When Jan first contacted me she simply told me that she would like a good photo of herself. She told me how she had only had one photo of herself in her life that she liked. When we got together for her portrait session, I didn’t feel that I had truly captured the beauty that I was seeing and feeling when I was speaking to her. I called her after the first portrait session and told her that I wanted to photograph her again. The second time we found her beautiful.
What does beauty mean to you?
For me beauty is more about a way of thinking, feeling and seeing than something or someones physical appearance.
Its the sound of a happy child, the beauty of a sunset, or the smell after a storm. It’s also an internal thing that kind and caring people present in times of difficulty.
What makes you feel most beautiful?
Being around people who value me as a person.
Making the effort to dress up and put on some make up.
What do you love about yourself?
My adaptability, being able to be independent, my tenacious spirit.
Tell me your story
How much do you want to know.
Got married at 22, had babies, the marriage failed.
At 27 I had two little boys to grow into man hood. Didn’t really know what I was doing, but just took life as it come.
At 35 went back to school, did my VCE then got a couple of university degrees. Worked as a Social Worker for around 15 yrs. Now am a granny and heading towards retirement.
What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?
Realising that I was more capable than I thought and seeing my children through the eyes of others. It made me realise that all the tough stuff was worth it. They turned out ok.
What are you most grateful for?
Happy healthy children and grandchild.
Reasonably good health.
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
What is your most treasured memory?
Too many to say.
Most recently was the first time my grandson called me Nanny.
What advice would you give to yourself when you were a teenager?
Have faith in yourself and listen to your inner self, she will look after you.
What do you value most in a friendship?
Please finish the statement “I am a person who…” is caring and kind, but don’t mess with me or mine, then I’m not very nice.