Black eyes and bloody noses - 23-year-old Amanda Tromp is no stranger to these things.
She was a punching bag to her emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend. He was controlling and forced her to shut her family and friends out of her life. He insulted her, calling her fat, stupid and ugly.
With ties broken with the people she loved, the then 18-year-old Tromp felt that she had nowhere to go and no one to turn to.
I attempted my very first self portrait with my camera.
It was really spontaneous and I'm normally way to shy/awkward to...
"A sense of peace settled in my soul, as well as a sense of purpose," she said.
She calls her photography business "Goldilocks and the Wolf." The name represents the bond her and Kyro formed in a time of darkness that turned into a time of light, she said. "In a sense, our own little fairytale."
She and Kyro were nicknamed "Goldilocks and the Wolf" since the day she brought Kyro home, and because of her long blonde hair and Kyro's dark color, she said the name just stuck.
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