The Space Between Beauty & Strength

"She has been
through hell,
so believe me
when I say,
fear her when
she looks into a fire
and smiles."
E. Corona

The stars aligned last October and a trip to Click and Co.'s yearly photography conference, Click Away, led me to meeting a woman whose artistic work I had long admired, and whose friendship I had grown to cherish. From the onset, we carried on as if we had known one another for years. Her spirit was magnetic and she exuded a poised strength that radiated within and surrounded her.

Click Away 2016 took place last week in the poetically rainy city of Seattle, and despite several obstacles in the way of both of our trips, we were able to make it to this year's conference. This time however, something was different, Holly shed any barriers she may have had and the strength within her was almost tangible.  

The above quote was selected by Holly, and it is so fitting in each carefully composed word placed eloquently within each hanging line. Holly is a mother, an artist, a creative, a warrior, a fighter, a survivor, and luckily for me, one of my dearest friends. On the last day of the Click Away conference, Holly gracefully allowed our small group of friends to photograph her. My only wish with the imagery created was that she would see herself in the beautiful light we did.

For our sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, wives, friends, and colleagues who fight with the strength of a woman, this heart song is for you.