The first words that Valerie uttered when discussing how she wanted to feel during her boudoir session were of self-love. She had spent most of her teen and adult life in a state of never feeling like “enough”, or hiding her struggle with alopecia. Valerie wanted her portraits to be her moment of “F*ck it, this is who I am”. And that she did.
We not only embraced exactly who she is — we celebrated the hell out of it. We danced, we laughed until our abs were sore, and we captured the magic that is Valerie. She is warmth, kindness, and an immeasurable amount of strength. It was truly an honor to photograph her.
Cheers, you magnificent human, the world is lucky to have you in it.