I Hope You Stay You.

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I hope, at the end of the day, you’re you.

I hope that the fire in your soul fuels your bravery and the criticism of society burns in the flames.

I hope you love so freely that it scares people away and attracts the deepest friendships of your life.

I hope you spike your hot cocoa to stay warm and breathe in the crisp winter air because the contrast is sacred.

I hope you fall in love so bad it hurts and he only stays if he let’s you be exactly who you are.

I hope you always stay exactly who you are.

Never a dimmed light-

never a watered down version-

always, 100% you.

I hope you eat french fries and skip the salad once in a while.

I hope you call yourself beautiful.

I hope you look in the mirror and accept yourself for your own beauty ideal.

I hope you talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friend.

I hope you practice kindness and stay genuine.

I hope you aren’t afraid to feel sadness and learn how to carry it with you.

I hope that you inspire yourself to be brave and believe in yourself to be fearless.

I hope you know that you can do anything.

Whatever you want, just do it.

I hope that you care for others in a way that makes them love you to the ends of the earth and fight like hell for what you believe in.

I hope your beliefs are never shoved down the throats of others.

I hope you listen to the silence for all that it says.

I hope you listen just to listen and not to respond.

I hope that you are missed by the ones you love and miss those you adore.

I hope you remember to smile.

I hope you aren’t too hard on yourself.

I hope that someone finds that light of yours and let’s it shine as bright as ever before.

I hope no one tries to take away your spirit.

I hope you never let them.

I hope you never apologize for what isn’t in your control.

I hope that you share yourself if only so you feel more confident in who you are.

I hope you never change.

I will always hope, at the end of the day, that you are you.

Stay you.

Love,

Anna Marie ❤

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Photography in the Dark

I was asked by a friend to help her capture her emotional side through photography in order to use those pictures for a great project she is working on.

This project, named Warrior, is meant to bring awareness to domestic abuse and create a community for those who have been involved in abusive relationships or suffered consequences because of one.

This girl is always quite bubbly, so I wasn’t sure how we could bring out the emotion we needed to get these pictures to stand out against normal photography.

After we met up at around 9 p.m., we searched all over a few buildings on campus for the perfect lighting. We couldn’t find it. Instead, we walked outside into the misty rain and started shooting in what light we had. I shot on manual and was having a really hard time without a tripod.

Looking through my camera, I wasn’t seeing anything incredible until we moved in front of a huge mural that is lit up at night on our University campus. As I started taking pictures, I became super excited about the red glow and as I edited, it was just what the picture needed.

Enjoy yourselves in looking at the photography for the Warrior project.

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Comment below thoughts, suggestions, questions or anything really.

Until tomorrow,

Anna Marie