Cristal: selfless, courageous, and brave. She is Beauty Revived.
Cristal is an 18 year old senior. Her story is one of over-coming dark fears, dealing with the inner turmoil of living through more than most adults do in the first 8 years her life, and having enough strength of spirit and heart to shine through it all.
Cristal was born to an unwed teenage mother, still a senior in high school herself when Cristal was born. In Cristal’s mother’s words, they “grew up” together. The first 4 years they lived in poverty, bouncing from house to house, town to town. Then Cristal’s mum met her first husband. It was during this time that their lives would change forever, as she was abused by him. Without her mum knowing what was going on, she had a baby with him, and over the next 3 years, Cristal became her sister’s protector. Other troubles that became known started to happen, and Cristal’s mum left him, but Cristal still kept the dark secret of the abuse locked deep inside. When finally freed from the abusive environment, Cristal was able to find her biological father, only to loose him to an 18 month battle of brain cancer. Cristal was only 8 when she had to say goodbye to a father she only just got to meet. After 10 years of dealing with her terrifying and heart-wrenchingly painful secret, Cristal finally found the strength and courage to come forth and share the secret of her stolen youth. Taking control, and deciding to take charge of her own life, she became bigger than her fear and sadness. To live selflessly, and with love, she is a survivor. Not letting her past define who she is, she let it help mold and grow her into the strong beautiful woman she is today.
Cristal’s senior session with VRP was such a beautiful and spirit boosting time. We went to Apricot Lane together a couple days before her session to be styled by the boutique who loaned us multiple outfits, styling her from head to toe. Then the day of her session, we started the day off with a hair styling from Allison at the Total Look, and then went to Skin Chic for makeup application, accenting her nearly flawless skin and making her gorgeous eyes just pop and sparkle.
“When I saw the first few pictures of Cristal, they brought tears to my eyes, they weren’t just pictures. They are a fresh start for Cristal, a new chapter of her life. Cristal is Beauty Revived.” ~ Cristal’s mum
As for me, I can’t thank Cristal enough for being a part of MY life… for touching so many hearts, because I know that she is going to be there to uplift another soul with her story. She is gorgeous. Inside and out.
Meet the Photographer:
Trina is an on-location photographer who has been a photographer in the greater Missoula and Bitterroot Valley in Montana for over 6 years.
For me, being a photographer isn’t just a job it’s a chance to make a new friend, and to be a part of one of the most important moments in their life. I have spent time learning with some of the leading senior portrait photographers in the nation in Utah, Tennessee, Nevada, and Texas. I also have a degree and two national certifications in Radiologic Technology as an x-ray/ computed tomography technologist, helping to heal lives by imaging.
When I’m not being a photographer, I love to spend time with my critters on my 5 acre ranch in Montana. I love adrenaline pumping activities just as much as I enjoy watching Netflix all snuggled into my couch with my coffee. My guilty pleasures include, Game of Thrones and Glee, coffee and chocolates, and vacationing in Los Angeles. #1 on my bucket list is to go to all the Disney Parks in the world, and I’ve been to Disney Land, Disney World, and EuroDisney already.