The first time I met Kierra was my freshman year of college in a Zumba class, well technically I didn't meet her in class since she was the instructor, but I remember thinking omg this girl is so joyful and energetic- I really want to be her friend!
Then a few months later I just so happened to join the sorority she was in and being friends became more of a possibility! Her persona would light up any room and I never saw her without a smile on her face. She is the definition of the life of the party!
Then she started getting really sick. She couldn't dance anymore and her body started needing more help. She had to use a feeding tube to eat and a walker just to get around. And the doctors couldn't figure out what was happening...
Until a few months ago!! They finally figured out why her body was attacking itself and came out with the perfect solution of infusions that would work with her body, not against it- which meant no more liquid diet!
So when she first reached out to me about doing her makeup and finding a photographer for a "celebration shoot in honor of (her) newfound health" I was all weepy with excitement!
Kierra, Jamie (jamiedunnphotography) and I all met up to plan the shoot and the second I sat down I knew it would be special. Jamie helped come up with some super fun paint ideas that you'll see below and it was set!
During the shoot Kierra wanted to capture all the items she no longer had to use and how freeing that was! I rolled around her walker and let me tell you, that was hard work! I now have a new appreciation and respect for anyone who has to use one!
The colors painted on the walls at the Neon District in downtown Norfolk were the perfect backdrop for such a lively session! I think this shoot was spot on and I was so thankful to be a part of it!
Kierra you inspire us all, now go and rock the adult world like I know you will!
Something To Live By:
Let's encourage one another, find beauty, get inspired, and live loved!