3.24.2015

Bloom Retreat Photo Shoot | Walnut Creek

Earlier this year, I did a photo shoot for Bloom Retreat, a yoga studio and workspace here in the Bay Area.  The photos were primarily for their Self Love Challenge, a 28-day challenge organized by the studio's founder, Michelle, that encourages you to take a little time for yourself -even if it's just 5 minutes- everyday for the entire month of February.  The challenge included things like Read a Good Book, Have a Girls' Night, and Indulge in What Makes You Feel Sexy (lipstick on a weekday maybe?).  Michelle has a new, more in-depth 8-week online program, Becoming Grace, which begins at the end of this month for women who feel they've lost their sense of self.  In Michelle's words, "Becoming Grace is a guide to help you become your true self.  The 8-week journey leads you back into your desires and helps you find your voice, find confidence in your decisions, feel good in your body, and celebrate both the grace and grit in your life. We do this through teaching modules, weekly practices and meditations, weekly live community calls plus Q & A with me, and a supportive community of women to hold you as you unravel into who you truly are."

Now, about those photos... :)  A lot of our session focused on yoga poses and reconnecting with your physical and emotional self, but I also captured a few shots around the studio as well as some head shots of Michelle at the very end.  The studio is a gorgeous, serene, peaceful space to sit and catch up with friends or just have a few moments to yourself while reading or writing.  It was a joy being in such a lovely space for the afternoon and working with Michelle.  The space felt very Anthropologie-inspired, but in an approachable and homey way.  If I lived just a little bit closer, I'd be settling in to do work at one of the lovely window seats at least a few afternoons a week!  If you're ever in the Walnut Creek area, I highly recommend checking it out!

Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
yoga portraits
yoga portraits
yoga studio portraits
creative yoga studio portraits
creative yoga studio portraits
creative athletic women's photography
creative athletic women's photography
creative athletic women's photography
creative athletic women's portraiture
creative athletic women's portraiture
creative athletic women's photography
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
Bloom Retreat Walnut Creek
creative women's photography
creative women's photography
creative women's photography
silhouette of woman putting on makeup
nontraditional head shots for women
glamour head shots for women
Styling: Melanie Kluger
Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffman

PS - If you want more info on Bloom's upcoming online course, click here!

xo

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