This was my very first “photo shoot” experience ever, aside from the occasional selfies, I had never had a real picture of myself! This day was so so fun, Joaquin is such a sweet soul and when we met it was like we had known each other for a long time, we had that much fun!
At this point in my life, I had just gotten over THE worst insecurity I had ever had, something that made me hide my face, something that kept me from taking pictures and feeling comfortable in my own skin. It was so strange breaking that habit that day that had formed over years of not smiling and shying away from any camera that came close. A month prior to this shoot I had completed Accutane, for anyone that doesn’t know what that is it’s an extremely powerful medicine that clears up acne and helps heal the scars. I suffered with horrible skin for about 4 years and as minor as it seems it really, really damaged my self-esteem.
I really believe taking these photos with Joaquin helped me see what other people see and honestly, made me realize I’m not that girl with bad skin anymore. It helped clear that image of myself that I had burned in my brain for so long…It made me feel beautiful again.
– Thank you Joaquin, this was a start to a great friendship!