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It’s amazing what happens when paths cross!  She won a portrait session that I had donated to a fabulous hair salon that I have worked with the past several years, G Michael Salon.  So when I received her email with her ideas, I was pretty excited!  Chayse is a fellow creative who’s combining her love of cinematography and travel.  The location she chose perfectly suited her style and personality – sweet, colorful, unique.  When she travels, she loves finding eclectic, quirky, and comfortable places to stay, like this adorable AirBnb.  Before we knew it, our session had come to an end, and we had so much fun working and sharing ideas that calling it “work” hardly seemed fair.  It’s been fun to watch her adventures since meeting, and I can’t wait to see where her wanderlust leads her!  Chayse, it was so cool to collaborate with you!  Until next time, here are some favorites from the day!

Indianapolis Editorial Portraits | Chayse

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A few years ago, I met sweet Sylvia through an externship, and we’ve remained in contact ever since.  And I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her and her newest passion!  We met up a few weeks ago to capture this exciting venture she’s been dreaming of for some time!  Sylvia is one of those people that you instantly adore, and her warmth, happiness, and genuine heart radiates brightly from the inside out.  And she is just as beautiful on the outside!  No doubt Sylvia has been celebrating all week, as her online store, Hello Beautiful!, just launched this past weekend!  Keep reading to learn all about what inspires her and her oh so gorgeous products!  Sylvia, congratulations on pursuing your dreams!!! 

Meet the sweet, beautiful, and inspirational Sylvia!

Stewart Imagery: What inspired you to create your beauty products?  How did you get started?
Hello Beautiful!: My initial journey for creating my products started with prayer because I wanted to communicate to every woman that they have innate beauty ordained by God. I wanted to create products that accentuated that beauty no matter the shade of skin.

SI: What is the name of your product line?
HB: I named my product line Hello Beautiful!, a phrase that I believe describes every woman. The goal of Hello Beautiful! is to remind women of their innate God-given beauty while also providing products that complement their skin tones.

SI: Do you have a website that you’d like to share?
HB: My store is at: www.hellobeautifulstore.etsy.com, and I am also on Instagram @hellobeautifulstore!

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SI: What is your favorite product that you offer?  Why is it your favorite? 
HB: I think all of my products have unique attributes that I love! For women who want an anti-aging product Hello Beautiful! Lipsticks include organic sencha green tea oil and avocado oil, both of which are high in antioxidants and vitamins that prevent skin-aging. My Hello Beautiful! Pearl Lip balm is a clear multifunctional formula— it can be applied under my lipsticks for extra hydration or dabbed on dry facial skin to moisturize and heal.

SI: What makes your products unique?
HB: Many cosmetics are toxic. The proof is in the studies that have revealed cosmetics like lipstick to be a chemical melting pot of lead, dangerous metals, and hormone disrupters (Source). Hello Beautiful! products are made with organic ingredients like organic sencha green tea oil, organic shea butter, and organic calendula flower oil. My products are not tested on animals, are lead-free, and do not contain nano-particles. 

You can also mix Hello Beautiful! Lipstick colors together to make new colors like brick red, red violet, and russet red orange.

SI: Do you have plans for future products that you’d like to share a little bit about? 
HB: I am planning to release another skin product that can help with rashes, irritations, and even burns that commonly affect the skin. My skin is prone to rashes, so I know what it feels like to need a product made with organic ingredients to solve the problem quickly.

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SI: Your packaging is stunning!  What inspired you in designing and creating it?
HB: Thank you! Black and gold is classy and sleek— which is exactly how I want my customers to view their Hello Beautiful! products. Each lipstick is named after the jewel that pertains to its color. The oval tubes help with application by providing a wide width for the broad parts of the lips and narrow ends for outlining the sides of the mouth.

Ohhhh, Sylvia, you have THE best smile!

SI: What is the best advice that you’ve received while starting your business?
HB: Keep moving forward and do so with help. Keep people in your corner who will cheer you on, but will also be truthful with you and tell you if something isn’t working. I have my family to thank for constantly encouraging me and giving me excellent advice.

SI: What advice would you offer others who have dreams of starting and pursuing their passion?
HB: Go for it! Now is the opportune time. As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

SI: Please feel free to share anything else that you’d like potential customers to know about you and your products!
HB: I am now taking requests for custom orders for showers, parties, and events. If you would like to have a Hello Beautiful! product party hosted or if you have questions about custom orders, please contact me at hellobeautifulstore@gmail.com.

Sylvia, what an honor it has been to work with you!  Thank you for sharing your truly beautiful story with me!  Wishing you a bright and fulfilling future as you launch Hello Beautiful!   

Meet Sylvia + Hello Beautiful!

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I was so excited when a past Stewart Imagery bride, Jessica, asked me to take some new business portraits for her!  She has just started on a new career path.  Aside from her successful pharmacy career, she is beyond excited to help her clients find their dream home as a real estate agent!  I think you will be such an excellent resource for your clients, Jessica, and I wish you all the best as you pursue your dreams!  Connect with Jessica on her website

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you, Jessica!  Congratulations!


Lifestyle Business Portrait | Jessica

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I met Lisa almost a year ago.  It turns out that we both have something in common.  One of them being We both love what we do!  She has a knack for making people feel comfortable, and for bringing out the best in them in their work place and in everyday life.  And she just so happened to throw me a surprise baby shower, which was beyond sweet!  She also loves animals, and has since started her own in-home pet care business.  Check out her website here!  We met up on a perfect summer afternoon for some portraits to celebrate loving where she is in life right now.  Her husband and kids are the light of her life, as well as her sweet pups, who you’ll meet in just a minute.  Lisa always has a smile to share, and her laugh is contagious.  Her outlook is always bright and sunny, so it was fitting that we had gorgeous sunlight for her session!  Without further adieu, please enjoy some of my favorites from the day!

Let’s start with one of my favorites!  

Hello, Rodney and Stanley!  Aren’t they adorable?

I love Lisa’s smile – yes, she is always this happy!   

Gorgeous, gorgeous.  

It was just easier for her to smile after a few serious photos!

More smiles and laughter, love it!

I think your hubby needs to frame this for his office!

Rodney and Stanley were so well-behaved…I secretly think that they loved having their portraits
taken, especially it it meant snuggling with their mama! 

I’ll end this post with another favorite.  Lisa, you are beautiful, inside and out!

Lisa, thank you so much for letting me capture this happy time in your life, it was truly an honor!
See you soon! 

Lifestyle Portrait | Lisa

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Meet Cindy and Mark!  These two lead a busy life, a very busy life.  They own and operate their very own accounting firm in Indianapolis.  I had the opportunity to take some new photos for their website, which will be up soon, so be sure to check back here for more details!  While they both work extremely hard, they like to play hard too, as you’ll see with some of their ‘toys’ in just a moment.  They love spending time with family and friends.  A perfect day for them would most likely be spending it in the great outdoors near water, surrounded by tall trees, their children and grandchildren.  Music and faith bind their hearts together.  They love to laugh.  And they’re absolutely adorable together.  Friends and family can view their online gallery here.  Let’s get right to some of my favorites from their session!

I love the way they make each other smile.  Favorites!

They have two sweet pups who just adore them!
Hi there, Mutley! 

And hello to you too, Gracie!

Cindy, you are beautiful.  Beautiful!

Another favorite!

Love, love, love this one!

Cindy and Mark, thank you for sharing your evening with me and for allowing me to capture 
a slice of your lives together!  

Love | Cindy + Mark

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