If you’ve recently experienced a life-changing event, have lost touch with who you are, or find yourself feeling only average, let’s talk. I promise, once you put on a tutu, you’ll forget all about it.
I've been so lucky to have photographed women who have overcome SO much - breast cancer while pregnant, a double mastectomy, a woman who wanted to celebrate her life because she had contemplated ending her own a few years prior, a woman whose husband had been putting her down about her looks and she is GORGEOUS but doesn't see it at all. And then there's my own story - I lost a baby when I was four months pregnant. It’s still hard to talk about, but these sessions and the amazing women I meet along the way help.
The concept of the Tulle Skirt Project started in a Cross Fit gym, and morphed into ways to deal with the obstacles in your life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, “When I lose the baby weight…” or “When I get tan…then I’ll do a photo shoot with you.” The concept of the Tulle Skirt Project throws out the idea that you have to look a certain way BEFORE you can get photos taken. Because you’re perfect just as you are, in this moment!
Talking from experience, the transformation is INCREDIBLE. Insecurities get lost in the moment and you just feel good. Empowered. Strong. Because you are! And once you see the photos I take of you, you’ll start feeling confident again in who you are, and the amazing beauty you hold. And if you need an additional push, I’m here to tell you it’s okay to choose YOU once in awhile.
"I never really thought I had much of a story to tell, or was “worthy” to put myself out there in that way, and then one day it clicked, that was in fact the point of the whole project. So, I reached out to her and told her I wanted to give it a try.
I have struggled with self-esteem and comparison syndrome my whole life, as well as I have a really bad habit of fading into the background any chance I get. If someone ever asked me what I liked about myself I could maybe list 1 or 2 things, but ask me what’s wrong and I’ll give you a hundred.
As a mental health therapist, I decided I needed to start practicing what I encouraged most of my clients to do. I felt like this project was a good way to get out of my comfort zone and dig in deep to put action behind feeling better about myself and letting go of all the negative self-talk.
I had SO much fun running around the city with Jen and even though I did feel out of my element several times, I was able to let go and have a blast. As Jen started to post the pictures and people started to use words like stunning, beautiful, sexy, gorgeous etc... It was nice to view myself through someone else’s lens and just take in the compliments, which I often do not allow myself to do. I often tell my clients to see their self-worth and beauty though other people, and this project really helped me do that for myself.
I was gifted this photoshoot by my husband on our wedding day. 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'm 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 a true dislike for what I saw in the mirror. Seems ridiculous when I hear friends do 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 beauty in myself. Finding my inner badass again
When we are little girls (or young kids), we view life through a very myopic prism - honestly, pretty self absorbed in the beginning. As we 'mature' we begin taking on additional identities, first we recognize we have a role within a family (daughter, sister), then we add onto that 'friend', then we add onto some other 'identity' roles.....'professional,' 'wife,' 'mother,' .......those identities bring joy and richness to our lives, no doubt, at the same time, it's easy to lose ourselves and define ourselves by all of those additional layers. Participating in the Tulle Skirt Project allows us to take a paintbrush and dip it into any color that captures 'me' and only 'me' for the moment.
In doing this, I'm not erasing all of the rich tapestry of the other ways I define myself, I'm just magnifying a piece of that tapestry for an afternoon and capturing it to remind myself, yes, that girl is still there.
Our bodies change over time - there's no way around it. Some changes are great, while others are not so welcomed.
For me, being a part of the Tulle Skirt Project, means that no matter my physical concerns it's important to embrace who I am on the inside and let it radiate outward. The phrase "Strong is beautiful" heavily resonates with me. Participating in this shoot allowed me to embody my inner beauty through photographs and I learned to love the skin I'm in. Cherish who you are and be proud of your accomplishments. All of this will shine through and radiate to others.
There is definitely a stigma you get for being a “crossfitter.” I’ve heard it before, “Oh you do Crossfit?” Yes I do Crossfit and that doesn’t take any of my femininity away. I love the message of the Tulle Skirt Project. Be strong, be beautiful, and be true to yourself regardless of what anyone else says.
I feel that I can be quite shy. I love taking family photos but have never done a photo shoot for myself, but I am so glad I did. I learned that it is a great thing to celebrate and recognize your inner strength and beauty.
Each session comes with the use of a custom tutu that I create just for you. You pick the color, the length and then I make it.