That title is me coming to terms with the fact that we all have it — both physical and inside where we generate light, not just reflect it.
Over a year ago, for my daughter Jasmine’s birthday, I purchased a coupon for two hours of professional photography. Getting a great deal from one of those deal-of-the-day sites here in Chicago, I hoped to pamper her with some special photos and get a couple of portraits of us together.
It took all this time for fate to smile on the very idea of scheduling such a date (some gnarly details got in our way) but finally all the cards were right and in early November we did it.
Those of us with issues about our appearance should at least get one chance to be photographed as if we’re beautiful and it’s absolutely understood that we should be seen. It helps immensely if the photographer is stellar. I still have my personal issues with the physical, so the photos you’ll see of me are few, but my buttons are bursting with all the personality and beauty my daughter exudes in these pictures.
The stellar photographer who captured our likenesses, and perhaps something of our souls, for posterity is Gretchen Kelley of Gretchen Kelley Portrait and Event Photography here in Chicago. My daughter and I felt very comfortable in her hands, and I felt more and more relaxed as the shoot went on. (Listen to me, calling it a ‘shoot’!) Even the sun cooperated, gushing in through the windows of my daughter’s apartment. Some of her very cool artwork can be seen in the backgrounds. With Jasmine’s very kind permission, here are some of our photos:
I love all the ones of Jasmine. Yeah, I know. My momness is showing…