On the Questionnaire that I send to potential clients, I always ask what they’re hoping to gain from working with me. C shared the following response:
“Confidence! Self esteem! Self love! I know you're not a miracle worker and it takes time, therapy, and lots of reframing my thoughts, but I think this is a good step in the right direction.”
I have many clients that come into their shoots with this mindset, and honestly I think it’s the perfect approach. It’s understanding the WORK that goes into accepting and caring for your mind and your body - this work can lead to loving your body, even if it feels impossible. It’s also comes with the understanding that I’m the one working, not you! Let me worry about how to position your body. Let me remind you that belly rolls are a glorious thing, and EVERYONE has them. Let me remind you that sucking in is NOT what you’re here for.
But that’s a rant for another day…
Working with C was an absolute joy. What’s so cool about us working together is that we actually met over 2 years ago! She came into the restaurant I was working in at the time, and we ended up discussing tattoos, photography and all kinds of other things. Before she left I gave her my card, and she’s been following my work ever since. Last year, she decided to invest in herself and book a shoot, and I’m so happy that she did. I meet clients in a variety of fun ways, but this shoot was extra special seeing as how I’ve transitioned into photography full time since meeting her.
When C initially reached out to me, she wrote,
“Mostly from what I can see, it seems your sessions really help womxn feel their greatest and accept their bodies and themselves for who they are…Anyways, I was thinking a session might help me? Feel comfortable in my own skin. Something I want to do for myself.”
From there, we met a few times (she splits her time between two cities) and we began to plan an experience to help her feel comfortable in her skin and also celebrate her skin. She shared a good amount about being raised in an Asian household, and the cultural components associated how womxn “should” look. She shared so much of her story with me, and photographing her story was truly so humbling. Like many of my clients, C was nervous at her ordering session, and terrified that she wouldn’t be happy with her photos. At the end of her reveal, she shared that being exposed to so many photos of herself in a positive way forced her to be kind to herself progressively throughout the reveal. She chose to purchase an album (my personal favorite), and creating her story in such an intimate physical piece of art was wonderful.
Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your story with me, C!