WomenintheValley – Kimberly

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Photographing women is my passion and sharing their stories is slowly becoming my life’s purpose. In my line of work I come across women who are holding the fort for themselves and their families. Strong pillars of support in their community.

Anyone who knows Kimberly knows how passionate she is about helping teens and parents struggling with the adolescent journey, which at times, bewilders us. She is tenacious and does not fear taking risks; and perhaps, that is an invitation for others to take their personal Leap of Faith. Her burning desire is to equip teens with tools and processes to eliminate their limiting beliefs early when they are developing their sense of identity. She enjoys empowering them with new perspectives, which allows them to acknowledge their unique gifts and creativity. There is an artistic quality to all this with balancing respect, wisdom, choice, boundaries, and awareness.

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“I attribute my self-confidence to conquering challenges throughout my life. Much like physical strength training, where muscles are slightly torn to trigger the repair process to build stronger muscles, dealing with hurdles—even failures—leads to resilience in the cognitive realm as well. As a side note, “failure” and “success” are just judgments.”

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“My greatest gifts are inspiring others through compassion and respect of my own struggles. I allow myself space, alone time, or time out in nature to ignite my creativity and to acknowledge my intuitive awareness. This combination often inspires me to action and to more joyfully engage in the action steps.”

“Value ‘You’ more than any judgment from another person. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself time to be in nature, for exercise, and tea. Be confident, be authentic, be courageous, and every morning ask, “What Glorious Adventure will I have Today?” Every evening, reflect upon at least three things for which you feel gratitude, and on those days when this may be difficult, gratitude for the sun shining or a butterfly is okay, too.”

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“Don’t feel afraid or weak to request support. Many of us wait too long before requesting guidance. We can avoid unnecessary pain by asking for support, instead of thinking that we can muster through it. Yes, we can get through it, but allowing more ease by seeking support is an act of kindness to ourselves; it also gives others the opportunity to be grateful for being of help to someone else!”

You can reach Kimberly at Academy for Independence through her Website OR Facebook

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Women in the Valley – Sucheta

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“Its YOUR light that lights the World.” ~ Rumi 

The first time we spoke and Sucheta mentioned why she wants to create these portraits –

“I want to create these for my daughter to look at when she misses me… and I want her to have these pictures as glimpse of me and my heritage …”

 – I cried and she consoled me! She said, don’t cry I have known this for years, lived with it and in-spite of it for years. So really yes, she was trying to uplift my spirits. Over past few months I have come to realize, that’s Sucheta!

Sucheta suffers from Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension which doesn’t have a cure “yet”… She is on the transplant list and her health is failing, but I have seen that she has not let that define her. She dances to her own tune, sings her own melody and life follows … 

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I listen to my conscious thats basically all I do. I do things which I like to do and don’t do things that I don’t. I keep it simple. I cry freely and I laugh freely. I do not like to judge. I don’t judge others and I don’t judge myself. I do not think about strengths or weakness cause they do not exist. There is a “you” and its one of a kind” !

~ Sucheta Keni

I agree, there’s only one of every one of us!

When she described to me what she wanted me to create, all I could think about were the paintings we grew up with, the oil on canvas, the rich colors, textures. I wanted to create something new – so yes Sucheta (the warrior) , the GOLD canvas was painted for you 🙂 !

She has inspired me in so many ways even though I have known her for a very short while … here’s to many more years of her friendship to come !

“The cause thats close to my heart is research for drugs for Chronic diseases and Rare diseases. Cause going through one myself I feel there is less awareness of them and hence less interest there is for raising funds for research for these diseases.”

Even though I have known you for only a few months, it feels like I have known you forever, and yet, not enough! I get the sense that I have only scratched at the surface of the “mystery called Sucheta”.  Since the session I miss our 11 pm exchanges of ideas, can we get started for the next one please 🙂 ….

I am grateful to have met you and hug strength like no other and to be inspired by you to create these… Thank You !

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WomenInTheValley – Kathryn

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This thought has been with me for a while now – I am a woman and a mom. My portraits focus on the moms in the family more than anything. I want every woman in this world who is hiding from the camera to come forward and own amazing portraits of herself! So when I am surrounded by these amazing everyday women why not share their stories. When a woman says I am mom, she is really saying, she is the  chauffeur/scheduler/cleaner/chef/manager/accountant/HR/VP and CEO of her family. These are not easy hats to wear and anyone who has been in her shoes knows that!

So here is my celebration of #WomenInTheValley – The everyday women who you see in your neighborhood and are “so much MORE.”

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Kathryn, has a Bachelors in Math and an MBA in Finance. She has spent time in the banking and trust industry as well as in the high tech industry as a financial analyst. She is a wife to a wonderful husband and mom of three teenage kids. She is a problem solver and finds her work with Profit Trackers (as a bookkeeping specialist preparing financial reports, sales tax and payroll tax returns for her bookkeeping clients) fulfilling.

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In her own words, “Education has always been important to me, but in particular a cause close to my heart is the education of children with special needs. I have spent a lot of time volunteering with the local school district advocating for children of special needs and helping other parents understand the strength they have as a parent. No one can ever be a better advocate for a child than his/her own parents. Having a child with special needs, I learned early on in her education that when you dedicate yourself to your role as parent advocate, you find the strength to speak up and deal with difficult situations. That strength comes from the love you have for your child”.

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One thing that she will share with other women : “Expectations of women to have a career and raise a family have grown in the last 30 years, but for me it was not a matter of choosing one over the other, but in doing whatever worked best for me and my family at each stage in our lives. I want to share that it’s ok to ignore pressures to be everything to everyone and put yourself and your family first.”

She is Beautiful and Strong.

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Portrait Shoot | Prachi

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Prachi is a long time friend. She is one of those kindred spirits whom you meet and can form an instant connection with. When I met Prachi, we were at the same stage of our lives, recently married and moved across the Pacific looking forward to the start of a new chapter in our lives and what a journey has it been so far!

Prachi is multi-talented ~ she excels in her corporate job, volunteers at schools and has a passion for food.

She has these classical good looks and got this red dress which took me instantly into old world portraits and I had to try these ….

And the light was as beautiful as the model that afternoon

I asked Prachi to give me 5 fun facts about her which people generally dont know of. Here is what she had to say ….

1. I have a naughty side that very few know of.

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2. I am an “equalist”, not a feminist.

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3. I am a problem solver – be it technical or otherwise.

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4. Cooking is my stress buster. Baking brings out the creative side of me.

5. I will do anything to get a good cup of coffee 😀

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The experience of an Abhishikhaa Bhadouriya Portrait Session  in Prachi’s words :

“I am an Indian woman in her mid 30s. Culturally, taking care of myself always come last! There’s always something or someone to take care of.  But I am also a woman of this century, so I am learning to put myself ahead  – and that was what I did with this glam photo shoot.

I wanted a day that is not like any other day, a day where I could do something I don’t normally do, a day where I could be edgy, glamorous, sexy all at once. It was a day where I pushed the envelope and tried out a very glam make up and hair and trendy wardrobe – the whole shebang – and guess what, it was hot.

I felt pampered and naughty and sexy, and I gotta tell you, the look on my family’s faces when I returned told me it was all worth it. Thank you, Abhi! “

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