I had a photo shoot the other day. There was no major rhyme or reason just know a girl who’s really talented and set up a time for her to take some portraits of me and feature a tattoo I have. I was completely nervous going into the experience. I have wounds on my face and arms and I wasn’t sure how to feel. Have you ever had an experience where you can appreciate a photograph of yourself? I know I did in the past and I have again with these photos. One photo in particular made me feel really pretty. What surprised me is that it was the photo where my skin issues are most obvious. I took a look at the photo and was able to appreciate myself for me and my beauty as my own. I never thought having a photo shoot would be a liberating experience, and I’m so happy to discover it can be. Not that I’ll be having a ton of portrait sessions now, but I don’t think I’ll be so camera shy when my friends are taking selfies or documenting complete craziness on their iPhones. I am who I am and I’m learning to love it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. -Confucius


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