Cheryl suffered burns and scarring to her arm neck and chest. As a teenager she was called a mutant by an 8 year old child. However, she has grown in to a vibrant, confident woman who does embraces who she is. Her scars most definitely do not define her. See Cheryl's gallery of images here.
In todays world. We are slowly becoming desensitised to violence, graphic horror movies, online trolling. The list goes on. Yet we continually struggle with the appearances of our fellow human beings. Constantly told how we should look, what to wear, how to speak etc. Maybe, at some point we will be more accepting of each others differences. Until that time arrives, next time you see someone with no hair, scars, missing limbs etc. Don't look away embarrassed or afraid. Smile warmly. It's a start!
Building confidence, creating smiles.
Cheryl you were amazeballs!
Many thanks to Leanne Ji for donating her time and resources for the makeup. This is a 100% free service. All I want is other photographers, makeup artists children's entertainers to get in touch and volunteer some of their time and resources once in a while. xx
My experience during my This is Me photo shoot was amazing! Connie instantly made me feel at ease, she was clear with her instructions and direction but at the same time not pushy at all. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her to do, I was well looked after with fantastically made lattes and a very relaxed atmosphere! No judgements were made, it felt like I was with friends getting ready for a night out and having a few fun photos along the way beforehand! I would recommend Connie to anyone who is looking for a photographer for any occasion!
A little background information about me and my scar is that when I was 18 months old I had an unfortunate accident where I somehow spilt a boiling hot cup of tea all over me whilst I was playing. For reasons I do not know, my birth mother did not call an ambulance but removed my wet clothes and put me to bed, hence I now have scarring on my chest and shoulder.