I met Nikki a handful of times (through my friend Julie), but really got to know her better in 2009 when she was in charge of styling all of my bridesmaids’ hair and making sure my hair looked absolutely fantastic on my wedding day. She did such an awesome job – and worked in such a timely manner – that whenever I meet a bride or hear about someone getting married, I quickly ask if they already have a hairstylist. Yes. She’s that good. And she brings energy, fun, and humor into things so it’s not just a beauty session, but one of babbling, gossip, and like I said, plain fun.
Nikki brings that same energy and fun into her dancing. Whether it is spinning around the pole, climbing up and doing different tricks and moves, or doing a floor routine, Nikki lets herself go with the music and dances her heart out. That spunk is already in her, but Stacey and Christina have truly nurtured that side to come out in her classes and it is evident in Nikki’s recap of her sessions on Smoke and Mirrors‘ blog. They bring out the best in each other and I can only imagine how much fun class is with them!
You look absolutely fantastic, Nikki, and it was a joy to photograph you. I cannot wait to see you grow as a dancer. Hopefully the next time there is an open house, you, too, will be performing!
Make-up by Stacey Craven of Smoke and Mirrors Makeup Spa
After shooting the lovely ladies of Smoke and Mirrors Fitness, Stacey and Christina, I had the pleasure of attending and photographing their open house. They opened their doors and offered attendees a preview of what pole fitness is all about, showcasing different levels of their classes in a wonderfully choreographed and put together routine. There was definitely a lot of excitement in the studio – plenty of clapping, oohs and ahhs at the different moves, pointing at the sheer amazement of the strength of the ladies who performed, and support from classmates and those who attended. In addition, there was an array of food, drinks – martinis served with dry ice! – and vendors showcasing jewelry and shoes. The open house allowed for people to socialize and have fun, but also see how much fun and hard work pole fitness can be.
Congratulations on a successful open house, Stacey and Christina! The turnout was great and I wish the two of you a long and successful business venture together!
It is really amazing how a chance encounter with someone can turn into something so much more long term. This is how I would describe the relationship that has formed with Stacey. One of my best friend’s friend owns a hair salon and she did my hair for my wedding. When I asked for a recommendation for a make-up artist, she immediately mentioned Stacey’s name. So I quickly decided Stacey was the one and she truly made me feel beautiful on my wedding day. And since then, we have kept in touch here and there – I recommend everyone I know to her because Stacey truly is easy to work with. So when I received an email that Stacey was opening up a studio with Christina, Smoke and Mirrors Fitness, I was thrilled and excited for her – and glad I was able to provide her with my services by taking photos of them!
It was a lovely day spent with the ladies of Smoke and Mirrors Fitness. It wasn’t just about capturing the different moves, which frankly take a lot of strength and stamina, but also about capturing the dynamic and friendship of Stacey and Christina. There were a lot of laughs, smiles, and a genuine passion for what they do. If you haven’t checked out pole fitness before, I would highly recommend their studio; both Stacey and Christina are great teachers and the decor of the place is beautiful!
Congratulations on opening the studio, Stacey and Christina! I wish the two of you success and cannot wait to share the photos from the open house!