Let me tell you about a strong and beautiful soul.
She wanted to tell her story of survival and strength. Of refusing to be defined by her past.
Not everyone sees their story, or feels their story is worthy of telling. But the photos can reveal more than the everyday. They show the extraordinary woman just below the surface instead.
"I saw in my photos the tangible emergence of a version of myself that I thought had been lost."
And these photos aren't just selfies meant to survive in phones, but something to keep for a lifetime. Amanda will look back at these one day and remember who she is and was. She will remember how much she overcame and didn't lose despite that. And her daughter will look at these and see just how strong her mama was.
"I will treasure these photos and this experience for the rest of my life. Crystal managed to capture me and see me in ways I could not see myself."
Thank you Amanda for trusting me to capture your true self. It's an honor when anyone entrusts me with capturing their essence.
Crystal McMonnies is a fine art, fashion, and editorial photographer based in Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR. She creates custom, styled sessions for clients, and is passionate about capturing love, and wild, emotional stories for women, couples, families, and badass boss babes.