First Anniversary Session Ronnie and Christian- JH Adams INN, High Point North Carolina

This couple is one of my favorite couples possibly ever. Ronnie and Christian are awesome and their adorable son is even awesomer more awesome. When Christan contacted me for a first anniversary shoot I was like….YES! So we agreed to meet back up at the J.H. Adams Inn: the place where the couple got ready for their original wedding day back in March of 2013 here are a few of my favorite images from the day:

Jewellery Unique in Kernersville, NC Featured Photos

I’m always delighted to work with Taleona of Jewellery Unique in Kernersville, North Carolina. Here are some of the store’s beautiful pieces photographed by yours truly for the upcoming season. I love the one of a kind statement pieces for a bold bridal look. Stop by and see what Jewellery Unique has in the store, located in downtown kernersville on Main Street. Or Follow Jewellery Unique on Facebook for regular updates Here are a few of my favorite photographs from our recent session:

Featured on Yum Yum Weddings !! Lacey and Ranson’s Childress Vineyards Wedding in Lexington North Carolina

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I’m so excited and proud to see Lacy and Ransons beautiful peacock themed wedding featured on Yum Yum Weddings. The day provided us with a gorgeous sunset at Childress Vineyards in Lexington North Carolina and I will never forget the … Continue reading

Dustin and Emily’s Harmon house Wedding in Kernersville North Carolina featured on Wedding Colors

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Dustin and Emily’s Harmon house wedding in Kernersville North Carolina featured on Wedding Colors!  Stop by Wedding Colors and check out Dustin and Emily’s feature- their beautiful wedding had a vintage flare.  Held in the quaint and historical Harmon House … Continue reading

Re-Establishing Goals for Weight Loss Maintainence

Today I thought I would share something personal….something so many of us have in common- my struggle with obesity and self discipline. Recently after some long overdue doctors visits I learned that I gained back 30 of the 150 lbs I lost. You might think big deal since I’m still coming out 120 lbs ahead but it IS a big deal.

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Most people who lose weight gain it all back-  if not all plus some. I have done well. Keeping that much weight off for now ten years is commendable, but my discipline has become lax.

As of this morning I am recommitting myself to the the rules that I used to live by, the rules that helped me lose 150 lbs in just over a year.  Here is the real secret to weight loss : burn more than you consume. Its simple math, and math don’t lie -its exact, thats the secret. Here are the rules I follow to maintain a healthy weight:

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1. Work or daily step count are not exercise even when you feel that you have done a lot! It drives me nuts to see people with their step counters, these little gadgets encourage people to take exercise credit where credit is NOT due.
2. Find your trigger foods and ban them completely allow only yourself to consume them on your bday/anniversary/insert special occasion here. My trigger foods are bread eaten by itself, peanut butter eggs, and pasta. These are the foods that to me might as well be crack cocaine I just can not put on the brakes when I eat them.

3. Exercise is not a choice. First lets define exercise, if your heartrate is not raised or you breath fast you are not exercising. I dont care if you walk five miles if you do it at a leisurley pace you just wasted your time. I never knew that until i began my weightloss journey. Even if you  have no time squeeze at least something in everyday without fail.Some of us simply cant manage our weight without daily exercise.Exercising daily revs up the metabolism allowing your body to be an efficient calorie burning machine. Exercise moves things along through the digestive tract. Exercise also burns calories of course, the ultimate key to weight loss. Another  important factor for me is hormone regulation. I suffer from severe anxiety and multiple panic attacks daily. The hormones secreted make my metabolism even more sluggish but exercise helps my stress and anxiety. I mention this because most of us have some sort of regular stresses in our life which can make weight loss even that much more difficult. Finally, exercise decreases appetite. I dont know why but it just does. Its tough, I understand!! Most of us hate exercise, I get tired and winded really fast, and as a busy mom of six, wife and business owner I have a list of excuses to not work out.

4. Get back on the wagon! Eating one bad thing is no reason to derail and go on an eating binge…. come on…really??  You think its a good idea to go ahead and consume 2000 extra calories cause you already ruined your diet with an Oreo? ? Thats just silly. if you mess up forgive yourself and move on.

5. Wear less clothes. …it totally encourages you to stay on track. Seeing your body ultimagives you willpower to do what is needed. Hiding your body under sweats is the easiest way to get fat without noticing or “forget” to work out.
6. Count those calories keep a system like silly bands or monopoly money….maybe a pocket of coins to easily track what you are “spending” in calories.

7. Keep hydrated. It keeps the digestive system moving and increases energy and focus helping you to avoid that feeling of lethargy we often get when dieting.

8. Dont eat crap.
Eat crap feel like crap then crave even more crap. Its a vicious cycle. You dont need to go out and buy ten pounds of hemp granola or learn how to cook quinoa; an apple will suffice. Perhaps a garden salad or some beans there are normal, healthy and whole foods readily available everywhere. The test of your willpower is weather you choose to eat them or the crap.

9. Put your fork down!!!! Slow down your eating by literally placing the fork down in between bites. Take a breath , or a drink -truly savor the bite in your mouth. Challenge your tastebuds to pick out and distinguish flavors and textures. Being satisfied with your meal and your choice of fresh foods will keep you from justifying a cheeseburger later. It allows you to be satisfied with a smaller portion. One of the keys to losing weight is reducing portions to the size of a small plate.

10. Scales are not an accurate measure of fitness or fat loss. Muscle, water…even the food in your digestive system all make the numbers on the scale move. After a week of your best behavior seeing the scale tip up is the last thing you need. Measure your success by the way you feel and your pants size.

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Im looking forward to feeling better over the next few weeks and hope that my weight loss journey
can help others to find their willpower and finally commit to a healthier lifestyle. I would love your feedback comments and questions on the subject of weight loss, add your
two cents below!

Ronnie and Christan’s Chic Black & White Wedding Featured on The Frosted Petticoat!

Ronnie and Christan’s Jamestown North Carolina Wedding featured on The Frosted Petticoat!!! I could not be more excited or proud to share this feature with you! Check out the feature, and don’t forget to subscribe to The Frosted Petticoat, or follow this creative and beautiful blog on social media!

 

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 Thanks so much to all of the creative professionals who made this unforgettable day possible!!!!

Annie + Adam’s Christmas Tree Farm Engagement featured on Be Minked.com { Yay! } North Carolina Wedding Photography

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Adam + Annie’s Engagement on a beautiful Christmas Tree Farm in Jefferson North Carolina  in featured on Be Minked!!! I could not be more excited or proud to share this feature with you! Check out the feature, and don’t forget … Continue reading

Dustin and Emily’s Beautiful Waterfall Engagement Session Featured on Wedding Colors!

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Dustin and Emily’s Kernersville, North Carolina Wedding featured on Wedding Colors I could not be more excited or proud to share this feature with you! Check it out, and don’t forget to subscribe to yum yum weddings, or follow this … Continue reading

Shanna Duffy Photography Wins Two Bright Lights Editors’ Choice Award!

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 As a testament to my outstanding clients, and my commitment to producing the best-of-the-best Wedding Photography I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a winner of a 2014 Two Bright Lights Editors’ Choice Award! The award … Continue reading

#WeddingWednesday Brides Beware; Fake Portfolios May Mislead You and Ruin Your Wedding Images

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#WeddingWednesday Could your photographer be totally incompetent? It was the middle of the afternoon, during the Polar Vortex,  I was awaiting my camera’s return from Nikon where it was undergoing maintenance.  I have been doing so much “office work” lately in … Continue reading

Are you emasculating your man by demanding the ring YOU want? { North Carolina Wedding Photographer , Personal Images}

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I thought Koy was so selfish for buying a ring that was literally the opposite in every way of what I like…. I mean, why don’t men EVER listen?? These days most women are picking out their own rings, couples are even … Continue reading

#WeddingWednesday Engaged….Now What?

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So he finally popped the question, and you’re SUPER-EXCITED!!! But what do you do? After you post photos of your engagement ring on social media you might want to get a start on your wedding plans. Leigh Pierce, Owner of … Continue reading

EST. 2010 Shanna Duffy Photography Turns 4 today!!

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Then: Now:  This past four years I have learned SO MUCH!!! Not only about photography, but about myself. I cannot wait to see what the next four years has in store. Here are some things I have learned about wedding … Continue reading

Monday Inspiration and Motivation { Winston Salem, North Carolina Wedding Photographer }

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in 2007, I thought everything was impossible. Everything in my entire life was bleak, I had failed at marriage, failed to follow my dream of becoming a photographer, and failed at fighting for what I wanted. I was a doormat … Continue reading

Cat + Porchia Winston Salem Movie Theatre Engagement Photography in North Carolina

What a fun engagement photography shoot today at The Grand with Porchia and Cat!! A movie Theater engagement session gave us a great backdrop to showcase a little romance. Here are a few images from Downtown Winston Salem:

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How to Create a Brilliant Outfit for Your Upcoming Engagement Session

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One of the most popular questions I get….. What do I wear?? To answer that question, the experts at thechicfashionista.com have put together a few pieces of advice: “Creating your own personal fashion style is like building your own brand. … Continue reading