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Happy June | Self Portrait & Six Month Check In!

June 18, 2019 jasemine-denise 4 min read 12 Comments

Happy June | Self Portrait & Six Month Check In!

June 18, 2019 Jasemine Denise Photography 4 min read 12 Comments

Happy June, Kings, Queens and Royal beings! I know I don’t share too many self portrait sessions but this one touches my heart and sets the tone for the next six. I’ve been doing a lot of self portrait photography these past few years and as a photographer, it’s rejuvenating and inspiring. Getting to do this session inspired me to share one of my favorite processes with you so Happy June, thanks for tuning in and keep scrolling!

Happy June // Self Portrait & Six Month Check In

June is an amazing time for me to reflect back on the year. Every year we have a company wide boudoir party where we encourage the model to look back on their year before the season changes and address some of the things that have been slipped up on or that have changed. In order to do that, I first take a step back and look at what I’ve done myself for the company.

I wanted to share some tips for year about making your own six month check in.

Let’s Talk Productivity & Reflection

The biggest part of a checkin whether you’re a business owner or just growing as a person is being productive. Being productive means you have to take the time to reflect on your level of productivity. The biggest part of being productive is being honest with yourself. We all wanna lie and tell ourselves that we had an incredible six months. That’s nice but the point of the check in is to be productive. Here’s some ways to help you:

Make a List:

  • Make a list.
    • Making a list of all the things you want to achieve in the next year is an incredible process. Here’s how you do it. Start with your someday goal, then your five year,  based off that goal, then one year, one month, weekly and then daily + right now. Each goal is based off the one before it.
    • Nara Lee has an incredible goal setting course to help you.
    • Start with your most tangible goals and work your way down.

How did I put that into practice? 

Can you tell I did my makeup myself?

One of my goals for the year was to get more photography done, and my smaller goal was to get into makeup because it would motivate me to invest time. Both of these were spawned out of a goal to get into retouching which I now practice every single day. It helps that every self portrait session is a ritual I do in the morning to get me prepared for my day. It’s slowly teaching me to be creative, even in the morning.

Be Real About Falling Backwards:

I hate this one.

The object of this part in the check in is to tell yourself where you fell short. When you start making a goal setting list, you’re amped. All these things you wanna do… All these factors of your life you’re going to change but you also need to look over what yo’ve been slipping on. Typically I try to make a list of five things and they have a what and a why. Then I give myself tips on how to fix it.


1.) I haven’t updated Patreon as much as I wanted to because it’s difficult to create enough sets for the empire. This year, I think making a scheduled day to schedule content will be more productive.

2.) I think I’ve stopped taking horizantal photos because I’ve became more interested in posting to Instagram than storyboarding and building shoots. I plan to limit my Instagram browsing time in order to not adopt the entire design scheme of the website.

That’s two. Be realistic, be brutal, and be ready to come up with the solution that works.

Finally, Stay Motivated.

What makes you motivated? It’s easy to tell yourself what to do but it’s harder to do it. Personally, I’m motivated by music, pretty things and instant gratification. It doesn’t always work that way so I have to focus on how to make all those things vibe at once. I have playlists for my work day and I merge the instant gratification of pretty things by creating a budget for myself that involves getting rewarded for progress. for instance, if I pay my credit card down in time, I’ll put aside an extra $50 to get myself a nice little something to match whatever my next collaboration is. (This time it was this bodysuit for this collab with Weave N Luxury). The better the progress, the bigger the purchase.. Just don’t break the bank!

So are you ready?

Drop a comment and tell me you’re ready for a checkin! What do you plan to work on first?


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    Kim Seghers June 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Wow your self portraits are beautiful! I love the color you’re wearing and that lipstick is AMAZING!

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    Zsuzsanna @myclickjournal June 18, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I love taking selfportraits! Yours look so good!
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    Melissa Dixon June 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    My husband and I have been working on our five-year goal and are in at about two years now. It is amazing how helpful it is to have a plan and we are exceeding our goals already, way ahead of the game. It feels great to work towards this and to see our own progress, I love that you are encouraging others to do the same.

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    Emmy June 19, 2019 at 11:14 am

    You are so gorgeous in front of the camera! I love all the purple! And I’m with you.. I’m slowly working on my goals for the year. Creating lists and changing my habits have helped!

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    safira June 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I have been working on my goals and have recently started using a Visualisation app. I have also been obsessing over my Kristina Karlsson books and the podcast too which has helped me a great deal

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    Jasmine Hewitt June 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Beautiful photos! it’s nice to do a personal check-in every so often
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    Wren June 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Your photos are amazing! I love the purple. I struggle sometimes with staying motivated.

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    Mama Maggie's Kitchen June 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    You look so stunning. Purple looks perfect on you! June is really a busy month for me!

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    Sondra Barker June 20, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Wow these photos are stunning and I love the message you talk about! Keep sharing, I love it -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com

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    Alexandra Cook June 20, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Love the styling of this one! I definitely feel that I could pull this version

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    Marysa June 24, 2019 at 7:08 am

    It’s good to set goals. I think it is totally normal to not always meet goals.. everything comes with time! I love all the purple you used in styling your photos.

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    natalie July 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Such a great positive post. I love these pictures, you look stunning.

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