“My dear friend Sabrina is also a very talented photographer. She knows how to bring the best out in her clients, me included. I’ve been a part of a photo shoot before, but I’ve never had my picture taken like Sabrina did yesterday. Sabrina has literally been begging me for months to let her take my pictures. She kept saying “trust me!” but I could never take the plunge. My insecurity mixed with how I constantly compare myself to other women made me cringe at even the thought of being one of Sabrina’s models. I mean hello-have you seen the photos of Brittany and Kelly, two of my beloved friends, on Sabrina’s blog? They are absolutely beautiful! But then in the echos of my heart I heard God whisper, You.are.beautiful. Those three words paired with Sabrina’s encouragement made yesterday such a life-changing experience. I know that sounds a little hokey, but it is so true. Sabrina’s encouraging words through out the shoot allowed me to let go of the fear of people “seeing” me. This disease of insecurity has stolen so many friendships because I’m afraid of people seeing me. Of seeing what I’ve done to myself. But with every click of the camera, those fears one by one shed away. I’m in tears writing this because for the first time in years I feel lovely. I feel beautiful. I feel confident. Not because I’ve lost the weight that I need to, but because my heart is cleansed of the muck called insecurity. To Sabrina, all my heart can humbly utter is thank you.”
Wow!! I am so proud of Arielle and so thankful that a photoshoot can reach someone’s heart like that!! This was taken from a blog post she wrote and I am in tears knowing that she felt beautiful. That is what I want! I wanted to share this with you to challenge you women and even men to step out of your comfort zone and to let go of your insecurities. You are beautiful and God has made you exactly the way you are! Arielle’s confidence shined through her photos yesterday and she seriously looks radiant!
And here is us!!!! Love this picture!!