Welcome to chant & co.—
I’m Chant, short for Chantri— I’m so happy you’re here!
I’m a wife & mom to three, photographer & entrepreneur. All of which bring me incredible joy in life— I thrive when passion meets purpose. Creativity, learning & teaching sets my soul on fire! After my baby started kindergarten I spired into a dark space, I’ve been fighting ever since, working hard on my mind to reprogram thoughts that haven’t served me. I’ve shared my story here & here. I’m back in my own light— connecting, correcting & respecting my inner soul and I teach women all over the world to do the same!
My main platform & passion is Soulphoria , a coaching community of women ready to step into their divine light by being coached emotionally, physically & mentally— women ready to stretch to the next level and step into their soul purpose & reclaim their euphoria. To join any part of the Soulphoria Podcast, live events & online workshops. This is my absolute soul project.
I’m committed to finding joy in the everyday chaos, the highs and lows and leaning in to this journey, with grace by my side through my imperfections! My goal in life is to make time for the good things and build upon them and learn through adversity.
This space will be intentional. I come to you totally and completely transparent, with so much love & respect for your heart, time & money! The brands & companies I am affiliated with have my full trust. Their products, experiences and/or offerings benefit and enrich my life & my families lives. I am proud to represent and stand behind each partnership.
Remember we aren’t here to be perfect we are here to be perfected.
Please, come say hello! I love to connect with my readers.
So Lets be friends— xx, Chant
my niche— LIFESTYLE
Would you believe me if I told you I’ve been spinning out on this for over 2 years? Each time I would start the process of redesigning and organizing this site content I would get overwhelmed that I wasn’t ‘doing it right’, that I had to narrow down my niche! Girl, get ready cuz I’m throwing paint on the walls and talking about all the things that bring me joy and have significant meaning in my life.
It's simple really.
Family/Parenting— I’m a mom to 3 cute kids ages; 8, 12 & 14 and I want to document my view through motherhood as well as their growing-up years—I’m always learning and growing as a mother! Parenting pre-teens is a complicated land to maneuver in!
Health & Fitness— For as long as I can remember, even as a child, I felt uncomfortable in my body. As an adult I’m incredibly grateful for what my body has done… most importantly it developed three babies over the course of the 8 years! I believe that body shame exists because we know we can do better. Here’s me choosing to
Recipes— All our family favorites! Some healthy, some just plain delicious!
Fashion— I believe when you look good you feel good. I owed an online clothing boutique and I miss it every day!
Travel/Adventure— I’m a home body at heart, but experiencing the world is good for my soul!
Beauty & Skincare— more specifically SAFE beauty products.
Home— Decor & DIY
Party & Events— I love all the little details.
Photography— Shoots & Education
Personal Development — Soulphoria Podcast & Live Events oh and did I mention I am a Certified Life Coach?
Business Development— I love to help women turn their dreams into a reality.
Faith— I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I’m a Christian & believe in God, his son Jesus Christ & in the Holy Ghost.
WHERE I’VE BEEN— THE ROOT OF MY WHY
It’s important to note that my life has been so incredibly beautiful— yet, amidst the beauty I’ve had seasons when I was just. not. okay. Get ready for a little trip down memory lane! I think it’s important to share Why this space and what I share is so important to me.
Early on in my motherhood journey I walked through the trenches of “baby blues”— but, over time when hormones seemed to adjust, I was able to break free from the horrible anxiety I was feeling. I think knowing what it was, giving it a name “baby blues”, made it also not take root for long. I’m not sure if I experienced much depression, but the anxiety was incredible!— that brick on my chest was suffocating.
In 2006, when my baby was 1 year old I launched my photography business. I truly believe that the creative path that photography put me on fed my soul with such beauty & motivation that along with motherhood, life just had so much meaning. Don’t get me wrong, the learning curve was hard, it was before google and Pinterest— and I had many days where tears would stream down my face— But I was knew what I wanted and before long I was very successful.
As far back as I can remember I have been drawn to and inspired by creativity in all forms. At the young age of six, I owned and operated my first business, a bakery! There I specialized in decadent chocolatey desserts in all varieties; pies, cookies, fudge, cakes & more. While each one had a unique style, they all consisted of two main ingredients— dirt & water! It’s a family secret. My mom, at justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com, continually forgave me when I raided her pantry and drawers for supplies.
Having three sisters and very talented mom gives a child an incredible gift to cultivate a love for creativity. The ability to see the beauty in the every day and in the little details of everything came organically to me.
IT WASN’T UNTIL 2005 WHEN MY FIRST SON, LOGAN, WAS BORN THAT I HAD THE DESIRE TO PERSONALLY LEARN MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY. I WANTED TO CAPTURE REAL-LIFE MOMENTS IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY THAT TOLD A STORY. I CRAVED THE WELL EXPOSED & QUALITY IMAGES OF THE CLOSEUP OF HIS EYELASHES DURING A BATH & THE SINGLE TEAR WHEN HE WAITED FOR A BOTTLE TO WARM. THE DAILY LIFE - THAT IS WHAT I WANTED TO CAPTURE.
I INVESTED IN MY FIRST DSLR, A NIKON D80, IN 2005 AND BEGAN MY JOURNEY AS A SELF-TAUGHT PHOTOGRAPHER. I SPENT MANY MANY EVENINGS SITTING ON THE FAMILY ROOM FLOOR WITH MY CAMERA IN HAND, MANUAL ON MY LAP, AND A TRAIN OF LEFT OUT TOY TRUCKS ALL LINED UP, PRACTICING! TAKING ONE BAD SHOT AFTER ANOTHER AS I TRIED TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT! EVENTUALLY, IT ALL CLICKED AND WORD GOT OUT. I STARTED MY PHOTOGRAPHING BUSINESS IN 2006 WHERE I BOOKED SOLID WITH FAMILIES, BABIES, SENIORS, WEDDINGS & NEWBORNS.
I AM BLESSED TO BE A WIFE TO THE MOST AMAZING MAN WHO IS INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE OF MY DREAMS, A MOTHER TO 3 WONDERFUL CHILDREN WHO CHALLENGE ME DAILY AND ABOVE ALL BRING SO MUCH JOY INTO MY LIFE. GRATITUDE FILLS MY HEART FOR THE GIFT TO RECOGNIZE THE BEAUTY IN LIFE AND IN OTHER PEOPLE. THE ABILITY TO SEE AND CAPTURE LIFE THROUGH A LENS, AND PRESERVE IT FOR YEARS TO COME, IS TRULY A BLESSING. ONE THAT I BELIEVE CAN & SHOULD BE BE GIVEN TO OTHER MOTHERS & MOMPRENEURS LIKE MYSELF. I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO SEE THE AMAZING WAY PHOTOGRAPHY CAN IMPACT YOUR LIFE & BUSINESS.
“FIGURE OUT WHAT SETS YOUR SOUL ON FIRE & DON’T LOOK BACK UNLESS IT IS TO SEE HOW FAR YOU’VE COME. AND IN MOMENTS YOU WANT TO QUIT, ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU’RE NEVER ALONE.”
I TRULY BELIEVE HAVING THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO BEAUTIFULLY DOCUMENT THE WORLD AROUND ME HAS OPENED A GATEWAY TO COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES IN LIFE & BUSINESS. IT HAS GIVES ME LOVE AND APPRECIATION FOR THE LITTLEST MOMENTS IN LIFE. BECAUSE OF THIS I AM PROUD TO BE THE AUTHOR OF CAPTURE LIFE, A PHOTOGRAPHY EDUCATION GUIDE & WORKBOOK FOR CREATIVES, THAT SERVES AS BOTH TEXTBOOK & WORKBOOK FOR THOSE WHO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY, WHAT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EVERY ASPECT OF IT AND ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CAPTURING LIFE IN A CREATIVE & BEAUTIFUL WAY. IT WILL EDUCATE & INSPIRE YOU ON MANY LEVELS AS YOU APPLY THE THINGS YOU LEARN.This filled my cup immensely! That is, until it didn’t…
In 2011 when my 3rd baby was born I had been struggling hard for about a year prior with thoughts of feeling inadequate as a photographer. The rate at which new and “better than me” (or so I told myself) photographers were popping up all around me made me feel very insecure, leading me to doubt my abilities and worthiness as a photographer. I scaled back, way back! I stopped marketing & blogging my work— something about knowing people were coming to me through word-of-mouth made me feel ‘credible & wanted’. Because I’m a dreamer and a do’er by nature, in the spring of 2013 I launched an online clothing boutique, Aro & Company, because hello Fashion is fun! Marketing, Product/Model photography is a passion of mine and It made sense, in my mind, to use my talents where my only client was myself! Although the back-end truly lit me up, a start-up company is hard work with very little dividend! The stress of overhead didn’t seem to weigh on me as much as the judgement from others seems too. At this time instagram had been around for two years. Oh you better believe I had a strong instagram game! Give a photographer an app meant for posting pretty pictures in clean little squares— oh. my. gosh! It was my jam! I posted 4-5 beautiful & meaningful pictures each day. I documented my life, writing deep thought through captions & even shared my feet & food! Which I still do today! Gasp! People, at least then, have a strong opinion about long captions, food & feet pictures and over-gramming! After so many comments from friends & people I trusted & valued, I started to doubt what I was sharing, how I was sharing & why I was sharing, which lead me to overthink everything and doubt who I was at my core. I was dealing with some pretty muddy thoughts but was too busy to really spend time on them. I slowly started to not trust people, & got to work building walls to shut people out.
Fall of 2014, with the sell of our home, we made the decision to sell Aro & Company too. We didn’t make a single profit from it but we sold the brand and the inventory to pay off the debt, which was a blessing. With a cash offer on the house we had exactly 1 week to find a rental and move out! This really was an exciting time, stress filled for sure— but exciting! All the cards aligned and we moved into a very cute yellow & brand new home, it was perfect! The kids and I have really great memories in that rental, despite the fact that being in renting limbo is really hard! At this time I went from photographer and online clothing store owner to putting my creativity & passion into drawing & designing our future home. I was also working part time as a COO for an entrepreneur, which I loved. All this and motherhood kept me busy!
On April 2nd of 2015 we broke ground and the building process began. At the time I didn’t know just how badly my confidence and security within myself had fallen. If you’ve ever built a home before you’ll know what I mean by “everyone has an opinion”… and I mean everyone!! I knew what I wanted, I knew my exact style… but when it came down to it I was so emotionally affected by other peoples reaction to what I wanted was, I internalized it as they didn’t like me, not my style choices. I felt isolated and so different. I wish I could go back to my then self and tell me that what makes me different is what makes me beautiful. I did followed my heart, oh and my budget, but I was standing on rocky ground.
Leaving the drama of building out… ya’ll know building is like having babies, right? Our brains block out all the mayhem once when have a beautiful finished product to love! So the fall of 2015 we moved into our beautiful new home. You guys, I love my home so SO much! It’s modest and yet grande in my eyes.
I moved quickly past the frustrating logistics of building, being in a new house is exciting and there are plenty of things to get done! But, what stunned me was the frighteningly high walls I had continued to build upon all around me. As winter came and went spring appeared and time got gobbled up working on the yard! In July of 2016 we planted grass & life slowed down as we watched it grow. I launched a photography education course, CREATIVE CAPTURE & the (free) mini guide SHOOT LIKE A PRO, which was wildly successful and so much fun to design & share everything I know while working with other moms & aspiring photographers!
I published this post in December titled ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and I was ready and excited for a new year! 2017 began with a surge of inspiration, bravery, a new lease on life. I felt alive and ready to own my story and inspire other women to do the same! I launched @Souphoria.Co! A business to empower women to step into their true authentic self. I put on the very first event in February 2017 called “Be the Artist of Your Life” it was absolutely amazing! We had 52 beautiful women at the event and 4 incredible speakers; Julia at chrislovesjulia.com, Nicole at thevenuerigby.com, Rachel at greengoatdotes.com & Audrey at missaudreysue.com who did more than inspire us. After that evening I knew this was where I needed to be. What I needed to be doing and how I needed to show up in the world. But I wasn’t prepared for the brutal backlash I would give myself afterwards. Picking myself and the event apart bit by bit until I had no choice but to withdraw.
Soon spring came, the grass was growing in thicker and thicker and everything felt right.
Except it didn’t.
I thought maybe I just needed to snap out of the winter blues, Idaho has loooong winters! I wasn’t getting as much work as a COO and there wasn’t projects around the house to do, I was only taking around 15-20 sessions and 2 weddings a year and I just kept spinning my wheels… I longed for myself, yet again. So, despite my thoughts of failure, I held my second Soulphoria event in April! This time called “Pillow Thought”. Though we had a few less who attended, the night was, yet again, beyond amazing with incredible speakers! Keli @omg.keli.b, Jaymie @jaymie.joy, Deadre @ daedre_momma & myself. The night was so much fun! But after it was over I felt so much worry and fear that it wasn’t enough. I wanted the event to ricochet off everyone and make a wave of change! Everyone (including myself) was on a high that evening then we would walk away and get planted back into real like and nothing really changed. I felt the impact wasn’t enough. I thought I needed to just keep going, that I was just going through growing pains & self doubt— so I launched yet another event that was to be held in July— but I later postponed it until October.
By October I was really doing the event because I knew I had to. I did feel like I had a very good message to share and I was excited about the entire event. Awaken & Evolve will forever be the event that really brought the Soulphoria vision to absolute life & light! We had Sadie at simplysadiejane.com & Jenna Rammell at @jennarammell.com and they brought it! Big time! I haven’t fully gone back to this event to sit with my feelings—there is so much grief, sadness & fear in my heart that day. So many things I know that I did wrong and so many things I regret. Yet, SO many reasons why it was perfect! It was phenomenal! Absolutely Incredible! I was just in a very bad place to receive all the healing that took place that afternoon. I was in the depths of misery. And to be totally transparent I was hoping to find “belonging” and didn’t, which was a hard blow to my ego. -I’m human!
After that event I vowed to focus on healing myself. Soulphoria means so much to me it had to keep happening, but when the time was right and I could show up fully ready and present.
I immediately took a deep dive into Life Coaching at the Life Coach School! I started where I was, what I was experiencing and I dissected every though that came my way, good and bad! I gave space for thoughts, without judgement and what happened was incredible! My thoughts became neutral. They weren’t scary, they weren’t bad… they just were thoughts, thoughts that could be changed!
In October 2017 I did something wild and so outside of my comfort zone. On Friday, October 13th, I went in for an interview for a part time position at a local credit union. The job listing was from 8:20 am - 1:00 pm each day. I thought that would be perfect— I’d be home when my kids got home from school. That interview changed my life! I’d even go as far as to say it saved my life! For the first time, in a long time, I had to have my own back! I left the bully telling me I’m not enough and I went to bat for myself and why I’d be a valuable employee. That little interview for a $10.25/hr job started the wall demolition! That day I cried the whole way home because I was so damn proud of myself. I caught a glimpse of how beautiful I was made on the inside.
By November my job as a COO fizzled out, which I knew was coming. It’s not the job that I miss, it’s the friend.
In March 2018 I got a text while I was at work from my sister and telling me there was an immediate opening as an eye technician/biller at her office. I could work 2-10 hr days/wk and get the same hrs as working every day. I felt it was best for me, my goals & my family, so I made the switch— and it was the hardest things I’ve done in a long time. The people at the credit using were becoming family to me! I bawled the whole way home on that last day.
It’s now been a year! It’s been a hard and wonderful with lots & lots of learning! In fact, it’s kind of been a blur! I haven’t accessed my brain to store and retrieve information more than I have this past year! Working with my sister is amazing! The relationship we’ve fostered over the last year has been irreplaceable and I am forever grateful for this experience.
WHERE I’M GOING— lets to this!
So here we are, today, and I’m working hard to live authentically in who my soul was created to be. I’m a thinker, a dreamer, a wonder-er, a searcher and finding deeper meaning kind of girl. Im curious to a fault— and won’t quit trying. I refuse to feel anything other than love, appreciation and zest for life. I refuse to feel insignificant or inferior. I refuse to live inside a concrete box. This is my last sumo kick to crumble the walls and set myself free. I wasn’t living authentically to me. My soul was so so sad. I had built myself a concrete box out of fear, comparison, doubt and shame to live in. Sure, I could do the day to day as long as I was staying busy, you know, living life on other peoples terms. But once I was left with just myself, I couldn’t deal.
You still with me? That was heavy! I realize. But, I had to go there to go on! The reason I am here, in this space, is because I fought hard for my life! I fought to learn & find meaning in the pain and suffering. I fought my thoughts and I battled my internal dialogue every. damn. day. Life is the one opportunity to become one with our body, mind & soul. And this is my journey.
My life as a wife, mother of three, photographer, photography mentor and business + life coach is a beautiful, beautiful mess!
Here you'll see what I offer in my business avenues as well see the transparency of my daily life nurturing my mind, body and spirit- creatively, spiritually & physically. It's the slow and steady, fast & crazy, ugly & beautifully balanced day to day we call, life! It's not always easy but transcribing my daily life keeps me accountable and is an opportunity to pay it forward to other moms & female entrepreneurs.
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