30 Days of Gorgeous: Ashley

 Best photographer Chicago



What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty to me means acceptance and confidence in one’s self.


When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when I am being myself.


What does being a woman mean to you?

Being a woman means exuding grace, love, and strength.


What do you love about yourself?

I love my willpower, resilience, and strength to move forward.


Tell me your story.

I grew up in a small town that wasn’t big enough for my dreams. Growing up, I didn’t have a good relationship with my parents and didn’t know what love felt like. I moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 17 because I knew that I wanted more for my life. During my ten-year tenure there, I fought to love myself. I fought for my happiness. A spur of the moment decision led me to leave everything and everyone behind to move forward with my life for myself. That was when I knew that the love that I had been searching and fighting for was within myself.

I moved to Chicago knowing only one person, but as I look back it was probably for the best. Almost two years later, I have developed friendships that will likely last a lifetime because I am not seeking validation or love from anyone but myself. I’m genuinely happy with my life and in my life. I genuinely love myself, more than anyone on this earth could ever love me.



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What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?

When I learned that the love that I had been seeking was already within me.


Please finish the statement- I am a person who…

was made to love.


Tell me about a goal you are working on.

I am working on continuing to conquer all of my fears. I am working on receiving all that is good for me and releasing everyone and everything that does not support that.


Chicago Photographer near me

“One woman filled with self-love and self-acceptance is a model more super than any cover girl.”― Amy Leigh Mercree


Toma Houston Photography is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Specializing in children’s and portrait photography, serving the Greater Chicagoland area. You can view more of Toma Houston Photography’s portfolio here.











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