Stories Behind the Snap: Danielle

*Stories Behind the Snap is a look into my journey as a visual storyteller - bringing you the behind-the-scenes story of my photo and video shoots. There's always more to the story. 

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No Grit, No Pearl

She sat there broken, near tears, telling a group of women she’d never met about the heartbreak that left her feeling crippled, defeated. It wasn’t something she had ever done before. Sharing her soul to strangers. She didn’t know it at the time, but it was the first step in her journey to a new life.

When she walked into my studio a year after the meetup, her physical body was the only thing left of her former self. There was something new and fresh about the way she carried herself – with her head held high and a smile on her face. It was like a whole new woman arrived, ready to capture her newfound confidence on camera. 

It wasn’t a paid shoot. It was more or less a fun and careless girls day, complete with makeup and champagne. But to her, it signified much more. It meant that the past was in the past. That she was no longer broken or shattered. She was a phoenix that rose from the ashes of heartache and came out fucking blazing. And it showed in the images we captured. I didn’t need to do much coaching or directing. Soon she was telling ME how she wanted to pose.

As a photographer I never set out to be a therapist, healer, or guide, but sometimes it just happens. And I’m eternally grateful to have that opportunity.

Meet Danielle – a fighter that will move mountains with her bright eyes and even brighter smile.