"You're so hard on yourself. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life, at the grief that softened you, at the heart ache that wisened you, at the suffering that strengthened you. Despite everything, you still grow. Be proud of this."

Sometimes you just meet people and they touch your soul. I knew going into this session I needed to make it a little extra special for this sweet girl.  She has had a rough past few months. Aubrey and I share some similar life experiences, and throughout her session we shared our stories with one another. Getting to know this sweet girl and hearing her story reminded me so much of myself and my own story.  By the time I got home I was in tears. Aubrey made me realize the TRUE reason I am a photographer. 

I am a photographer because I want to make a difference. Being photographed is being vulnerable. I get the opportunity to witness people in raw forms. And in these vulnerable states, I get to hear their stories. Sometimes I'm just a listening ear, or we stay in contact and become friends, or I share my own experiences and advice. No matter the experience, to me, being a photographer is more than creating images.

I told myself I HAD to show this sweet girl how truly gorgeous she is. Aubrey is so deserving, and without knowing it, she taught me a valuable lesson, and truly touched my soul.