“Live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Be fearless in the face of adversity. Never stop learning. Use your imagination whenever possible. Recognize the beauty that surrounds you. Remember where you came from, but never lose sign of where you are going. Be YOU.”
Sure, I could just share photos from these sessions and you’ll probably think that they are beautiful and creative. That’s not the point here. I want you to really see the impact that these sessions are having on these women and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to share personal stories from the women themselves. Let’s start with Cally, who’s session occurred in July of 2018:
“It ended up being exactly what I needed to start getting out of a funk I’ve been stuck in for some time.”
To put it simply, and in the words of one of my best friends, I had forgotten that I am a badass. As women, we are our own worst critics. We all struggle, to some degree, with body image and remembering our worth. Social media facades, Snapchat filters, and Instagram highlight reels of our lives do nothing to aid this battle.
I spend my free time asking my body to do a lot of hard things just for fun. Most of that time my body is able to do what I ask of it. But, instead of being proud of my constant hard work and what my body can DO, I’ve spent months picking it to pieces for how it LOOKS. A few extra pounds. A jiggle here and there. Constantly feeling like I’m not enough and true dislike for what I saw in the mirror. Seems ridiculous when I hear friends doing it to themselves, but we rarely see ourselves through the eyes of our friends.
For me, this shoot was more than just dancing around downtown Austin in a tutu. It was about personal strength, celebrating me, and seeing the beauty in myself. Finding my inner badass again!
I recently asked Cally if she still felt empowered when she looked back on her photos and if they still had the same impact as the day she took them.
Her response made me smile and confirmed what I had originally envisioned when I started doing these sessions over two years ago. She has printed out several photos from her session to hang on her walls as a reminder that she is a strong, beautiful, badass women each and every day.
“The journey of self-love and acceptance is constant and forever, and not always smooth, but having this moment in time captured where I felt so incredible is the best reminder of my badass inner self.”
She told me she feels proud when she sees her photos and that is the best compliment that I could ever receive.