This is Cindy.
and she is brave and beautiful.
She emailed me this spring asking about my rates for portrait sessions. I responded, we booked a time, and I asked her some questions about whether it would just be her, what the occasion was, what kind of look she was going for, etc. I was honored that she planned to drive up from Los Angeles to be photographed by me.
I got her permission to share what she said:
“So here’s the deal…it will be just me. I have always hated having my picture taken, and can find beauty in any photograph unless it includes me! I am just emerging from a bit of a funk (read: horribly depressed) and I am now determined to experience life and do the things that scare me and embrace the results, no matter what they may be. I am really trying to get to know myself again and have planned this solo weekend getaway to San Francisco to just nurture myself and explore that girl who got buried by the world’s expectations.”
We had such a great time together that we spent almost the entire day taking photos and driving to beautiful scenic spots in San Francisco. This photo was taken at Fort Point.
I share Cindy’s story because I am moved by her courage, her brave instinct to celebrate herself coming out of the dark, and her willingness to see herself in such a vulnerable way. Maybe it was the timing (I was slowly emerging from my own dark place) but her healing gift to herself healed me a little bit too. That’s what we can do for each other. Being brave isn’t just about you. It’s about all of us.
Thank you Cindy.