“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” ~Hafiz

It’s funny. I have heard Sue Bryce mention this quote countless times since I started her course, 28 Days with Sue Bryce, which, p.s., is a phenomenal experience. When I first heard it, I thought it sounded really inspirational, but I never connected with it personally, until this very moment.

Over the past few days I have been reading a book (one of Sue’s suggested reads) called, “There’s nothing wrong with you,” by Cheri Huber. I’ve always known I was my own worst enemy, but until I started reading this book, I didn’t really realize how much I have been hurting myself. It’s funny. I’m 31 years old and have never actually loved, or even liked myself. Wow. That’s big to admit to the entire world wide web. But it’s true. Correction. It was true.

So why tell you about this? What’s the point? The point, my friend, is that I don’t want to see other young girls, or any woman for that matter, suffer through their entire life beating themselves up and/or not loving every inch of their being.

And what does this have to do with photography? Well, everything. When I take a picture of someone, I am capturing the awe of the beauty before me. A moment that was and always will be honest and beautiful. A single, defining moment to show each woman and girl “the astonishing light of [her] own being.”

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” ~Hafiz

We each have such wonderful, beautiful light living within us. I want to capture that light and illuminate it in a photograph that will shine forever.

As women, we don’t have to know everything, have everything, be everything. We, quite simply, just have to be.


  1. Nikki S

    I stumbled upon your site today and really connected with this post. I have been trying to address this very thing in my life and connected immediately with your post. Thank you for sharing to the world wide web.

    1. Jennifer Post author

      Thanks, Nikki! I am still trying to figure everything out myself, but working on just being myself and loving that! This year, I am working on only doing what I LOVE. I have a feeling that when I focus on that, the rest will just fall into place!

  2. Nikki S

    Thanks for the reply. It’s very encouraging to know that others go through similar things. I wish you all the best as you do what you love in 2014!


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