This photo series focuses on the beauty of the scars that make us uniquely us, through the narrative of scoliosis.
Courtney, a mother in Minnesota saw a photo series on my scoliosis journey and contacted me about her daughter, Mary who recently underwent the same surgery. Together, her mother and I planned a surprise trip to Seattle from Minnesota, a portrait session, and a gallery reception on Wednesday, July 24 with the portraits taken earlier that day. It was therapeutic for me to plan and execute this shoot. As I tried everything in my power to help Mary feel beautiful and empowered, it felt like a second chance for me to rewrite my teenage years. I spent my adolescence feeling ashamed and trying to hide inside my turtle shell of a back brace. This experience taught me to find strength from my scars.
Just a reminder to:
Let your pain give you purpose.
Let your wounds give you wisdom.
Let your fear give you freedom.
Let your scars give you strength.