She is the sunshine in your life, she is the best friend you’ll ever have, she will support you and be there for you. She is hilariously funny. She is truly a gorgeous person inside and out, yet she hides away from the world. She feels insecure at times, and it erodes her self-confidence. If only she knew how the rest of the world sees her.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covering potentially all of the body. It gets worse with stress. It hurts. It sucks. But, that’s not a reason to stop living. She HAS Psoriasis but she IS NOT Psoriasis.
It took a bit of time, but I am honored that Sarah trusted me to photograph her and capture incredible portraits of her. She cried. Several times. She shed tears during the photoshoot and again afterward when she saw the images we captured together of her. Happy tears, she said. In her own words, she also wrote: “Allie is one of the most professional photogs I’ve met in my life. She makes you feel so confident and her work speaks for itself!”She never realized how a photoshoot could change her own perception of herself. This is how the rest of the world sees you, Sarah. You are beautiful. You are stunning. And this goes to all of you who feel different: Just because you look different, or your skin may have imperfections, you have different hair, vitiligo, …, none of it has anything to do with being beautiful. Beauty comes from within. And you are, beautiful. You deserve to live your life without judgment. You deserve to be happy and confident. Feel it. Know it. And let this knowledge carry you far.
Thank you Sarah so very much for trusting me. You are the most beautiful person I ever met and it is my great honor to share your portraits with others.