After seeing a few of her amazing blogger portraits on Twitter, I reached out to the super talented Kaye (Fordtography) for some of my own. I don’t feel confident in front of a camera at all, largely because of my acne scars, but also partly down to being awkward af and not really knowing what to do with my face.

See what I mean?

So anyway, I told Kaye my fears and asked her to point ALL the soft lighting at my face and work her magic on my skin. To my surprise, she came back to me straight away and told me not to worry, and that she had pitted scars too.

I’d been planning to do some blog posts about my scars for ages, and this seemed like a sign. Straight away I emailed back and asked her if she’d like to collaborate on my #ScarredAndSexy project. To my delight, she said yes.

We decided to do a few serious shots, but also some silly ones of us having fun together. We wanted our personalities to be the focus of the photos, not our skin.

For the photos to be as raw and honest as possible we went makeup-free, with scraped back hair and plain clothes.

We are Mel and Kaye.

I’m a writer and marketer, she’s a blogger and photographer. We are both fun, creative and so much more than our scars.

We are #ScarredAndSexy.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

Rather than hiding the breakage, kintsugi celebrates it, honouring it as part of the object’s history.

Celebrate your scars. They are a part of your history, lines and imprints left by time. Reminders of the challenges you’ve faced – and overcome.


Just look at those eyes

Burning with wit and sparkling with mischief. Eyes that say the things your lips sometimes can’t.

Just look at those curls

Ready to be tugged by eager hands in moments of passion.

Wild, messy and ridiculous – just like you.

Just look at that smile

Waiting to bring the world to its knees.

The smile you show the world, and the smile you don’t.

The smile that makes your eyes crease at the corners.

The shy…

…and the utterly unreserved.

The smile of acceptance as you realise…

…you are so much more than your scars.

What is the #ScarredAndSexy?

The #ScarredAndSexy project aims to highlight and celebrate the beauty we may often forget is hiding behind our scars. This is the first in a series of posts that will explore this theme.

If you’re a photographer who would like to be involved, please get in touch:

If you want to join the movement and show the world you’re more than your scars, share your selfies with the hashtag #ScarredAndSexy, or contact me to get involved.

These photos were taken by the amazing Georgina Piper.