Victoria BC Couples Boudoir Photography

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
John Lennon

These two came into my life through the good-ol’ internet. After chatting with them in my studio for a couple minutes I realized that I had also been following their photography page, and was smitten with their art. It was a whole lot of fun creating with two magical humans who share my deep appreciation for intimate portraits + creating through vulnerability. We made some serious sizzlin’ fine-tuned magic (I think we shot this set in less than thirty minutes), and I can’t wait to collaborate with them again in the future. This community never ceases to amaze me!

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Victoria BC Boudoir Photographer - March to the beat of your own drum

There’s 7.53 billion people on the planet. 7.53 billion unique voices, heartbeats, one of a kind fingerprints. The most sensational and inspiring thing in the world is the people that inhabit it – the power that we each hold to offer the world what no one else can offer it: ourselves.

“Being different will always threaten the institution of understanding of a closed mind. However, evolution is built on difference, changing and the concept of thinking outside the box. Live to be your own unique brand, without apology.”
― Shannon L. Alder

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to discover our true selves – how truly daunting and difficult that task can be. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately because I’ve been meeting a lot of strangers lately who have seen my work, read my words, been touched in someway by what I do. (I say strangers: what I mean is friends I didn’t know I had yet). It baffles me that by being my silly, weird, naked self I’ve managed to create a brand and community that helps lift others up… something that 4 years ago, I could never have imagined would have gotten this far.

But… my favourite part of this whole wild ride? Is that by marching to the beat of my own drum (which, by the way, is regularly off-beat and a little hard to follow), I’ve had so many other unique individuals march their way into my life and dance beside me for a while. We’ve shared laughs, growth, giggles, silly dance moves, and a dream for the future where people celebrate themselves unapologetically.

Here’s to all of you: dancing your own dances, prancing along your own unique path, and touching hearts as you do so. Thank you for dancing along with me, even if just through internet-land.

And without further ado… a session from a few months ago with one of the most magical + unapologetic self-drummers I’ve had the chance to meet. This babe and her session will always have a dear place in my heart (seriously: anyone who comes in and asks if they can cut up their clothes for sensual art will always get me jumping for joy ~hint hint nudge nudge let’s cut up your clothes for art~)

*content warning: this blog post contains a woman in all her glory unashamedly celebrating the natural body she was born in. It features photos of what our culture has determined are evil parts of the natural femme form: nipples. Viewing these images may cause you to question the beliefs our culture has taught us about our anatomy, and make you exclaim 'whoa, what a badass’. Proceed with caution.

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