Remember last month when I showcased some photographs from our summer New York vacation? (refresh your memory HERE). That blog was super fun to post because my dear friend Ashley Roby grabs my camera all-day every-day when we are together and photographs ME. I'm so happy to have snaps with me in them. I want to remember this time. I know my life will be totally different in one year, in five years, in ten years. I don't ever ever want to forget.
Ashley didn't only take pictures of me on the subway and in her neighborhood, she also took pictures of me one afternoon when the tiny human and I jumped in her large shower to scrub each other and cuddle under the warm water. I've written on here before about the tiny human's sensory needs (haven't I? Why can't I find the link?)- and a shower or bath almost always sets him right when he's disregulated and struggling. It's a way to connect and get a lot of skin feedback and a wonderful way to play without direction or plan. Baths make the tiny feel very secure in a small safe place.
I am 36 years old and I have never been naked on the internet before.
But its happening now y'all. It's happening because I cannot ask you (reader, client) to go somewhere that you haven't seen ME GO. I do not desire to stay safe and ask you to risk it all. That's not cool. that's not ethical. That's not collaborative. One way transparency is colonial and a power play. Lets not do that here.
I promise! I'm not trying to trick you with my offer of vulnerable authentic portraits. I don't sneak pictures of you crying but post pictures of me laughing. I don't relish in your nudity but cover up myself. I don't point out your messy house and then photograph mine only after I've vacuumed and erased all signs of life. THAY would be dumb and I don't do dumb.
So I say, here I am. Here is my mama self, my tired self. My curvy self and my in-love self.
This is me at my very ordinariest and also my most beautiful. By showing you this I hope it moves you to think about yourself a little differently. I want to show that we are good enough as we are. I want to prove that beauty standards are made up and the idea that we need to worry about having it all is a corporate pressure. I want to be the first in line to shout that being lovely and loved is what is important in a way that connects us to each other rather than closes us off from each other. I'm not trying to compete, I'm trying to invite. I'm trying to show you that YOU ALSO can experience yourself in all your weird skin and your surprising bulges and your magical smells (hahaha) as beautiful JUST LIKE I DO.
So here I am, naked, and loved, loving him and myself.
Click the contact button on the top right corner and lets plan how I can photograph the soft underbelly of your family in a cozy, warm respectful way that will help you notice everything good about you.
Also a quick note to say that my usual rules (you can find them in my FAQ) about usage rights and copyrights are more permeable with these kinds of photographs than with any other. If you would like me to take naked pictures of you and yours - lets talk about privacy and protection in a very clear way when we plan the shoot O.K. friends?