette Duggan.

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Cool Down with our Ice Princess Photo Shoot for Like a Lion Magazine!

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Hello Beautiful Ones,
It’s been a warm couple of days here in Adelaide! So for those of you who haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the Winter Edition of Like a Lion Magazine, here is an image from our Ice Princess Fashion/Portrait Shoot to help cool you down, whether the weather is cooling down where you are or whether you still have the aircon on!
Ice Princess

Click on the Image to see the rest!

Although this was a fashion shoot, I also love to incorporate fun themes and Hair and Makeup into Beauty Portrait and Boudoir Sessions when they are requested. Whether that be working with bright colours, working with a particular time period or culture (such as Annie’s Victorian Boudoir Session) or with your favourite fandoms from the book, tv or film world, I am always happy to help you plan your alternative Beauty Portrait or Boudoir Session!

Model: Georgia Mahoney – Model
Hair and Makeup: Yanese Ann – Makeup Artist
Jacket from Forever New

Stay Beautiful Everyone!

Colette Duggan
www.coletteduggan.com

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Update! My Boudoir and Beauty Portrait Portfolio now Viewable Online!

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

Just an update to let you all know that my Boudoir and Beauty Portrait Portfolio is now viewable on my website! Go check it out and if you love what you see, then make your way to the Contact Me page to begin planning your session! I am based in Adelaide, but happy to travel (extra travel fees may apply)!

Want to know more before you begin planning your session? I am more than happy to answer any questions you have about my packages, the planning process and the day of your session! I can be contacted via email at colettedugganphotographer@gmail.com, via the contact form on the Contact Me page or on my Facebook page Colette Duggan – Photographer.

Want to hear what other’s have to say about doing a session with myself and my team? Check out these testimonials from some of my previous clients¬†here!

And don’t forget, I am currently running a Christmas Special (see it here) which ends on the 24th of December. Be quick though, I only have 50 of these available at 50% off the regular price!

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

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Give the Gift of Beauty for Christmas this Year!

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

With Christmas coming up soon, I am excited to release my Christmas Package Special, giving you all 50% off the Package on offer! These sessions are the perfect Christmas Gift for yourself or for your Friends and Family!

I only have 50 of these Special Offers available, so contact me soon to secure your session! This offer expires on the 24th of December*. 

Not sure whether to book a session? Here’s what one of my past clients have to say about working with myself and my team (more testimonials are available here):

“My images were amazing! They were awesome and captured the best side of me! I really enjoyed getting to be spontaneous with the poses for each photo. I would definitely do another session with Colette!”
– Hannah Brown, Adelaide, South Australia.

Stay Beautiful Everyone!
Colette Duggan.

*Sessions must be booked by February 28th 2015.

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Redefining Beauty – One Woman at a Time!

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I posted this in a private group on facebook about what I want to create in the world and I want to share it with you all.

This is why I do what I do. It’s not just to have a career doing something I love (although that’s definitely a reason), but I want to do something that will reveal the beauty and light in the lives of others:

“I want to help show women that they are beautiful no matter what they look like, whether they match the image of ‘ideal beauty’ or not (because let’s not forget that some women do match or almost match that ideal and they are beautiful too), whether they wear makeup or not.

I’m not against self-improvement or the use of cosmetics for fun or to express yourself (or on stage under stage lights since it helps the audience see more than a featureless blob). However, it upsets me that women (in fact, people in general) feel that they have to do certain things, apply certain things, wear certain things in order to feel beautiful, to think that they are good enough, because they don’t automatically match that ‘ideal’.

I want to help people to see that they are beautiful, that they are good enough and give them a lasting memory of that for them to look at both on good days when they are at the top of their game and on the days where they think they look like a cat dragged through a bush backwards (I credit my mother for that saying) and feel that they aren’t good enough and shouldn’t even try, to give them a pick-me-up to remind them that none of that is true.

I want women to walk into their bathrooms (or whatever room they frequent most in the morning) in the morning and see a stunning piece of wall art hanging above their mirror (or other often viewed spot) and say “wow, I am freaking beautiful”. I want them to see their beauty every time the press a button on their phone to unlock it, as their background image on their phone or computer, on their social media accounts and feel like doing a happy dance. I want them to walk into their bedroom at night and see more examples of their beauty, whether hanging above their bed, framed on their chest of drawers or bedside table or by looking through an album, that will cause them to fall asleep smiling and happy.

I don’t want to fill the world with beauty, it’s already full of beauty. I want to fill the world with people who are aware that they are beautiful and are able to see the beauty in themselves, others and the world around them. I want people to stop comparing themselves to others and nitpicking other women’s appearances and clothing choices and begin complimenting and supporting them instead.

Just writing that has me excited by the possibilities. I think this might be my longest post yet #sorrynotsorry #adelaide #beautiful”

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

P.S. ¬†I’ll have a gallery of my work up here very soon, but until then, jump onto facebook and check out what I do there. Also keep an eye out for my Christmas Special for some big holiday savings on session packages! It’s the perfect gift for yourself or for your friends and family! But once I release them, you’ll have to be quick: there will only be a limited amount available!

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Tea and Gymnastics: Beauty Portraits

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I did a Beauty Portrait session last week at my studio space at the Adelaide Fashion Revolution Studio with a gorgeous client, who has recently taken up gymnastics and is also a gymnastics coach. She booked a gymnastics themed session, complete with sparkly purple leotard to celebrate reaching her goal weight! She also enjoys a good cup of Japanese Cherry Loose Leaf Tea from the T-Bar and the colour purple (oh, by the way, did I mention that she loves purple?), so we incorporated that into the session as well ūüôā

Today I am excited to say that I can now share a sneak peak from her session with you all ūüôā These are a couple of her favourite images, among the many that she chose at her in-person image viewing session!

Stay Beautiful!

Colette Duggan.

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Update

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I did a Beauty Portrait session last week at my studio space at the Adelaide Fashion Revolution Studio with a gorgeous client, who requested a session very different from what I usually do. She has recently taken up gymnastics and won a few prizes at her first competition a few weeks ago. She is also a gymnastics coach. So naturally, she told me that once she had reached her goal weight, she wanted to book a gymnastics themed session, complete with sparkly purple leotard! ūüôā She also enjoys a good cup of Japanese Cherry Loose Leaf Tea from the T-Bar and the colour purple (oh, by the way, did I mention that she loves purple?), so we also decided to incorporate that into the session as well ūüôā

She has been kind enough to allow me to share some of her images, so I will share some of those very soon.

Until then, Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

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Smile

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Hello Beautiful Ones,

I’ve been rather quiet over the past 2-3 weeks, but I am still here, just dealing with a busy schedule and some medical problems.

Today’s post is just a short one, but it’s always nice to share some of what I’ve been working on ūüôā
Here are a couple of favourite images that Hannah chose from her session a couple of weeks ago ūüôā I love seeing the reactions when clients view their images and they love them ūüôā Makes what I do so worth it ūüôā

I’ve also managed to make someone smile who was experiencing uncertainty in whether she was following the right path with her goals, which is lovely ūüôā

Remember everyone, SMILE! You’re beautiful! ūüôā

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

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