First blog post (meet me) 

Hello from Texas,

I just wanted to start out by saying, I am not a blogger 🙂 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

My favorite photos 

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 🙂 This was what my fiancé 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 😍😍 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) voxbox 

Hello from Texas,

Today I want to talk to you about my free vox box I got from the Influenster app on my iPhone 🙂 

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.