It’s a funny thing, practicing what you preach.
my life goal is to help show other women just how beautiful and unique they are... but could i do it for myself? could i see my own beauty from an outsiders perspective?
i woke up the morning of my shoot, and all of a sudden i wasn’t sure. i hoped for one good shot. i started to analyze everything about my body that i’ve been working so hard for.
and then i stopped.
i closed my eyes. took a deep breath, and opened them again. but this time, as a photographer, not a client. i looked for the good, and i found it. and with it, i could feel a little boost in confidence. a butterfly flittering about in my core. i tried on a few different outfits, and with each change, i felt myself being more and more comfortable with me.
by the time the shoot came, i was nervous, but the excitement far overshadowed any doubt that was left.
natiya is a dear friend, and someone i trust so much. mere moments into our shoot in her studio... i was naked.
you see, i’ve been in her shoes. i photograph women for a living. and with that, nudity becomes less and less of a “thing”. it’s about art, and shapes, and beautiful composition, not varicose veins and cellulite.
once we got to the beach, everyone else faded away, and it was just me, natiya, and the ocean. i tried to do the things i always have my clients do. i focused on moving, laughing, and trying not to think too hard.
as we looked at shots on the back of the camera, we literally broke out into dance on the beach. pure joy overflowed.
i’ve said it once and i’ll say it again. the photos you receive are secondary to the experience. everyone deserves to feel free in their own body. proud of the hard work they put in.
comparing yourself to others won’t ever work. you simply can’t be anyone else.
i can honestly say i am the happiest i’ve ever been. in my life, my career, my relationship... everything. and i truly believe that happiness in life starts with happiness in yourself.
so close your eyes, take a deep breath, and when you look at yourself, do it like an outsider. search for the good. i promise you won’t have to look hard♥️ 📸 @portrait_of_health