So when I first met with this lovely lady, I asked her what drew her to my ad. She said, "Well, I've never felt like I could ever think I might be called beautiful." And a tear rolled down. I was so taken with this raw moment. It's a moment we can all relate to. We don't feel beautiful, or we don't feel pretty anymore. I photographed a wonderful lady who was in her eighties. She was so regal and truly beautiful to me. She said to me, "You keep saying that I'm beautiful. I was married twice and nobody ever called me that before!" In her eighties, and no one, not even her husbands, had ever told her.
I knew I was going to make Carolyn look and feel amazing, and I couldn't wait to get started! So we talked a bit more, went through her closet, selected her outfits she would bring, and set them aside. The day of her shoot I did the hair and makeup and photographed her in my kitchen (Yes, my kitchen!). We laughed and talked, and tried some experimental ideas- she was so trusting! So her photos are so beautiful, and she was smiling this wonderful, infectious smile in them all. I think we can all relate to hew she felt about herself, judging ourselves so harshly. Feeling judged by the world. I hope we can all realize our own beauty, and where it comes from. To rest in the knowledge that we are amazing! My hope for Carolyn is that she places one of her photos on a beautiful easel in her dressing room, and when she passes by she looks at it, looks at herself in the mirror, and says, "Yup! Still good lookin'!
"Thank you again Andrea Moon for an amazing experience. You showed me something I didn't know could exist, and you taught me to Hope. Thank you for your beautiful project and for letting me be a part of it."