Kelly, thank you for trusting me to photograph your true self. It was such an honour and I had a lovely day getting to know you and your partner. You both have such beautiful, cheeky, fun energy and it was refreshing to be around. Shine bright and continue being you.
What made you want to take part in the Love Me True Campaign?
Initially because I wanted to say that ALL Women are Women. I’m transgender and for the first forty-two years of my life I lived a lie. I’ve always known I’m a Woman, Society in the seventies and eighties thought different. Circumstances led to it being over four decades before I was able to start the process that finished, with this photo shoot.
I realised that after it was done I hadn’t done it for anyone but myself. To see me as only someone else can. I think that we all hold ourselves to extremely high standards and are our own worst enemies when finding ‘flaws’ that only we can see.
What advice would you offer to other women who are considering taking part in the campaign?
I thoroughly recommend it. The process is fun, you learn a lot about makeup, and it’s a way to see yourself through a different lens so to speak.
What does it mean to love yourself?
To love yourself is wake up and say, “I like being me.” To look in the mirror and like what you see reflected. It is to accept that you are the sum of your experiences and that mistakes are something everyone makes. These mistakes are often important lessons that we needed to learn and well – no one can tell you unless you do it yourself!
How did you feel during the experience?
It was fun! To play with clothes, just be me. I felt accepted and supported through the experience. I took my partner and we had some fun with photos together.
How did this experience impact you? Have you noticed any changes in yourself, be it your self-confidence or anything else since your session?
For me it completed a journey I started four years ago. I wrote something after I’d like to include here;
Today I had a professional makeup job done and we did a photo shoot.
The photos showed me someone I've always hoped to meet. Me.
Not the me I showed the world. Not the me who tried to fit into a box. Just, me. The person who decided to hide HER self decades ago because it was too hard.
Well today I saw real proof that despite thinking it was impossible, with a lot of help along the way I did it. I can't look in the mirror and see him because he is gone.
I don't know if I'm crying because I'm happy or I'm sad, but I know that from this day I am me, I am free, and I love living in my body.
What was the best part of the experience?
Sharing it with my partner.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you so much it helped me complete a journey that has saved my life.
Last question, would you do it again?