to heal oneselfyou must truly see yourself.
without filters and edits.
to celebrate the body that carries you.
to feel encouraged and beautiful.
Boudoir for the bold and proud woman.
About seven years ago I started photographing something that I called fearless sessions. I wanted to make boudoir more accessible and take away the scariness that comes along with the word boudoir. It started with flower crowns and macrame backdrops and slowly transformed into what it is today. I’ve photographed over 50 women of all shapes and sizes, ages and life stages. It’s been joy giving – but the last few years I felt that my motivation for it has slowly faded. I think that’s because after doing so much work on myself in terms of body acceptance – it’s hard for me to take photos when I know the person I’m working with is expecting me to make them look a certain way. They tell me they are self conscious about areas of their body – and I jump right back into my old self of trying to take a “flattering” image. More devastatingly – on my clients galleries I can see that many of the women have “hid” over half of their images. This kills me – because when I look at those images I don’t know what they are seeing that they feel shameful about.
Seeing images of yourself can be really difficult. When we are so used to iPhone selfies – a high resolution image using a camera that does not distort or smooth over – can be shocking to the system. But I think that seeing yourself – truly seeing yourself – can be one of the most healing things of all. I want to continue to offer these sessions – but I want to offer them in a way that allows you to do the hard thing – which is to see and accept yourself as you walk into that room. I don’t want to pose you into shapes that are trying to fit society’s image. I want you to breathe, touch, and FEEL good in your skin. I want to give you images that when you look at them – you really see yourself – and that you feel one step closer to accepting that you are perfect how you are today. It might be harder and it might require more work – but I think that it will be more meaningful than ever.
Your Fearless Session will be more than just a photoshoot.
My hope is that during the session we will talk about the things that make you proud of yourself, the journey that your body has taken you on – and what you appreciate about it. I don’t want to focus on “fixing” the areas you aren’t happy with. I want to focus on celebrating you as a whole. My hope is that with my help and the help of some prompts and advice – upon receiving your photos you will be able to begin an entirely new process of seeing yourself for who you are – and loving every inch.