SWOLE: (rhymes with goal.)  a slang term used to describe strength; physically built; having a well developed physique; having large, toned muscles.  “Dang, Emily Dakolios must be working out at Crossfit every day! She’s looking swole!”

DA-SWOLE-IOS: (sounds like Dakolios.) nickname used to describe members of the Dakolios family; Emily or Dave; fit couple found at Crossfit Crowned.  “Hey, Daswoleios! Will you be my workout partner?!” Abbrev. “Swolly”

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I have had the pleasure of working out with strong sweetheart, Emily, for countless 9:15 am Crossfit classes.  At Crossfit Crowned, Wednesdays are always partner workouts, so on those mornings we would team up and attack it together, side by side, sharing the workload and encouraging each other, pushing each other, and on rare occasions, literally catching each other. (lol! Those demon box jumps! Emily, I saved your face on that last one. You’re welcome.) I loved working out with Emily, and as her pregnant belly grew I knew my days with her at the gym were numbered.  Soon she would have to take a break, right? Wrong. She carefully continued to work out at the gym right.up.until.the.very.day.she.delivered. Ha! Her baby is beautiful and healthy, and her delivery went smoothly and quickly. The last few months of pregnancy I would often hear other members tell Emily that she was doing awesome, and that her dedication to staying fit and healthy really inspired them.  It’s true. None of us felt like we could complain when the WODs got tough, because here’s Emily, with an extra front load, still crushin it. With a smile. She inspired and motivated everyone. It was a cool thing to witness. Respect. *fist bump*

And so of course I asked Emily if I could bring my camera in someday during one of the workouts and photograph her.  Because you don’t often see an 8months+ pregnant lady doing pull-ups and push-ups and squats and handstand push ups and lunges and deadlifts and bench presses and push presses and jump roping and kettlebell swings and box jumps….you get the picture. I was quite excited when Emily agreed. What a good sport.

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I also asked Emily to share a little bit for those who are curious about maintaining this level of fitness during this stage of pregnancy.  She was happy to answer questions regarding her experience.

IN HER OWN WORDS:

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#RealLife. That was the response from mom when I sent her a preview pic from her session. And she’s right. Real life indeed. That’s the way I like it, and I think it’s fair to say the final pix represent well the silliness, love, wiggles, giggles, and natural childlike ability to run free and find adventure. With a pause here and there to connect with a hug, or blow a bubble (and swiftly pop it of course.) Watching them I was struck by this mommas beauty and strength. Under her watchful eye, the kids go to run, wrestle, and play with joy and confidence. Their individual personalities shining with each expression. I literally couldn’t stop taking pictures. I enjoyed these kids very much. It was a happy shoot and as a result I feel we got what we came for.  This is a good example of why I coach clients who aren’t sure what to expect, to try to come with a laid back attitude, let go of expectations, and trust me. Let the moments happen. Give it time to unfold. Forget about the fact that I’m there with a camera. Go about your business. Don’t micro manage the kids if you can help it. If you want pictures that reflect THEM, you must allow them freedom to be themselves. This is the difference between portraits and lifestyle. I try to incorporate both. There are no guarantees, but usually if you let the kids go bananas for a bit, they are willing to come back and gather for a still. And if not, then try bribing them with candy.

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One thing I’ve learned from observing my friends Tim and Meggie, is that they Really.Like. each other.  They are close pals and make a great team. You get the feeling that they were assigned partners by nature. Perfectly matched, it’s quite clear to see that they simply belong together and enjoy doing life as each other’s sweetheart and BFF. Now add an adorable, smart, confident son (whom, I discovered, has a big interest in photography) and you get the most wonderful combo of a creative, fun loving family. I should also mention that Ethan has a signature “thumbs up” move that he tried to sneak into every single picture.  That’s pretty cool.  When your first instinct is to respond with a double thumbs up, I guess that means that life is good. And it is for these guys.
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No doubt he was telling me something very important.

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Her eyes twinkle and she gives from the heart.  For my birthday she made me the best handmade pottery mug which I use every day.  And also some beautiful and awesome smelling homemade soaps, which I also use every day. These gifts never fail to give me the warm fuzzies and make me remember that wonderful day that I celebrated with my friends. Thanks for the daily trigger to that, Meggie.

t-and-m-laugh-bwThis right here is classic Tim and Meggie. Happy and laughing and close.  And Tim looking slightly mischievous, like he just said or did something inappropriate.

tm-sunny-sky-and-bw-ethan-on-shouldersthree-family-picsthumbs-up-by-fenceOk Dad, but first, a THUMBS UP!

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The many faces of Tim.

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Did I mention Tim is a beast at Crossfit?

cindy-and-saddoris-famThat’s a wrap! Ethan begged us to let him take our picture. Is it a good idea to hand a six year old a $5,000 camera/lens combo? Absolutely. Excellent job Ethan. Double thumbs up.

The lovely Lia at Loden Floral Designs is making these beautiful floral crowns for the mini sessions – or for your own fun.  You can order a silk crown or a fresh flower crown.  They’re so delicate and precious, perfect for any sweet face. To order a crown please email us at pixcphotos@gmail.com

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