So it’s Valentine’s Day. If you’ve been following along on my Instagram and Facebook accounts, I’ve been talking about how excited I am to be sharing my first series of 2020, “This Love.” After lots of research and planning, I knew that I wanted to create something with a deeper meaning than I usually go for. Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, I did a deep dive and chose to highlight love in 3 of it’s different forms- Eros, Philia, and Philautia.

This series has been so much fun to come up with, plan, and create, and I am so proud of how it turned out! Also, shout out to my models! You guys truly brought all 3 of my visions to my life and I couldn’t have done it without you!

PART 1 - DELICATE

The first part of this series, Delicate, celebrates a form of love called Eros. Eros is passionate, romantic love. When we think of love in the modern day, it’s likely the first thing that comes to mind. In a Greek myth, it’s a form of madness and infatuation that occurs when someone is struck by one of Cupid’s arrows. This causes them to “fall” in love, and let’s be honest.. it’s scary. Delicate, even.

PART 2 - FIFTEEN

Fifteen is all about my favorite form of love, Philia. It’s friendship! While it may be hard to find, I feel like it holds the most value. When I was thinking of a title for this one, I wanted to continue my theme of using Taylor Swift songs, and came across and oldie but a goodie, “fifteen.” It made me think back to when I was fifteen- a year full of trips to the mall, sleepovers just for the sake of gossip and chick flicks, and making friends that have stuck around for the last 9 years. I think this part was the most fun to shoot because I just got 3 best friends together, handed them some props and magazines and told them to pretend like they were “spilling the tea.”

PART 3 - GORGEOUS

The final part of this series represents a form of love that is super important to me. Through all the obstacles, 2019 was the year I found it- Philautia, a.k.a self-love. I truly believe that self-love is the secret to genuine happiness. You can’t experience a relationship where you feel completed if you aren’t whole on your own. And trust me, it’s definitely not an easy, overnight thing! It takes work and effort and the decision to stop comparing yourself to the unrealistic expectations that are set for us in the media. It’s Valentine’s Day! Have an extra piece of candy, a bigger slice of cake, and a second glass of wine. As the lovely lady pictured below says, “remember, the way you talk to yourself has a bigger effect than you think!”