Happy Monday all! In the craziness that ensued last autumn, like often happens, blogging my sessions fell a bit by the wayside. This sweet girl's session just happened to be one of those sessions and I'm beyond thrilled to be sharing it today.
Corina was a gem to photograph. I love everything about this chic. She is her own person. Completely. I know every seventeen year old is special, but I think Corina has this quality about her that takes originality to another level. She takes any mold you might be hoping to put her in and tosses it out the window. She loves what she loves, is who she is, and does it all with a sort of quiet determination.
She’s not your average chic. Not even close. She's tougher, by far. (No offense to all the rest of us whose tails she could definitely kick.) She is strong, inside and out. The interesting part is that she's also incredibly observant. Maybe that's what makes her a fabulous artist. Her dad was bragging about the logo she's created for one of his businesses, as he should, and I was thoroughly impressed with the art that she made.
Something I came away with from the session is how brilliantly varied femininity can be. I love the version of femininity that Corina embodies. She makes me proud of how unique and awesome women are. I think sometimes femininity gets labeled as all things pink, frilly, and dainty-to-the-point-of-fragile. I love pink, but I really, really dislike that representation of women. Maybe that’s why I loved capturing Corina so much.
She wears her strength more boldly than most, and this takes courage, because it’s so much easier to blend with the wallflowers than to be who you are. That Corina lives this at seventeen has me thinking her future is bound to be bright. It takes some of us a lifetime to figure out how to be ourselves. Not this one.
Corina, it was such an honor to have you in front of my lens. I think you are a stunning human being.
H&MU: Tonya Gorby