Fitbodies By Sharon is an all women gym in Fort Worth dedicated to the health and wellness of the women. Coach Sharon helps scores of women regain their self-confidence by helping them become healthy, lean and strong. Sharon Jackson, NSCA-CPT, offers a personalized approach to fitness with expert coaching & fitness instruction. Her fun, effective workouts provide accountability & support for many women in the Fort Worth area. Sharon takes a comprehensive weight loss approach built on teamwork & camaraderie. I was able to connect with Sharon at her gym and ask her a few questions about her, life, business, and fitness. Please check out our conversation below.
How you got started and how you got to where you are today?
I started out working in physical therapy as an exercise Physiologist for about 12 years. My first client needed an alternative once she had completed rehab. I jokingly said you can just hire me as your personal trainer. She did! I started doing personal training for her. I was still working full time but trained her in the morning before work. The personal training just went from there. I went ahead and got certified in personal training. I had another client that suggested I start a boot camp. I thought that sounded like a great idea. So, I started in the summer of 2007 with some fliers and a small group of women, and that is how Sharon’s Slammin Women’s Bootcamp started. Before I knew it, I had 20-30 women in two different classes. I was living in Ruston, Louisiana at the time, and there was nothing like that in the area. Summer came and went, our classes dwindled down until someone suggested I add a 5 am class. Once I started offering that class, it just took off and went crazy for the next 5 years. When I left Louisiana I had 3 locations.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My classes were going great – I had several locations and classes. My husband was offered a coaching position with TCU so we relocated. I had to completely start over in an area that I had no knowledge about. That’s a hard thing to have to start completely over.
A had a friend that had moved to the area, we met for lunch and she connected me to a group of moms on Facebook. I introduced myself online, explained that I was starting a local class that April and a few of them signed up. From there, it’s history – 5 years later we are here every morning. In addition to these classes, I also teach at a gym. I now have 2 classes each morning and another trainer at the gym for private training.
Tell us about your business/company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What sets you apart from others?
My mission is empowerment and shaping the lives of women through exercise. I open up each class with a devotion. Classes are strictly for women only. I try to add value to these women’s lives by causing a change from the inside out. It’s more than just exercise.
What sets me apart from other programs is that I am so relationship driven by my clients. I truly want to get to know them and help them have a happier body and life.
What do you like best about living in the Fort Worth (Tanglewood) area?
I grew up in Louisiana, met my husband at Louisiana Tech. He coached there for 15 years. Louisiana was home for 20+ years. Now that I am here in Fort Worth. There are so many more opportunities here. I just started my first corporate wellness program, I have my classes here and my private training. I love the community of this area (Tanglewood). It may be a big city, but it still feels small and intimate. Women are holding each other accountable and building friendships through these classes. It’s great to see these relationships evolve outside of the classes each morning.
What are you most proud of as a company? Tell me about a client that has made an impact on you or your business?
I am most proud of the change I see in these women’s lives. I get clients that come in and think they can’t do it, and before long, they end up loving exercise. You can see the light bulb come on and they all of a sudden believe they were capable of things they thought were impossible before. The transformations that I see in these women is great – I want to be a part of the change.
What is included when a client books your service?
You can choose our regular fitness class or a HIIT class. I am not a nutritionist, but I do understand how food impacts a body, so I help guide each client to use their diet to help affect the change in their bodies and reach their physical goals.
I offer a one week trial to make sure this is the right program for them. At the end of the week, we do a full assessment and set goals. We track body weight, body fat, do their measurements and discuss what goals they want to achieve, I also give them a nutrition plan to help them get started.
All of my clients have access to coaching calls, one on one conversations and all classes.
What’s one interesting fact about your business?
I include devotions in my business. You just never know who is in the class. My business is for people who are looking to improve their bodies and minds. Every class starts with a devotion, we focus on faith and positivity.
Is there any pricing information that is relevant to our readers?
I offer a 7-day free week Trial (if you want to try out classes) For current pricing and promotions please contact Sharon directly.
If you’re interested in learning more about FitBodies by Sharon and what she has to offer you can…
Email her: email@example.com
Give her a call: 318-235-6456
Visit her website: Fitbodiesbysharon.com
Check her out on Instagram: @slammin20
Tabitha reached out several months ago because she needed to update her family pictures. It had been several years since they had them done… and it was way past time. Tabitha and Dusty have two BEAUTIFUL girls and while it may have taken them a few minutes to get over their stranger danger… they did a fabulous job and we had a lot of fun. Family sessions will always hold a special place in my heart. They are a lot of work for mommas… and dads never really want to be there. The kids have usually been bribed with candy, food, or a special toy. What makes me happy is when it is all said and done, and mom finally gets to see her images, she sees her family in a new light. She sees the giggles, the love, and all the beautiful little pieces of her family. That is what I think a true family session should be like. Tabitha, I hope you cherish these images and put them up everywhere.
Tabitha and Dusty have two absolutely beautiful girls. Lexy is 7 years old. She’s quiet, shy, and takes a little bit to warm up. She is a great big sister and knows just how to help get giggles from her little sis. Lexy took a few minutes to warm up with me. I’ve learned a long time ago, to give them their time and their space. I also happen to know a couple of ways to get them to break out of their little shell a little faster. It didn’t take too long at all and she was smiling at me and having fun. Kelsy is 2 years old. She’s full of energy and raring to go. Kelsy stayed pretty close to her daddy in the beginning… but I realized that she was pretty interested in all of the nature that surrounded us. As soon as we stopped taking pictures after the first few minutes, I let them collect rocks and had them sit down to count them. It was beautiful to watch the girls work together and explore.
Once I was able to get the girls laughing and giggling – we got back to our purpose. I wanted to tell the story of this sweet family. The love you can feel from them is truly beautiful. The girls are at such a sweet age and I could tell at every moment that mom and dad were so proud of their family.
I asked mom what the girls enjoyed doing together and one of the things she mentioned was reading, so I asked her to bring a couple of books. These images just stole my heart. If you look closely – you will see that Kelsy is imitating everything that her big sister was doing, including how she laid beside her. These moments are priceless. These are the moments that I want to capture for parents. They are fleeting and before long these little girls won’t be so little. However, my hope is that they look at these years down the road and can still hear the laughter.
Can’t forget to get a few pictures of mom and dad.
Beautiful Evolutions Family Photographer
This year I changed how we structure our family sessions. I am a big believer in telling stories thru images, but there is something about a family session that I think that holds even more true. Every little detail that I try to capture tells a story. Watching a mom pick and choose which images she will keep honestly just breaks my heart. So going forward, all of our family sessions include the fully gallery that is sent to you. I want each family to see their family the way that I see it. I want the little details to be just as important as the big beautiful picture that goes above the fireplace. Want to see some more of our family life inspired sessions – head over to the Beautiful Evolutions website.
We are now booking Spring Family sessions for April and May – before Texas gets too hot!
One of the greatest things about being a Senior Photographer is that I get to meet some of the coolest girls and learn more about their dreams while we shoot. Ms. Abby is graduating this spring from Forney High School and when her dad hired me to be her Class of 2018 Senior Photographer, I was so excited. Not only is she a gorgeous girl – she has got big plans for the future and I cannot wait to see what she makes happen for herself. We spent the afternoon pampering her in hair and makeup and then we walked all over downtown Fort Worth.
Abby, Class of 2018, Forney High School
Have you ever met someone and you were completely blown away by them after just a few minutes of meeting them. That is Abby. I met Abby for the first time while she was getting hair and makeup done. Normally, I would have met her for a pre-consultation, but scheduled never aligned perfectly for her to be in town when I met with her dad. She sat in the makeup chair pretty quietly. She watched what was going on and smiled a lot. As soon as we got on location, Abby busted out with a couple of things that had me literally laughing out loud. I could see the embarrassment crawl up her dad’s neck, because you see, Abby speaks whatever thoughts are flying thru her mind. Luckily, it is pretty hard to surprise me anymore. I think it quickly became one of the things I loved most about Abby. She’s not too worried about what anyone else thinks and just walks to her own little beat. To me, that means she is going to carve out her own path and take charge of everything she wants in life.
Abby – Future Plans
After graduation, Abby is going to school and work on becoming a nurse. I love that she already has a strong plan and knows exactly what needs to happen to get there. When I watch her dad interact with her, I can see how proud he is of her. She may speak her mind, and sometimes it might be things that should be kept on the inside, but Abby is full of life and keeps everyone laughing. I have no doubt in my mind that Abby is a force to be reckoned with today and that will only become more true as she grows in life. When I originally asked her about what type of nursing she wants to go into, she told me she wanted to work with babies. Abby will begin attending TCC in the fall to start down her path of becoming a neonatal nurse.
Class of 2018 Senior Photographer: Beautiful Evolutions
Each and every one of my clients makes me so thankful that I get to do this every day. My high school senior clients fill my soul and remind me of the greatness that is coming in our little world. Even though we didn’t do Abby’s senior pictures in Forney, where she has gone to school, we had such a great time in Fort Worth. I think it was the perfect location for what she wanted for her senior session. Abby thank you for trusting me to create beautiful images for you. It was my honor to be your senior photographer.
Even though graduation is quickly coming up, we are still booking some last minute Class of 2018 seniors and already filling the calendar for our Class of 2019. Interested in booking a session – I would love for you to check out the Beautiful Evolutions website and see some more of our work or even schedule a complimentary pre-consultation call. Let’s chat about any questions you might have and go over all the details.
As a headshot photographer, I hear it all the time, I just need one good headshot. Let’s face it, head shots are a little bit of a pain in the booty. You search for the right head shot photographer, you get your hair and makeup done, you drive to the location and meet this person that you probably have never met before only to stand their awkwardly and pray that something turns out ok enough to use. Sound familiar? What if I told you that I wanted to partner with you and really understand where your business is today and where you want it to go? Are you at a loss for how to get your target clients attention on social media, knowing that your industry is over-saturated and you just hope your post floats by the right person at the right time? What if I told you that I could help you create a social media content strategy and together we can up your game?
Head Shots or Brand Photography? Which one is for you?
I have a lot of clients that book me for head shots. They need just one quick head shot because they need to update their profile picture on LinkedIn or Facebook. We spend about 30-45 minutes together and they get some killer images. As they are reviewing their images, they start to realize that they look really great and can all of a sudden now think of a few more places they could use these photos. We planned their wardrobe well enough that they could even switch out a few new ones over the next couple of months. Win-Win right? Yes, you got a great new updated head shot. You get a LOT of likes and comments about how great you look… but then what? You booked a standard head shot session… mission accomplished.
However, have you thought about how you are going to stand out in your industry? Are you fighting to prove to your target clients that you are THE best person for the job? Are you hustling every day to get a meeting with someone new and hope that they have seen something you have posted recently… anything? With Brand Photography, I can help you create a plan for your social media marketing and provide the visual content to go along with it. Think about the companies that you follow or that attract your attention. They are very deliberate in what they post, and look hard… it’s not always about sales. Brand Photography is about digging deep and giving visual images to tell your story on a deeper level. A head shot session may give you a handful of updated images of your pretty face, but a Brand Photography session will give you over 50 images that tell your story and can help you have relevant content over the next year.
Head Shot and Brand Photographer
This has quickly become some of my favorite type of sessions. I have really enjoyed meeting so many entrepreneurs and solopreneurs and learning more about how they are out their hustling every day to find success. I would love to schedule a consultation call with you and see if I can help you grow your business as well. Be sure to check out some more of our sessions over on the website. Want to schedule a consultation call with me to see if this is might be a good option for you?
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It is always such an honor when someone asks us to photograph their wedding. This is one day that will mean the most to the couple. It is our chance to tell their story through images and give them something that they can look at for the rest of time and remember the love and emotion they share. It is even more special when we have the privilege to call them friends. We were so honored that these two beautiful girls wanted us to be their wedding photographers and celebrate with them.
Beth and Jessica – Getting Ready
Beth and Jessica reached out several months ago to talk about their wedding and what they had planned. I knew it would be beautiful and perfect suited for them. I had never had the opportunity to photograph a wedding at Chapel Ducinea, so I was even more excited to see this beautiful Chapel. Beth and Jessica had planned a very private ceremony in one of the prettiest places to get married. Beth’s son Lorenz was a part of their day and that made it so much more special for everyone. The weather may not have been playing nice for us this day, but their sweet smiles shined through and the day was just perfect. Jessica’s sister Gracie was also there, to help coordinate everything and also to help with Lorenz. Jessica started her day with hair and makeup while Beth and Lorenz had a quiet morning at the hotel. Before long, it was time to get everyone dressed and ready to go. We decided to get some pictures at the hotel, Lone Star Court – because it was just way too cute. It was quirky, cute and just so perfect for Austin.
Beth and Jessica – The Ceremony
We made the drive over to the chapel and were just completely taken aback by the view. As soon as Melissa and I arrived, I knew this would be the perfect location for their ceremony. It was cold. So not normal for Austin, TX, but oh my gosh it was cold. Thankfully, Jessica had a beautiful fur stole to wrap up in while we took some pictures before the ceremony started. Jessica and Beth said their vows to each other and professed their love in front of two of their most important people. Lorenz, well, he wasn’t EXACTLY focused on the ceremony… but he was excited as well. They smiled and giggled as they exchanged rings and before we knew it, it was time to make it official.
It may have been cold – but this ceremony was beautiful and full of love. I keep looking at these images and I am so thankful this is where they chose to get married. What an incredible place to celebrate your love for each other.
If you have never seen the story of Chapel Dulcinea, you are missing out. Their website describes it best: “Chapel Dulcinea sits daringly on the edge of an ancient walking trail on the Wizard Academy campus, approximately 20 minutes southwest of downtown Austin. Yes, it’s an outdoor chapel and the weather isn’t always perfect. But life is like that, isn’t it? Anything can happen. Walk into your marriage with open eyes, ready for whatever might come your way, even on your wedding day.” If that doesn’t make you fall in love with it just by reading it, I just don’t know about you. While their words fit it perfectly, you just cannot imagine the view. What makes it so fantastic, besides all of that… it is free. They work strictly off of donations.
Beautiful Evolutions: Wedding Photographers
I know I said this earlier, but we truly do feel an immense honor when someone trusts us to document their wedding day. Melissa and I take a lot of pride in the work we do. In reality, we look at it as much more than just taking pictures. We want to make sure that your day is just as you imagined. We want to be a partner with you and do what we can to help your dream day become a reality. Beth and Jessica, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to be a part of your day, to document your love, and to be a witness to your wedding. We wish you all the best in this world and all the happiness and love you can share between each other.
Check out this video to see Beth and Jessica’s special day. Congratulations to you both!
Portrait Photographer Beautiful Evolutions 2018
Portrait Photographer Beautiful Evolutions 2018
All my love