It's Always Darkest Before Dawn
"Recently, I did a photo shoot that captured a time when I was at my absolute lowest, darkest, and what I thought was hopeless place that I felt in my life. This photo shoot, taken by the talented Sarah Sovereign Photography is one of transition, overcoming, and change. Years ago, I drew a portrait of myself covered in all the negatives words I've ever been called, words that I felt once labelled me; that I thought were words that defined me and who I was as a person. Those words came from people, trauma, and from my own worst critic: myself. Through the journey of overcoming and self exploration, I stumbled across my strength, my light, who I really was, and have learned to start to embrace the person I am and who I want to become. I have so many to thank for all the support and help I received though the difficult time I faced. My hope is to inspire, empower, and help anyone who is or has ever felt this way. No one has the right to define or overpower you, your past does not define, you the present does. You have the power to say that this is not how my story will end or be written.
Thank you so much Sarah for taking these photos and Aimee for assisting and being so brave and vulnerable with me! You are both incredible and strong women! Thank you for helping me tell my story. I could not have asked for anyone else through this therapeutic photo shoot." - Ashley Lord
A quick note: sessions like these can be incredibly raw, and difficult to do, and I would encourage anyone looking to explore stories of trauma, or triggering themes, to do so in conjunction with mental health resources. Work with someone you trust, and in a space you feel safe, and I would highly recommend discussing with your counsellor, therapist, or other mental health professional, at length beforehand. Take care of you, and please place your safety and care first.