Beauty is most definitely in the eye of the beholder, a common saying but one I feel is poignant. As Joe Cocker gruffly sang, ‘You are so beautiful to me’, I think we can all agree that what one individual may find beautiful is not necessarily an opinion had by all. As a photographer and make-up artist I can see beauty and wonderment in sometimes the simplest of things, a sunset, a slight glisten on a pond or simply my pug and French bulldog snuggled up together in the last streak of light of the day. To capture innocent beauty and wonderment is an art and sometimes a quest, but when you get it right it can be a masterpiece. My love of photography was ignited by some natural shots of Marilyn Monroe I found at a mere 8 years old, it was not the iconic beauty shots I was captivated with but the natural images that captured Marilyn Monroe as a person not an actress. I felt a sense of sadness in her eyes that was so alluring, I wanted to shield her from harms way with her childlike innocence. As I delved into her life it became clear the beauty struggles and sadness that had not at the time been widely known or published, as who wants to really know the troubles of a Hollywood star in the 1950’s. Stripping away the pout and make-up she was always the orphan Norma Jeane Baker struggling like most to fit in. Beauty is what you want it to be! I find natural, un-posed shots stunning. Capture a model when they are laughing, crying (make sure they are ok), on the phone or simply just chilling out, this is when you will capture inner beauty. Todays culture of selfie shots and pouting is not as beautiful as capturing a moment of blissful innocence!