More personal work. Another idea stirring in my brain.

I was married once before, but never had photos like these to inspire me for that big day. I guess I’m hashing out all the “what ifs” that are stuck in my head…

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And of course, one of the two beautiful models

A big, huge thanks to everyone who was there and made this happen!

 

Models: Michelle and Karena

MUA: Martha Castro

Hair: Nichole Ray

Flowers: Irises Designs

Co-Art Director: Ricardo Delgado

Dresses: Alfred Angelo Bridal

The Really Important People: Erin Abolencia, Marisol and Jorge Trujillo, Hayde Raymond and the rest of the Irises Designs staff!

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Inspiration can hit me like a ton of bricks. And when it does, I’m glad I have a great support group to back me up.

This is my personal work. It took many hours of planning, organizing and communication.

Thanks to my friend Ricardo from Irises Designs for helping me birth one of the many ideas stirring in my head.

Model: Karena

MUA: Martha Castro

Hair: Nichole Ray

Flowers: Irises Designs

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Worth

April 9, 2014

About a week ago, I was asked to give a speech. A testimony. Usually, I’d be nervous, reciting the words over and over in my head, telling the butterflies in my stomach to stop fluttering so fast and worrying about possibly stumbling over my words.

Not this time.

I was in an abusive relationship for 13 years, and 9 of those years were spent married to him. I’ve used photography as my therapy along my journey, and this time, I was able to express my story vocally to a group of people ready and eager to learn more about domestic violence, and how real it is.

Telling my story isn’t an easy thing to do for me. What drove me to do so is the thought, the hope that if I can just reach one person and have that person understand and recognize what domestic violence is, what it does and how it affects everything around us then telling my story is worth it. I don’t want anyone to experience what I have, and if I can stop that from happening, I’ll tell my story again and again.

I want to thank God, Eagle’s Wings and the people who helped me (and continue to do so) in this journey. You know who you are.

 

(Bottom photo taken by Kris Lozano Photography)

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