10 things you may not know about me | Chicago, Illinois | Joanna Smith Boudoir Photographer

Even if you don’t know me personally, you definitely know how passionate I am about boudoir if you follow my work. I love helping women see the beautiful parts of themselves that they tend to overlook or show them the sexy parts that they forgot about years ago. Other than that, you may not know much about me. I hope this blog post helps to change that and you get to know a few quirky things about me.

Photo by Christa Meola Pictures Inc.

Photo by Christa Meola Pictures Inc.

1. I’m a runner. I have been a runner since 8th grade. I’m not a very good runner, but I love it. I love pounding the pavement when I’m stressed, upset, happy, excited, or just need to clear my head. It’s my go-to for just about anything and it’s my favorite way to push myself to my limits. I have run 5ks, 8ks, 5 miles, two half marathons, and I’m just crazy enough to start training for the Chicago marathon this year. I’m completely terrified to do it which is exactly why I’m going to:)

Copyright 2014 Terrence Blount Photography

Image courtesy of Terrence Blount Photography

2. I am completely obsessed with Pinterest. I pin everything – home decor, beautiful photographs, quotes, places I’d love to visit, running clothes, work outfit ideas, and most importantly recipes! I think 90% of the recipes I’ve made in the last few years have been from Pinterest. You can check out all my fabulous pins here.

3. I absolutely LOVE to cook but I am a terrible baker. Although I do have a pretty large board on Pinterest devoted to delicious looking cookies and cakes that I will never make haha! (See, told you I pin everything!)

4. I was a military spouse for 5 years. My husband was in the Army and we lived in 3 different states together in those 5 years. It was during that time that I started my career as a photographer and photographed mainly military families for my first 2 years. I have the utmost respect for the spouses and family members of active duty military members and veterans. They sacrifice so much and are the strongest people I’ll ever know. I have made friendships with military families that I know will last throughout my life.

5. I have two VERY WILD children, two boys, each born in a different state. They keep me on my toes and teach me a lot about myself. Being a parent can be totally frustrating but it’s the most amazing journey I’ve ever been on. They make me laugh hard, love deeply, shake my head, can frustrate me to no end, but most of all they make me appreciate the little simple things in life and help me to slow down and keep seeing the world through their wonder-filled eyes.

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6. I’m a warm weather girl. I could wear flip flops year round. I absolutely HATE being cold. If it were up to me, it could snow on Christmas and then be a minimum of 75 degrees and sunny the rest of the year.

7. I went to New York City for the very first time in June 2014 to spend a few days with wicked talented Christa Meola, who literally wrote the book about boudoir photography. I was part of her Opening the Kimono workshop with around 20 awesome photographers, and was given a behind the scenes pass to watch her shoot live and learn from the very best. I made some amazing friendships in those few days and left with a fresh new approach to photographing women. I have noticed a huge change in my photography after that trip. Stay tuned for another blog post about this amazing experience!

Photo by Christa Meola Pictures Inc.

Photo by Christa Meola Pictures Inc.

8. While in NYC, the most important thing for me to do was to see Ground Zero. I always knew that if I ever went to NYC, I would have to see it. It’s true what they say about it – the loud hustle and bustle of New York quiets down as soon as you get close. There’s a stillness in the air. I went with my best friend the first day we were there, right as the sun started to set. We wandered around separately and silently, just taking it all in. There’s a certain ache you feel, even so many years later, as you pay your respects to those taken too soon in such an awful senseless way. I don’t think any amount of time can pass that I won’t feel that ache and burning anger in my heart for what happened on 9/11.

9. I’m very tall. 5’10” to be exact. I never wear heels, mainly because it makes me a giant but also because I’m incredibly clumsy and would probably break a leg.

10. I buy myself flowers. All the time. I think there’s nothing fresher for the soul than a beautiful colorful bouquet of flowers around me – in the kitchen, in my office, but most importantly in my Waterford crystal vase that was given as a gift at our wedding. It’s absolutely beautiful and needs to be full of beautiful flowers as often as possible.

So there you have it. 10 random facts about me that hopefully help you get to know me a little better. Have any questions for me that you want answered? Ask away!

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