Sophia was introduced to my by her sister and fellow photographer Katie Fiorillo. While Sophia and Bianca were in the studio, I loved seeing how in love they were, how much they giggled and joked and how affectionate they were with each other. As they told me their story, I was so moved by what they had gone through and what being together really meant to them. It was a true pleasure and honour to capture their amazing relationship.
Sophia and Bianca
What does beauty mean to you?
being real, honest and raw
compassion and empathy
What makes you feel most beautiful?
being fit and healthy
What do you love about yourself?
I am resilient
I am strong
I can be impulsive and passionate
Tell me your story
I migrated to Australia at the age of 13. I finally found my feet when I went to university and became a nurse. I knew I was gay, but denied it to myself for years. I married and had 3 children, and when that relationship broke down four years ago, I decided it was time. Since coming out, I have finally found what it is like to be true to yourself and how that affects your happiness. I am in a relationship with a woman that accepts me unconditionally. I feel safe, loved and cared for. I am still nursing after 21 years, and care for people in their homes. This is a huge privilege and I am so grateful for my profession. I am also a pole dancer. I dance for fitness, fun and expression. Pole has given me so much confidence in myself and my body, and I am stronger than I have ever been.
What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?
When, after years of an unhappy marriage, I decided that I would end it and come out as gay. Many people were surprised (to say the least) but most were just waiting for the day. From that point, everything changed forever.
What are you most grateful for?
the good health of myself and my family
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
That I am continuing to grow as a person, that I have found the strength to be myself without caring about the judgement of others. That I am heading in the right direction.
What is your most treasured memory?
The night I saw Bianca walk through the door on our first date. My heart skipped a beat and my breath caught. I was already in love before we even said ‘hello’. I still smile to myself when I remember that night (well, weekend actually).
What advice would you give to yourself when you were a teenager?
Be the person you (really) want to be. Don’t listen to anyone (they are all wrong). You can do it. You are stronger than you realise. Follow your heart, not instructions. Nothing else matters but your happiness. You are going to be ok.
What do you value most in a friendship?
utterly raw honesty. Show me your real self and I’ll love you forever
Please finish the statement
“I am a person who…” has deep empathy.