First blog post (meet me)ย 

Hello from Texas,

I just wanted to start out by saying, I am not a blogger ๐Ÿ™‚ never did I imagine I’d be sitting here writing about myself, my goals, or my life in general. It’s funny how life does you.  Am I right? Yet here I am, excited and a little nervous to be starting this new page in this journey of my life. 

My name is Elishia Shaffer. I am a 28 yr old mom from Texas. I never in my life imagined I’d have married my dream man, but God placed him in my life at the perfect time and we now have a beautiful baby girl. 

My life isn’t exactly where I want it to be, but it’s a blessing to be where I am at. I haven’t had a hard life like so many, but I’ve definitely had my obstacles, difficulties and demons ( another blog for another time). I just feel so blessed to be sharing what I’ve gone through and where I’m at now, to all of you amazing people!

Here’s what’s going on right now:

My husband and I are gym fanatics. I have recently took on the goal of one day becoming a top contender for the npc bikini competitions. I have been working non stop and I am determined to reach my goal. I want to help as many people as I can along the way as well. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in the skin God gave them. 

I also decided to take up photography ( which has always been my passion) and it has taken off! Making people smile and capturing those once in a lifetime moments couldn’t make me any happier. I love my job and I wouldn’t change it for the world! 

I have so much to say, so much to talk about and get into. All in due time. I am very happy to be writing and making dreams reality. Everything you set your mind to is reachable and attainable. I’m all about positive vibes and if I can change anything in this world for the better, I am more than willing to. I hope you all will stay in touch and follow me on my journey. I am here for anyone in need of anything! 

God. Bless post


Why I’ve been absent

Hello From Texas,

I am so sorry you guys, but I have been absent from my blog for some time!

Life just grabs you occasionally and you can’t escape from the busy demands!

For the past two months, I have taken on another job, still doing photography, started prep for my bikini competition as well as dealing with kids, school, the house and my husband ( who some of you know lost his dad a few months ago, and was tossed into the family business to take total control).

I’ve also been having really bad chest pain ok my right side for 6 months! I’ve been to the doctor numerous amounts of time, and every test comes back normal! So we are stumped!

It’s been super hard!

Have you ever been driving and just zoned out, then you realize you made it home, but have no clue how or where the time went or how on earth you drove, so zoned! Haha well welcome to my life!

I want to go into more detail about my bikini prep! I decided a few months ago to start a journey and compete in bikini competitions. Basically changing my life around, but for the better ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s all about the gym and eating healthy!

Right now I am in bulking season ๐Ÿ™‚ eat eat eat!

I’d love to hear from anyone else attempting the same thing!! It is hard work! I’d also love for you all to follow my journey and my progress! My next blog will be all my progress so far and what to look forward to! You can also follow me ok my Instagram page ๐Ÿ™‚

Elishia Shaffer Instagram

I look forward to getting back on and blogging soon! Maybe even start posting to my YouTube! I know I know, I’ve been slacking!

Also, when I reach 2,000 followers on my Instagram page, there will be an awesome giveaway! So feel free to share!!!

God bless y’all!

Wedding Photography

Hello beauties,

I have been absent from my blog for a month now. I apologize, but life has been crazy. Photo shoot after photo shoot, late night editing, kids, school and occasionally some hubby time. Adulting is hard!!

I just recently had a wedding that I HAVE to share with you! It was a stunning day, stunning bride, handsome groom, country style, barns, boots, and dancing kinda night.

Shooting weddings by myself was absolutely scary to even think about, but we all have to start somewhere to perfect our work and this weekend was it for me!

I’ll admit it was hard work, but it paid off in the end and I can’t wait to share with you some of my favorite photos!

Enjoy, comment, share. Please let me know what you think! Anyone wanting to book can also message me here or follow any of my social media pages! I will have a website running soon!! Xoxo

Welcome to S&Js 2017 country wedding!

You can never go wrong with boots and a ring ๐Ÿ™‚ or better yet the beatiful wedding parties boots and bouquets below ~~

During my own wedding, I realized when it was all over, my photographer didn’t get a shot of my daughter and I or her with my dress. I was so sad. I made sure I got something of the sort for this bride here… it doesn’t get any sweeter than this…. admiring mommies dress

Or how about helping daddy with his vest and tie??

My next photo was actually inspired by something I saw on Pinterest a while back. I just HAD to try it! Plus the bride was too stunning not to capture an up close veil shot!!

If your falling in love with these so far, just wait…..

I only wish I would have known about this beautiful venue last year for my wedding!

You may now kiss the bride!

It is so hard to pic out of the 800 photos I had taken! Lol

The next are some of my favorite food and reception photos! I mean seriously I had to include cake, we all love cake.

Talk about yummy!!!

And let’s not forget about bride and groom time ๐Ÿ™‚ these photos are to die for in my opinion! What do you think?!

Last, but not least is my favorite photo. Also the hardest photo to land. All night I was scared about the “sparkler” shoot. The brides only photo she really Had To Have in her wedding! Yep, I was so nervous! Here we go, I said a little prayer, set my camera settings and said one more prayer……

Thank you Jesus! It worked! Haha

I really hope you guys enjoyed these as much as I did! You can check out the rest of the photos on my Facebook page

Shaffer Photography

God Bless

Newborn Photography

Has anyone ever photographed a newborn before? I swear it’s the most rewarding pain in my ass I’ve ever experienced!

One minute the baby is sleeping sound, you gently set them in a basket, set their feet up perfectly, their hands, their head, grab your camera and….. “what on earth is that screeching noise?!?!” 

That would be the baby, awake, bright eyed and bushy tailed. “Okay, okay, we got this.” Mom gives baby some milk, (30min later), rocks baby to sleep. Calm, sweet face, positioned just right in that little wrap, nothing could possibly……

“What on earth is that smell?!?!?” 

And there went my $45.00$ chiffon under cloth. 

Diaper change, check. Wrap change, check. New basket, check. Sleeping baby, check. Almost there, grab my camera, and look through the lens to see Niagra Falls spewing from baby’s mouth. 

” Seriously, are you kidding me?!”

Finally, the little bundle is cleaned. The little bundle is wrapped in pure love, cuteness and of course STYLE. Rub that little face, “tickle, tickle” and….. 

Smile for the camera sweet little girl. 

Newborns are hard. They are smelly. They throw up and they poop on you. Lol but how can you resist this innocent face. This little bundle of joy that insinuates how deeply two people are in love.

They have no fear. They have no worries. They know no darkness. They are pure love and joy. One of Gods greatest gifts. 

I am so proud to be able, no matter how hard the work, to capture these sweet moments. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

God bless all our troops, men and women out there fighting for our country and our lives. 

You can add me on facebook or instagram and follow my photography ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Soon I will have my website going! Please share your thought on my blog, after all I am still new and learning ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Beach modelย 

Hello from Texas !

As many of you know, I am a photographer. I take those small moments you WANT to see and WANT to remember for over a lifetime! I tell a story, capture the love in couples eyes, the joy in a babies smile, and freeze moments in time for you to look back on. 

As much as I love what I do, I’m usually always the face behind the camera……. never the model in it. 

That’s where this lovely posts comes into play ๐Ÿ™‚ 

My family is addicted to vacations. We travel a lot and all over! We are all about enjoying this life we were given and making it count! We recently went on a trip to Paraiso Maya in Mexico. 

I have always had a dream of modeling, and lived it out for a while after graduating high school.    

Since I’ve been working hard this year on shaping my body, losing weight, gaining muscle, and getting into the best shape of my life, I decided to MAKE < lol  my lovely husband take photos of me ( bikini and all) on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚ 

We woke up super early and tried to catch the sunrise. I decided to just change suits on the beach since hardly anyone would be up! Talk about NERVOUS!…….. and not because of any other reason other than my husband watching me “try” to model. The confidence I’ve had for so long was buried deep inside me. I have no idea why?!? But I was determined to make this shoot count ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I can honestly say I am very happy at how they turned out! My husband has skills at photography and I was finally a part of a story he was telling ๐Ÿ™‚ and all through MY camera lense. How cool is that?!?

Here’s a moment in time at our work : enjoy! 

All my suits are from this one being my favorite! I wore a size medium. I am 5’7 and 123 lbs. 34C. Fits true to size!

By far one of my favorite photos pictured above! Look at the little sand in the crease of my back ๐Ÿ™‚ We got this shot on the second try, look how perfect those waves come up! 

Next photo is also a favorite and I have one reason only… can you guess it?!?! 

The tattoo on my back above, is matching to my husbands on his right shoulder. We both follow Christ and both love God. What better way to signify our love and our faith then these matching tattoos?!?!? ๐Ÿ™‚ 
How great is he doing with these photos?!? He must really love me, waking up at 5:00am on vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

Obviously we went crazy with the pictures and I don’t have time to post them all, but I do have a funny one I just had to show! As time went by, I tried to start being super “sexy” with my modeling in the water.. … right? I mean you can’t go to Mexico and model in the ocean without trying to take ONE super sexy pic! Am I wrong? Every girl wants one. 

One problem though… my husband is taking the photos y’all!!! How do you act sexy, when the one person who makes you laugh more than Kevin Hart himself, is behind the camera watching your every facial expression and move. To top it all off….the waves were intense! I was literally just trying to stay above water!! The photo did turn out cute, even being on all fours… ha ha 

Needless to say, after this shoot, I’ve come to one important conclusion:

All girls needs to have this kind of fun every once in a while. Unleash your inner sexy, your seductive side, your beauty. Relax and let it all out! Have fun, be silly and smile. We are all beautiful no matter what. I truly believe in what’s on the inside. Embrace the look and body God gave you. OWN IT! 

I hope you guys enjoyed! If you would like to see more of the family you can always follow my instagram pages! 

My personal page : 
My photography page :
I really appreciate all the followers and likes I am getting. I’m still getting the hang of this blog thing, but I’m really enjoying it. 

We literally only have ONE life on this earth to live, and if I can go one day making someone smile, laugh, or be put in a better mood……well that’s all I want. 

Y’all have a blessed Night! 

God Bless 

My favorite photosย 

Hello from Texas,

Since I was a little girl, I have been taking photos. I was winning awards in 4h by the age of 8 and had dreams of pursing a photography career. For some reason, as I got older, that dream faded because of the “can’t” word. I hate that word. It started sinking in my head I needed a REAL job. I put off photography and tried many other things, nothing ever sticking….well because let’s face it, I hate doing what I don’t love.

When I met my husband three years ago, everything finally changed. He helped me finally realize my real dream in photography and chased it along with me. He’s been my support this entire time. Last year I finally dug deep and opened up my business. I am still learning and have major goals to one day achieve!! Like MAJOR goals.

 ( possibly a book in the making) 

Anyways I can’t believe how fast a year has gone, or where it has taken me, but here is a look into my favorite photographs of 2016-2017

Please enjoy! 

My very first Ring photo ๐Ÿ™‚ This was what my fiancรฉ proposed with and the beautiful jewel I wear everyday. 

My first wedding dress photo and yes it’s mine! 

Here’s where I finally figured out what I wanted my business to be called, isn’t it funny how many names you can come up with? I finally just went with my last name, since well, my husband started my whole journey! Shaffer Photography 

This photo here is my first family picture out on my parents ranch. How cute is my brother, his wife and children?!?!? 

My first maternity shoot, which is one of my all time favorites to this day! It took 3 days to make her beautiful skirt! 

This mother daughter shoot had me like ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ and who doesn’t love a good black and white!

Speed on up to my daughters ONE YEAR birthday! I just had to do a cake smash. It took me 5 days to make all the props you see in the picture! 

She should serisouly be a baby model! Or is that just me?!?!? 

I decided after this photo shoot, I’d start working on senior photos! See which category of photography I might like more! I just couldn’t get enough of it all! This girl down here is a beautiful gem and I wish here the best in the next 4 years of collage! 

Next was easter time and all I have to say is babies and baby ducks equals the best time of my life and the best photos ever! I had to post three of my favorites here because I could never pick one

And why not get a shot of my daughter in there. She’s literally who I practice on every single day so I gotta give her props! 

Then I’ve got my all time beach photos, can you tell the difference in my photography yet?!?

Beach shoots are definitely picked as my number one or two places to be.

My next two favorites are the last ones I have done so far this year. 

There is a special place in my heart for all our military personell. As a former Navy Corpsman, I give my highest respect to those who serve. It takes great sacrifice to do what these people do. 

Last, but not least, and like I said these are just some of my favorites from this year, is the beautiful wedding I just attended and the honor of photographing.

 This photo is of the brother and sister who were the ring bearer and flower girl in their mom and dads vowel renual. I am in love!

I really hope y’all enjoy! This job has made me the most happiest person. My heart is full. There is nothing more humbling then witnessing families, friends, and everything in between make memories that you get to freeze and capture. I’m literally capturing a moment in time for all to see forever. 

God Bless 

My (free) voxboxย 

Hello from Texas,

Today I want to talk to you about my free vox box I got from the Influenster app on my iPhone ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Influenster is a place where you can read reviews on all sorts of products as well as write your own. You can upload pictures, talk about products and receive free products in addition. 

Who doesn’t like free stuff? I figured I would give it a try. No credit card required and you just download the app onto your phone. Then you start making reviews on products you have used. You can set up a profile for products you like and dislike, upload photos of those products and products you receive. Pretty simple.

Not even one month after writing a few reviews and replying to others individuals on certain products, I received my first voxbox! The SPLASH vox. Influenster

It included sour candies from Mike & Ike, which were yummy yummy! It had a wonderful matte lip color from Mabelline, a pretty red polish from Sinful Colors, as well as, Not Your Mothers Dry Shampoo, a mud mask from Tree Hut, and some lovely peppermint oil. All FOR FREE! 

They only ask that you review these products after using them and take a few photos. You can post on any social media sites to get more points for future boxes (which are always different). 

I can honestly say I love doing this! The products so far are awesome! I’m going to keep on with Influenster and see if in time I get another box. #staytuned 

You can follow me on my instagram account for the most recent photos of my products 

On another note, we unexpectedly had a tragic death in the family. My husband lost his dad last week to congestive heart failure. It has been a rollercoaster these last few days and we are all just trying to make it through the day. Nothing in the world can prepare you for this. I’d like to ask for prayers for my family and for peace and healing in this time. 

I hope each and every one of you have a blessed week/weekend and I can’t wait to continuing sharing my stories. 

Fitness and photography posts to come soon. 

God bless 

Ephesians 4:2

Being a mom in a time of death

Death. The only thing 100 percent certain in this life. It engulfs every single part of your body and suffocates you just to the point where you don’t think you’ll survive, yet the day keeps moving. You walk around in a blur, thinking you’ll wake up or your in some kinda of twilight zone. The pain you feel is unimaginable and you don’t want to move another muscle, another foot, or go another day. 

Then that sweet little voice rings through the silence, “mommy”, and you come back into reality. You don’t want to, you don’t want to go on, you want to drown in your sorrow and be somewhere dark, but you can’t. 

You are a mom and this, this is the hardest thing you have to do, be strong and hold on in a time of death. 

You try hard not to cry. You try hard to keep your head up, because YOU have heads looking up to you. You make their breakfast, you give them bubble baths, get them dressed and walk outside to play in the yard. Waves of emotions are rolling over your body and somehow you manage to crack a smile, because your daughter is laughing and smiling at you, wanting one in return back at her. For a moment, you forget. 

You drive over to their grandpas house and console with the family. Friends and family coming in and out, food being brought and tears being cried, stories and memories being shared, laughter and more tears. Your daughter asks “where’s poo-poo”, and the whole house goes quiet. Your heart stops and the most unimaginable cramp in your throat suddenly appears. You want so bad to burst into tears, but you hold it in.  The next words, the ones you never imagined you would say somehow fumble out. “Poo-poo went to heaven with Jesus”. She gives you a funny look because she’s only 1 and doesn’t really understand and walks away. Your lips quiver and you began to chase after her knowing she will never get to truly know the greatest man. 

The kids keep you busy, they somehow make the time pass faster and a little less painful and you go about your day being the mom you are. You make their dinner, read stories and tuck them in tight. The house is a wreck so you begin to clean and get things in order for everything about to come. It’s gonna get harder. You know it. You try to prepare. 

You make it to bed, comforting your husband who has been in tears, been mad, been up and down and on a rollercoaster since his dad has passed. You massage his head, it’s been raging in pain, and try to comfort him so he might get a few hours of sleep. You close your eyes, just to have your mind race with all the events this week and the ones to come. You say a sweet prayer for comfort, for healing and for sleep and finally you do slip off.

Being a mom in a time of death is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  I knew I was strong, but nothing makes you as strong as a tragedy like this. I hold on to hope to keep me going. Pray to God and put one foot in front of the other. Somehow, someway another day has passed.