Written by Lauren

Sarah was such a beautiful soul and made the whole experience so comfortable. She had a warm and inviting presence and it was such a joy to share this experience with her.

Ever since I was young, the way I look has always been a big part of my life. I was born with moles on the right side of my face that would keep growing back. I had multiple surgeries when I was young. Eventually when I hit puberty they stopped growing. But the teasing I endured was pretty awful. I remember being 10 years old and a boy I didn't know walking up to me and said "you are the ugliest girl I have ever seen" .. I know kids are kids and will say anything and everything. But it stuck with me for such a long time. Although the moles are gone, I'm left with a pretty significant scar that people often wonder about. I barely notice it though these days and happily accept that's it's apart of who I am. Unfortunately though despite the scar alone, my super frizzy curly hair, wild freckles, and the fact I didn't grow into my body until I was about 18.. really didn't help my cause in my younger school years, and the bullying has stayed with me a lot longer than I care to admit.

For years and years I've struggled with such horrible self loathing and constantly not feeling good enough, desperately wishing I felt as though I mattered. This only contributed to the many other reasons that has ended up as a five year battle with depression, it's like a virus that affects every part of your life. Although I have bad days still, I always hold on for the good days. Because they always come and they are always treasured so much more when they do. I've realised self worth is intrinsic and infinite and that I'm just as deserving as any other human being for love and acceptance. But I need to look within myself to find it first, and that is the most important part of the journey.

I think this project is powerful in self love and acceptance. It may seem simple, but it's a lot deeper than that. It's a beautiful collaboration that consists of connecting with a wonderful human who makes you feel beautiful and encourages you all the way through. It's being in a beautiful setting among the purity of nature. It's being made to feel special, it's going out of your comfort zone to do something nice for yourself. All of these things are small joys all wrapped up to make one big joy - that makes you feel like you do matter, and that you can be confidently beautiful if you put your mind to it. I would recommend this project to anyone who needed it as it's such a positive and affirming experience!

This is what the Body Love Project is all about. Photographing authentic women, sharing their journey, and inspiring others. This project aims to celebrate women and their beauty. We are not a number on a scale, a dress size, and our beauty isn't even based on a reflection in the mirror. We are worth far more than this. We are even more powerful when we share the strengths of our bodies, and especially when we raise each other higher.

Thank you so much Lauren, for getting involved with the Body Love Project, and for sharing your incredible journey! 

If you would like to be apart of the Body Love Project, please read the project details, and you can even book a session with me - just head over to "Book Your Photoshoot" in my main menu.

Sarah x