I was physically attacked in my place of residence in January 2019. During that encounter, I experienced extreme feelings of weakness and worthlessness. I felt as if my independence and confidence was taken from me. My attacker was more than double my size and when pinned underneath them, I felt helpless. By the grace of God, I managed to get out and get away. From that moment on, I never wanted to feel helpless or weak because of someone else again. I would never let someone’s opinions or actions define me or steal strength and happiness. I put my faith in God to help me cope and find understanding. I decided to begin working out and lifting weights. Not only did this help me deal with my frustrations and make me physically stronger, but it helped me grow mentally stronger as well. I decided I wanted to have some photos taken to regain some of the power and confidence that was taken from me when I was attacked. I wanted to incorporate some workout shots into my photo session because it has had such a positive influence on helping me deal with being the victim of physical abuse.
2 Timothy 1:7- For God hath not given you the spirit of fear, but of POWER.
"Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” ― C.R. Strahan
Going into my session, I was nervous that I wasn’t going to like what I saw. My favorite part of the whole experience was the empowerment. Melissa helped me feel comfortable and showered me with compliments.
Now that I've completed the session, I feel more like myself again and now I have personal images to remind me of my worth whenever I need the encouragement.
I would recommend Melissa because of her professionalism and ability to connect with her clients. She makes sure you are completely comfortable and tries to personalize the session to your needs. She does a phenomenal job of helping you discover your strength. I also really liked that she does not over-edit the pictures. That way, when you look at the pictures, you can know they are a true representation of you and your natural beauty.