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photos from the trip w/ biofamily -- portraits of mom







smile
(it took a LOT of coaxing to get her to let me photograph her sans makeup,
but I'm so glad I argued her into it because no-makeup photos are my favorite)


deep gaze
my mom has much pain, past and present... I'm really looking forward to the day when it's all past.
This photo is almost painful for me to look at because I can see all the suffering in her eyes.


but she's still hopeful ♥ (she's wearing earrings I made yay!)


contemplative


sasseh ladeh


glance askance


teasing


laughter! (I ADORE this one)

Before the last two photos, I told her to tell me a story, so she made up a random one
about monkeys in a jungle, and she was distracted enough from the fact that
there was a camera in front of her to let her real self shine through. :D
She used to make up stories for me all the time when I was a little kid ;-)


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acid_burns ══╣charlize theron / baby doll╠══
Simply beautiful. You know how eyes are the window to one's soul? In this case, it's really true.



Also, you should honestly consider taking up professional photographing. Just this "I told her to tell me a story, so she made up a random one
about monkeys in a jungle, and she was distracted enough from the fact that
there was a camera in front of her to let her real self shine through"
proves me you could really do wonderful things with your talent.



Thank you for the pictures.
belenen ══╣shimmering╠══
oh thank you so much, lovey ♥ You have no idea how much that means to me! ♥

I would love to do portraits for people, so incredibly much! There's something so amazingly intimate and honest about photographing people... I love it.
qulqij ══╣╠══
You have some serious talent there. You have captured her amazingly well. I look forward to all your photos (HUGGS)(KISSES)
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
thanks so much!
bluebl00d ══╣Theberge / Morning Rain╠══
Bel take a good look at your mom, okay?

Well, that's exactly how you're going to look at her age. Trust me you're the spitting image of your mother :)

Gorgeous ♥
belenen ══╣confused╠══
okay seriously. I've tried to find the resemblance and I just don't see it! Different eyes (hers are rounder, different color, and have a different eyelid fold), different noses (hers points down and mine points up), different forehead (hers is higher), different lips (hers have a central bump in the top lip that pokes down a little bit, mine are fuller, I have a deeper bow, her upper lip is fuller than lower and mine is the opposite), different teeth & gums (mine are irregular and have a gap, and my gums are more prominent), different jaw (hers is more square and mine is more oval), different chin (mine is shorter and less defined) different skin (obviously)...

the only thing I can see that's at all alike is the overall eye shape, and that's close but not the same.

don't get me wrong, I think she's gorgeous -- I just don't think we look alike.
dragonwine ══╣Alex: Surprised or offended? Who knows?╠══
For the millionth time I'm sure: You look just like your mom.

Both gorgeous ladies with a serene quality that literally pours from the screen. Thanks for sharing these personal pics with us. ♥
belenen ══╣confused╠══
please see comment to Vee *points up* ;-)

thank you for the lovely compliment ♥
reptarr ══╣╠══
hi there!
these portraits are beautiful. very nice work!
the lady looks so happy and radiant!
anyway, I see your community Curvygirls is no longer accepting new members.... I would love to become a part of it though.

Let me know how I can go about doing this? I need a place to realise I am normal, and some people agree that tiny is not necessarily the only option for womens figures these days! and I think i may have found the place and support I need in your community :) ........

Peace, Love and Happiness
-Beth
belenen ══╣curvygirl╠══
just click here: http://community.livejournal.com/curvygirls/782325.html and follow the instructions! ;-)
mourningdoveava ══╣╠══
Your mother looks like a woman with a phenomenally strong spirit to me for some reason. Maybe it's the eyes.

No-makeup photos are always wonderful because I think in a lot of ways they strip away our "securities" too, all the things we hide behind for others to see, and confront us with a more honest version of ourselves that sometimes surprises - and usually always startles - us. I don't think we realise we're capable of beauty without external aids, all by ourselves, because of who we are.
belenen ══╣honesty╠══
she does have a phenomenally strong spirit ♥

yes, exactly. Makeup is a great tool of self-expression but there is a whole different world of expression available to a naked face. It's like the difference between clothing and nudity. ♥
diepunyhuman ══╣╠══

I can see SO MUCH of you in your mother. It makes me smile. :)
belenen ══╣amused╠══
pfffft! *shakes head* I think we look nothing alike! Still, she's lovely, so I'll take it as a compliment. ;-)
frecklestars ══╣╠══
I think she looks loverly! Who needs makeup anyways. :P
belenen ══╣curvygirl -- me (cynosure)╠══
amen, yo!
melstrick ══╣╠══
pics...
i am loving the portraits you've done of your mom!!! they are very natural and beautiful...
belenen ══╣vivacious╠══
Re: pics...
thanks so much! :D
aliyna ══╣╠══
Oh she is totally the sweetness. She seems like an amazing and loving woman, and I love her freckles soooo much! So much beauty.

And you guys have the same smile! <3
belenen ══╣bel hearts lil sis╠══
:D I seriously need to get her to read this post! She has a very hard time seeing her own beauty.

We do! (she rarely smiles for real, but when she does, it's very alike!) I think that's where me & lil sis get our matching smiles. ;-)
kschap ══╣╠══
Love your mom's freckles! :)

You are such an amazing photographer. I always love seeing your pictures. ♥
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
me too! :D

awwwwwwwwwww, thank you so much! *beams*
kmiotutsie ══╣╠══
i LOVE the one where she's holding her hair up and the one immediately after it-- you are such a talented photographer, bel!! and your mommy is a lovely lady ;) i love the last one too because i think she looks the most like you when she smiles big!! ♥
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
thank you lovey! :D and thanks on behalf of her! and I totally agree -- it's the only thing we have that is alike :D
folkchick3 ══╣╠══
What beautiful, beautiful pictures! You obviously have a love affair with both sides of the camera - you truly have a talent!
belenen ══╣adoring╠══
Thank you soooo much! :D
delicatexflower ══╣love lyrics; "pain throws your heart..."╠══

awww, i can totally see the sadness and pain
in her eyes, too. it's so sad...but she is so
beautiful. i can totally see a lot of you in
her ...

belenen ══╣nuzzle╠══
*hugs* ♥
trenchmeister ══╣╠══
We can definitely see where you get your looks! She's gorgeous!
belenen ══╣blossoming╠══
thanks twice! ;-)
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