It’s natural for some people to be completely outgoing without an ounce of shyness in their body.
For most, we have to pull it out of us…sometimes, with a heavy chain that seems like it goes on for miles.
Kijafa is the kind of person who’s energy and love are so strong you can feel it before she comes into a room. Not only does she have one of the brightest, warmest, and most welcoming energies that I know, she’s got a soul of strength.
She is sweet and delicate but she is also bold and strong. She is strong enough to make anyone feel welcome. She is strong enough to revolve her entire career around helping youth with their very heavy problems. She has the strength to be completely alone and thrive, just as much as she does while being social. But most importantly she is strong enough to be herself, and be proud of who she is.
For Kijafa’s photo session we decided to shoot in an abandoned warehouse. It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do and when she mentioned it, I was all in. As we pulled up, I have to admit, I got a little paranoid and nervous but with her around, that couldn’t last long. Once we made it inside, it couldn’t be more clear that this warehouse was the perfect place to embody the strength, resilience and beauty of this magnificent soul.
Here’s to another one of the many women I admire. Cheers to you Kijafa!