You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful

Every day is so wonderful
Then suddenly it’s hard to breathe.
Now and then I get insecure
From all the pain, I’m so ashamed.

I am beautiful no matter what they say.
Words can’t bring me down.
I am beautiful in every single way.
Yes, words can’t bring me down… Oh no.
So don’t you bring me down today.

To all your friends you’re delirious,
So consumed in all your doom.
Trying hard to fill the emptiness.
The pieces gone, left the puzzle undone.
is that the way it is?

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For the wonderful event hosted by +paula contreras which can be found here:

#lyricallyinspired  with +Jason Jakober +Amanda Recker and +Tara Romasanta

#loveyourself   #beautiful   #youarebeautiful   #love  #clavicle   #bwphotography   #loveyourbody

What Are You Passionate About?

What Are You Passionate About?

“Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.” – Diane Sawyer

So, as the years go by, the months roll past, the days march on and the minutes continue to tick forward, there is something that is becoming abundantly clear to me: I have a passion for portraiture and photography and the arts, but even beyond that, I love finding the beauty in people and then drawing it out with retouching and processing.

Sometimes, I use scrapped images like this and just sit down and rework them because I have a need and a passion to fix it, clean it up, or polish off any distracting flaws to uncover the person I find through conversation, interaction, self-reflection, and the overall photo shoot experience.

Just like people, they are all unique.  A sparkle in one person’s eyes may be what is needed to make them shine, for someone else, it may be how the light contours and caresses their cheek.  You never know until you start to work and begin the process.

Sometimes, I am influenced by a story, or other times by music that may be playing – it all depends and it always changes.  The one major constant is that I love to do it.

I love to to learn about it, talk about it, share it, educate people about it, and just do it.  Even when I work on images of myself, I see where I have beauty and I remove the distractions.  I don’t change who I am, I just uncover it in anew introspective way each time.

So, as you may now understand, I am passionate about what it is that I do…

What are you passionate about?



Waiting On The World To Change

Waiting On The World To Change

Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change




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Feel free to browse the wonderful self portraits in the NO THEME event this session:

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A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

I can be glamorous, fashion conscious, and fierce, but behind all that is just an ordinary, quirky girl that loves her family, friends, and feels the weight of the world.

This is a fairly candid self-portrait for the February Art of Self Portraiture of me being me and doing what the normal folk do – painting my nails in a room full of artifacts and memorabilia from the moments in life worth living!


Enjoy! ♥

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A Wish And A Tear For Those Departed

 A Wish And A Tear For Those Departed
A cloud was cast in grays and coals;
I though there would be more time.
The courage you showed in living through;
that spark will be immortalized in the tapestry of time.

I wished that you hadn’t gone so sudden,
I wished you hadn’t been in pain,
I wished you had more years left to shine, and
Ultimately, I wished for you to find peace from it all.

When you took your last breath, when you dispersed your energy
to the vastness of all creation;
I shed tears – ones of sadness, of mourning, loss, and goodbyes.

There is a need, a desire, to have more time,
but there is also a sense of happiness knowing your light is enveloping us all.
When cast in skin, you could only go so far, but now you are ever-reaching and unending.

There is a joy that can be felt in this.

To you, I wish you peace and light – to me, I wish to carry you with me always.
I shed a tear for you and for myself, but not all will drop in melancholy.

In remembrance of those who have come into my life and passed before I was ready, I share this image and words.