Portraits

She can do hard things..Rachel. by photos bycorona

I was so honor to received a call from my friend Rachel asking me to photograph some portraits of her.  And since then, I have been thinking a lot about believing, and what it means to believe in something stronger & greater than us,  and all I can say is: I hope one day to have at least 1/10 of Rachel's tender and open heart.

She is amazing, she is beautiful and she can do very, very hard things.

She has an Etsy Shop of the cutest things she is doing with her sister Lauren, Check it out! @shopbramble you won't regret buying from real local people instead of big corporations. 

I love you so much Rach. You are big.

Read more about Rachel | www.prayersforrachel.com

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Portraits: Felipe Zurita by photos bycorona

This boy.

I have been trying to find words to describe him. After some thinking I have to say he is a faithful local supporter, Salt Lake City lover,  an incredibly loyal man to his beliefs and ideals, and the most wonderful friend around with great taste in food.

Meet Felipe Zurita.

Love, 

m.

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Thank you so much to Publik Coffee Roasters for the beautiful space.

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We are equal; we are all beautiful: Part 2 by photos bycorona

Slow down, take time, allow yourself to be wildly diverted from your plan. People are the soul of the place; don’t forget to meet them and enjoy their company as you explore a place.
— David duChemin, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

One of the things I love about being a photographer is meeting strangers and taking portraits. When I lived in New York I met Henry, one of the beautiful strangers I talked to while exploring the city - and like I always say: no better way to explore a city than by going all over to meet strangers and photographing portraits, in this case 500 portraits, right?. 

Long talks with strangers might be better than you think.

Love,

m.

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An Ode To A Grieving Heart by photos bycorona

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light..

When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears,
But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you’ve given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
That it is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away for life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All my love around you soft and clear
And then, when you come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and a “Welcome Home”.
— Unknown

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the moments that have shaped my life, about the process of grieving and the unconditional love you feel at hardship from friends that become family.  I have to say, I have never felt so much heartache and confusion in my life. Its like you are running through a very dark tunnel and even though its dark, you feel so much light, so much hope, so much love, so much humbleness that helps you to keep pushing through the pain. 

This past year, was an incredible year full of shaping experiences. Every single emotion I felt was so unpredictable, the whole process of grieving it's so unpredictable and so human, I guess. It feels okay to shed tears, a lot of them, drop by drop. It feels okay to take the long way and a long time to go through it, step by step, little by little to find that peaceful mind and heart again, hopefully.  I have read a couple books to understand, to digest and to feel serenity and I think after all these months all I can say is, there is something incredibly beautiful and incredibly sweet in darkness.

There is something so magical about creating when your heart is grieving, it's so releasing, so pure, and so healing. I am eternally thankful for being able to express everything that my mind thinks through my work and even more thankful to have people who push me and support me to keep doing what I love. 

Every single day I think about her, every single day, but I know her love and my love for her makes the darkness cozy, comforting, a positive and life changing stage of my life where I embrace this incredible experience of life. I embrace my amazing friends and family and keep trying to nurture my relationships with them and always make my best to make them feel love, infinite and pure love.

Many places I have been
Many sorrows I have seen
But I don't regret
Nor will I forget
All who took the road with me 

Please, be forever near me, always and forever...

I miss you Shei, I will miss you forever.

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Meet the beautiful Carli Jacobs.

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A Story In Black And White. Fernanda's Portraits. by photos bycorona


After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. 

After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. 
And you learn that you really can endure you really are strong you really do have worth 
and you learn and you learn with every goodbye, you learn...

Veronica A. Shoffstall


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