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Beauty, Inside and Out

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is working on making her dream a reality.

About this photo: “This is from my “Open Up My Eyes” shoot with beautiful Alma. We discussed bullying while shooting. She knows it from her own experience, as I do from mine, that people can be very very mean. But her strength amazes me. She is just such a kind and beautiful person, inside and outside.

Find more from Teija at her blog.

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13 comments on “Beauty, Inside and Out

  1. spencersamalvin
    January 2, 2014

    I love your story & your photo(s) . . .

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  2. marcus dilano
    January 2, 2014

    Beautiful image!

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  3. spartacus2030
    January 2, 2014

    Oh what a gorgeous Deva! No wonder the voices of sirens drove men’s ships into rocks! And her courage! That was an incredible testimony, and one strong woman!

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  4. compostingwords
    January 2, 2014

    A beautifully composed photo. I hope your photography continues to add joy to your life.

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    • moodphototeija
      January 3, 2014

      thank you and it really does add joy to my life, and my partners too ❤ He is my biggest supporter and occacional test model 😀

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  5. Paula McLane Jennings
    January 3, 2014

    stunning photo. and my son has experienced bullying too. so wrong.

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    • moodphototeija
      January 3, 2014

      thank you Paula ❤ Bullying is so wrong… it can leave terrible scars for life. And that can begin in school, in very young age. Most of my own experiences are in adult age, but it is hard in every age, but mostly for children and teen agers!

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  6. rickywuflamingstar
    January 6, 2014

    This is good

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  7. lukebunker
    January 15, 2014

    Beautiful post. Thank you. 🙂

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