My social media feeds were filled with grief this past week as high profile individuals took their own lives. I was rocked, myself, as I learned that another childhood friend had passed in the same manner…
Is there an epidemic? I don’t know if that is the case or if it is simply a symptom of the way we are now “connected” that we are able to see more of the tragedy. All I know is that my heart breaks for those who felt that they had run out of other options…
The truth is that I would be hard pressed to name a person that I know who has NOT felt the cold, seductive darkness of depression to some degree, at some point in their lives. We are in this together. None of us are alone in our fear, doubt, shame and vulnerability.
Going through life, listening to friends and myself I constantly heard:
“I’m not smart enough…”
“I’m not fast enough…”
I’m not strong enough…”
“I’m not capable enough…”
“I’m not brave enough…”
“I’m not GOOD enough…”
“I’m not educated enough…”
“I’m not talented enough…”
“I’m not experienced enough…”
“I’m not young enough…”
“I’m not thin enough…”
“I’m not pretty enough…”
As a photographer, I hear the words over and over and over and over, with an added edge of desperation as the camera draws near. What it boils down to is:
I’M NOT WORTHY
I’M NOT ENOUGH
It shocks me. Not because I have never felt those things, on the contrary – I have felt them ALL. It shocks me because I have never met anyone who wasn’t worthy, capable, and “enough” to have anything that they ever dreamed of. We are BORN enough. Your worth is inherent. It is a permanent, essential, character attribute. It doesn’t have to be proven. It needn’t be doubted.
I want to start a movement.
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
I don’t care how whether you’re male, female or anything else. I don’t care how old or young you are. I don’t care how much you weigh. I don’t care how much you have either failed or succeeded in your life (by whos measure, anyway?). I don’t care how many crappy relationships you’ve had. I don’t care what colour your skin is nor the condition that it’s in. I don’t care how much money you make, the job that you have or the state of your home.
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Right now. In this moment. Without changing a thing.
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
You are worthy of the life that you want. You are worthy of chasing your dreams. You are worthy of the financial situation that you desire. You are worthy of the job that would make you happy. You are worthy of relationships that would bring you growth and joy.
You are worthy of your own love.
I will scream these words from the rooftops for the rest of my life. I will say it to everyone that I meet. I believe this with every fibre of my being. I am sure of very little in life, but this I know to be true:
I AM ENOUGH.
Say over and over and over to yourself. When you hear loved ones saying that they’re not enough, don’t commiserate with them, state the opposite. Let your coworkers hear you, let your loved ones hear you.
Let your children hear you.
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
I AM ENOUGH.
From the first conversation on the phone that I had with Amanda, I knew I adored her.
She moves through the world with a strength and steadfastness that makes it unsurprising that she be one of the lucky few that knew what she wanted to do with her life from a very young age. The fact that her calling is to help others on a deep level is even less surprising given her generous, open, and kind nature.
Her photo shoot was full of meaningful details. A ring and a dress both belonging to her grandmother, necklaces with her maiden name and married name on them, a beautifully worn basketball as she and her coached in university to gather and continue to play weekly. My studio sparkled with her light and beauty for the day and I was privileged to document it.
Amanda, may you and Steve enjoy your portraits for many, many years to come…
You are my sister.
I lucked out when I got you as a sister. You are everything to me. I wish I could see your shining face each and every day and it fills my heart with joy when my son lights up and announces “Ann-ee” when he sees a picture of you. We’ve been through everything together, supported each other, fought with each other, and reconnected again and again and again… Because of you I know what forgiveness is. Because of you I know myself better. Because of you the world is brighter every day.
To know you is to love you. To love you is to know true generosity and joy. How can I describe the level of inspiration and support that you have been for me in my life? All that I have learned from you? I went looking for images of you and us through the years and, the truth is, they barely exist. Certainly not in a way that encapsulates everything that I know is within you…
It was nothing short of a privilege to photograph you when you came to visit. To be able to show you what I see in you. You contain within you a myriad of women, each shining with her own strength and wisdom. Although I knew that already, to see them in a single day took my breath away.
I will treasure these portraits for as long as I live…
As a teenager, I was trapped in a box. An invisible, intangible container.
The people around me had mentally categorized who I was and what I was all about and although over time it stopped being true but I couldn’t break out of the preconception. It was frustrating because I just wanted to be SEEN. I just wanted who I was inside to come bursting out of me in all its shining glory and be acknowledged. It wasn’t my loved ones’ fault. We can’t constantly be taking in new data so we define and stop examining the things and people closest to us. Life is simpler that way.
I wished to have an experience wherein someone saw ME. An opportunity to have someone hold up a mirror for me to confirm what I wanted to see in myself. To look myself in the eyes with love and KNOW that everything I wished that I could be already existed, inside. I wished to open a door and greet myself.
To feel beautiful.
To feel confident.
To transform into the woman I knew I wanted and could be.
This is the Folio Box. You can literally open the box and lift yourself out. It contains YOU in all of your sparkling facets and complexities.
Who are you, inside? Who do wish you could be?
You already are everything. Let’s celebrate that, together.
Hannah’s Folio Box
“She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much to far, and of thoughts that wader off the edge of the world.”
~ Joanne Harris
Sweet, Down-to-Earth, empthetic and open-hearted, with a frankness that makes her instantly seem like a best friend, I was overjoyed to have Sydnie join me in my studio for a day of pampering, discovery and beauty.
She took to it like a fish to water. It was magical to watch her inner light blossom before me as she followed my direction. Haltingly at first, but with more and more confidence as we went on. After all, spending a day that is focused on YOU can be uncomfortable at first. I was privileged to have a front row seat to being able to observe, first hand, the glow of true joy come bursting out from within…
Girly, whimsical, and ethereal were the themes for the session although we couldn’t help but do a few kick-ass shots of this powerful woman too 😉
After her photo shoot and receiving her portraits, Sydnie graciously shared her side of the whole experience.
I LOooOooved photographing Zosia.
She is a big-hearted, kind, generous soul who will always see the best in a person. Her sweet and glorious disposition is matched only by her outward beauty. Oh, and she has brains too – did you know that this amazing woman is going to be a medical doctor?
I am filled with awe and gratitude to see this woman. It is incredible to have someone in front of my camera and watch them blossom, light up, and show me something I’ve never seen before…
It was an honour to document her in this moment in time.
Behind the Scenes
A little peek inside Zosia’s photo shoot!
AND, she was lovely enough to share a little bit about the experience from HER side of the camera as well as her response to receiving her portraits <3
Kathleen is an extraordinary woman. And proof to me that 50, truly, is the new 30.
The more that I got to know her, the more I loved her. It was wonderful to watch her transform through the photo shoot. She is a woman with incredible internal insight. She is able to look back on her life with gratitude. She looks forward to the future with joy. And, most importantly, she looks within herself with great love. It was a joy and an honour to photograph her. To document her life. To capture this moment in time for her.
Here is a behind-the-scenes peek at her photo shoot!
Is there such a thing as an “everyday woman”? I don’t think so. The more you get to know anyone, the more extraordinary they become. Women are no one thing and cannot be pigeonholed. Throughout the day, so many hats are worn, so many skills drawn from, so many needs met.
Amie is glorious. A wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, professional. A woman who truly does it all. It was a privilege to photograph her.
Welcome! I’d love to introduce myself to you.
I am Morgan. The woman behind the camera, and the love behind this business. I started taking photographs of my girlfriends 4 years ago and it was absolutely magical to me they way that the girls would light up when they saw their images. For the first time, looking upon themselves with love.
It was at that moment that the idea for a portrait business was born. I am on a mission to create the most beautiful photograph of you that you have ever seen of yourself. An image that will cause you to fall in love with yourself. To move forward in life with confidence and conviction
You are worthy. You are beautiful. You are enough.
I invite you to a portrait session with me. Come, be pampered, seen, and photographed beautifully.