Intrigued…? Let me start with a little tid-bit of a story that I hope will introduce and demonstrate why this new initiative is so important to me….
It was a few months ago when it hit me hard… someone I love dearly and one of the most beautiful people I know (on the inside, but also stunningly on the outside) made some comment like “ugh, I look bigger than I really am” while we flipped through a few photos of her that I thought were incredible. And then “I just wish I looked different” slipped out from her lips.
I couldn’t image how someone could look more beautiful than she did, yet here she was disgracing herself for the way she looked. What is wrong with us, I thought. Never mind the girl who simply can not see that she is breathtaking, but what about the people around her that are a little wider than her, or don’t have quite the chiseled features on their face… perhaps they even have an obvious scar. What about these people that only a few moments earlier thought they were doing okay with themselves and now are wondering what she must think of the way they look. Like maybe it’s not okay for me to be okay with the way I am?!
We live in this time… a time where women are glorified for their slim figures. Unfortunately, a woman’s curves are not appreciated like they once were. The gorgeous female figure historically was glamourized for the curvaceous features, yet today with everywhere we look we can’t help but see the obsession with being thin rather than voluptuously feminine and stunningly strong.
A huge shift has occurred in what a normal body type is… I barely recall the days when full bosoms and a round booty was a hot asset for all women. The bombshell figures of Marylin Monroe & Sofia Lauren used to be the most desired. What happened? And why? Why can’t woman be allowed to celebrate themselves just as they are? Why can’t we be empowered to be proud of what we have instead of always striving for something different, something that is not even genuinely who we really are. Why can’t we just love ourselves?!!
The whole female self image topic we deal with today honestly makes me want to throw-up! But instead of throwing-up (yuck!), I’m sending out an invitation, a challenge if you will… Be your own example of BEAUTIFUL! Stop looking at everyone else and just start loving yourself. You were divinely and uniquely made and there is no other you, not one person that is even close to you out there! One thing is certain, you – you know that true essence of you that lives inside your heart & soul – that will remain through all your joys, sorrows, heartaches and highs in you’re life. Sure we can change our attitude or appearance with clothing, hair dye, makeup, etc., but at the end of the day if you’re really honest with yourself it’s that joy-filled heart that you were given as a baby, the one that creates the true essence of everything you are that is truly you in your rawest form. It’s that same heart and soul that you will leave this world with one day. That beautiful light of a person that you have always been is still in there whether your 9 months or 90, so if you’ve been having a hard time trying to find it lately just try and trust your heart that you are just as you should be.
I pray for change for all of us… Women need to be celebrated for what beauty they encapsulate regardless of their size, their physical build, their age, their scars and their personal pitfalls. I URGE you (yes YOU!) to embrace your beautiful self! No matter how old, tall, short, petite, or curvy you are… YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
With all of this in mind, I’ve decided to open up a new photography endeavour with Splash that is all about celebrating yourself and your unique journey. It’s the Modern Beauty or Boudoir Photo Shoot. This private photo shoot is more than any regular photo session. It’s a transformation and a celebration of everything that makes you uniquely beautiful… your confidence, your journey, your playfulness, and your inner goddess (if you will). Complete with full and tasteful direction from me (Andrea, your Photographer), pampering of hair and make-up if you so desire it, laughter, perhaps some music and maybe even a glass of wine, this experience is all about empowering and embracing you… just as you are.
For more information, or to book a session visit the website for samples of work and investment information. I will taking on a limited amount of these sessions per month, so please book early!
”To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde