I first met Jackie in rec volleyball. I think it was during the 5th grade, but it was a long time ago and the details are a bit fuzzy. Fast forward a few years and she was the girl in my 8th grade gym class that i wanted to be. She had these bangs, that i envied, and still do. Jackie is so raw as a person. She has the ability to come completely undone and be vulnerable. It makes her so irresistible and the camera LOVED her for it.
Perhaps it's why during this shoot whenever i made a less than flattering comment about myself she'd stop me and make me say "i am beautiful." It was harder than i thought it would be to say, but it felt good.
With her standing in front of my lens, i learned a lot about myself. And that grade school-er (me!) that was always looking for acceptance from others, started to feel a bit more comfortable in her own shoes...
*bling from the ever fabulous shop strands.