When we think of Valentine’s Day, what often comes to mind is the idea of loving others: showing others how much they mean to us and how much we care for them. At the very core of who we are, loving others is a crucial part of being human. And yet, in order to love others well, we must first love ourselves. The two are intrinsically connected; which is something we don’t often realize.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to highlight this key point: we must love ourselves. We must believe that we are worthy; that we are uniquely formed; that we are unmatched. I wanted to explore this in the physical sense. We focus so much on the love of others that we receive, but do we receive this love ourselves?
I wanted to explore this concept by photographing 8 women ranging in ages from mid-twenties to sixties and find out what they love about themselves. Turns out the most commonly-loved features are eyes and lips — two keys to communicating our love to others.
Diana – Collarbone & Nose
Alexx – Eyebrows
Shante – Eyes & Lips
Claire – Eyes
JoAnn – Smile
Liz – Eyes & Lips
Lariba – Cheekbones
Kara – Ears & Jawline
What I loved most? Hearing each of these women’s stories and seeing their faces light up upon seeing and knowing that their beauty is uniquely special. We are more than our physical beauty, yes, but let’s appreciate who we are both inside and out.