For any artist, it can be exciting to embark on a new endeavor, to see what will result when you take the imagination you have in your mind and then apply it to the blank canvas in front of you.
As part of the "Fabulous Series" I am getting to meet some incredibly beautiful and interesting women who are allowing me to photograph them, tell a little bit of their story, and contribute to changing the face of what beautiful is for women everywhere.
There's a confidence and depth that come with living life beyond 40, 50, 60 years and as I learn more about these women, even I'm seeing little pieces of how I hope to be when I have reached those years in my own life - expressive of what I want and don't want. Less afraid to speak. More understanding of perseverance. Less defined by the world's expectations. Abundantly grateful for life, friends, family. More appreciative of health.
I am so excited to share the latest Fabulous Series photo sessions, featuring an incredibly lovely woman named Lisa.
Lisa, thank you. For stepping out of your comfort zone to be a part of something that entails more than just a pretty picture. For being incredibly honest about your life. And most of all for being willing to share a little bit of your world with me and with others.
What do you think makes a woman truly beautiful?
"Confidence. If you believe you are beautiful, it radiates outwardly. Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way.
Thankfully, what society sees as beautiful isn't always so to everyone. That's why there are hundreds of shoes in different colors, shapes, heels, materials, textures, etc. Design would be limited if we all found the same thing beautiful."
"Beauty cannot be bought in a "lightening" cream or some surgery. Beauty is inside and radiates outwards. Be confident and let the world see it!"
What are a few things you wish you could tell yourself back when you were 18 years old?
"Just like there are different styles, foods, designs in nature, each person is just as unique. There are so many different things that people gravitate towards. That's what makes life so exciting! Just be yourself and never try to be like anyone else.
Your uniqueness is what makes you stand out."
What advice would you give to young girls about beauty, self-confidence, and growing up?
"Regardless of your size, you are beautiful. Don't diet. Exercise.
Find something you love doing. Eat healthy and everything in moderation.
Size is not an indication of health. TV and magazines can distort reality."
"Know what you want and stand up for it. Never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams. Accept compliments and be sure to give them in return. Accept failures - they are learning lessons. Spend less time online.
Enjoy the journey!"
What do you appreciate most about your life now?
"I am grateful for my friends and family.
I am grateful for the amazing experiences I have had living abroad. Living in a foreign country helps you re-think your own environment and gives life a new perspective. I wish more people did it."
"I'm grateful for my own sense of inquisitiveness. It's the spark behind some amazing adventures and evolving perspectives in my life."
Many thanks to the talented Tammy Do from A-List Makeup for Lisa's hair and makeup!