Photography by Farm Fresh Photography
Meet Jordan. She is Beauty Revived.
Look in any magazine and you will find pages filled with beautiful models. Models with the most perfect cheekbones, amazingly arched eyebrows, and full lips…but not too full. Take one look at Jordan and you will see her beauty shine bright from the page. However, her true beauty lies within her strength, determination, and courage. As a young twelve year old girl, on the brink of her long-anticipated teenage years, Jordan learned she had scoliosis. Scoliosis is abnormal curvature of the spine. Her spine was bent, but her spirit was not even though she was required to wear a hard cast-like brace for a year and a half, day and night. The required 23 hour brace was worn in order to try to straighten her backbone without surgery. She weathered pain, rashes, quirky stares, and hushed whispers from students. All just to be told that it just wasn’t enough; in fact, the s-curve in her spine worsened. In 2013, at 13 years old she had her first surgery. A steel rod from her midback to buttocks. The doctors allowed her body to heal and held out hope this would be the final step in correcting the curvature of her spine. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. In 2015, Jordan went back to the hospital to prep for a second surgery. This time they would be implanting a steel rod from neck to her midback. The original bionic lady. A lady whose strength, determination, and courage were indestructible. Would she be able to walk again? Would she play her favorite sports? Would she even be able to sit on the floor and play with her little siblings? The answer to all of these is yes. Yes! She walks around with her confidence beaming. She energetically plays with her siblings (on days they aren’t being annoying). She was an intricate player on her soccer team and has enthusiastically embraced her roll on the swim team. She may not have any real mobility in her back and it may take her an awkward few seconds to get into the crouching position, but she was given the all clear by her doctors without any real restrictions…except for two, no skydiving and no bungee jumping (the two best restrictions for her mama’s heart). She found her nitch as the president of her local FFA (Future Farmers of America) and helping young students learn the benefits of 4H. Looking at her you see a beauty like a model, a normal teenager. A normal teenager with a scar down her back. A scar she embraces. The scar the surgeries have left behind. It has become her battle scar. A scar to prove that she has accomplished all her teenage goals with sheer grit, strength, determination, and courage. She overcame obstacles that most would never dream. She endured the mean, quirky stares and hushed whispers. She doesn’t back away from a challenge. She sets her goals and crushes them. She is a true beauty. A beauty that may have been bent, but certainly never broken.
About the Photographer
Sarah is a follower of Jesus, wife to an amazing man and mother to four beautiful children.
If she is not taking photos, you can probably find her in the kitchen. She loves to bake and sometimes enjoy other types of cooking. And Sarah always enjoy eating!!
Sarah has a degree in Horticulture that she doesn’t use anymore, except for personal gardening and yard work (sorry mom and dad!)
She’s an eternal optimist, choosing to see the beauty in everything.
It is considered a blessing and an honor to spend time with her seniors and thier parents creating gorgeous images that will be treasured for many years to come.