My strokes happened in October 2012. It, was, devastating!
I took some time out, a whole two years, to grieve, to get angry, to cry, to feel depressed, to think…
When I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself, or rather, decided that my life is not over, it’s just different now and maybe a bit more challenging, physically. I picked up my camera again, my only prized position I had left in the world. I turned an old shed (with help) into a “studio” and I invited Pierre (who is a rock musician) for a free shoot (September 2014), so I could learn how to use my tripod, camera and lens, one handed. It was seriously difficult and frustrating (I felt like crying the whole time – but I didn’t – I pushed through it). But I will never forget, how alive I felt in his session. I will never forget the overwhelming excitement of shooting again. My epiphany happened this day! I am going to do this, and I’m going to do this with so much love, nothing in the world will stop me!
When I saw his images and started editing, I knew that I had acquired all the skills I needed to become a full time professional photographer. I would need to get a new lens (a fixed lens, that does not require my left hand), a chair with wheels and I would need many, many hours of practice keeping my balance and making my right arm strong enough to ditch the tripod (which was too difficult to use one handed).
And so I did, just that!
I knew, I wanted to photograph women, I knew that I would specialise in this. I knew that women needed help to feel and look beautiful (because I was feeling really crap).
Well it’s 2019, and here I am. Doing what I love. Following my inner purpose, my dreams and my passion. I am super proud of myself, because I know I am also really good at what I do (or so I’m told). My message today, is if you are going through a difficult time, allow yourself to go through the emotions. If you feel angry, it’s ok! If you feel sad, it’s ok! If you feel depressed and unmotivated, it’s ok! Take the time to do the work on yourself. BUT when you are done, you put your crown back on princess and you rise!
If you need to feel beautiful again, I can help you. I know I can! Come try me?
Have a beautiful day, Keep smiling!
PS. How gorgeous are these images? I needed a reminder today of how I started over and reinvented myself 😉