About a month ago I had the absolute honour of shooting a session for a local burlesque performer. The photos turned out absolutely incredible. I wanted to share them on social media for a while, but I knew that they had a lot of personal substance and sentimental value. I didn't want to post them online without taking the time to give them the space and the honour they deserve.
I asked the client if she would, instead, offer a brief write-up for these incredible images. When I returned her proofs to her, she specifically asked me to not edit them intensively. Instead, I left the "blemishes" in the photo that I otherwise would have edited out. My heart sang when I went over the images, doing minimal colour correction edits and such. I left everything else the same. The stretch-marks remained - loud and proud. If you read my last post, you know how much I love stretch marks. And leaving them on images resonates really strongly with me. It's a small rebellion. It says: I live here. I reside within this body.
Without further ado, here is the beautiful write-up that was provided for these breath-taking images:
2 years ago I shaved my head to honour my Mother who died from Ovarian Cancer. For the first time in my entire life I saw how beautiful I was. I connected with the beauty of my soul. I no longer had any hair to hide behind to distract me from myself. When I looked in the mirror I saw the light of my soul radiating from inside of me. This validated to me that beauty is an inside job.
I believe that the true authentic vibration of my soul is what is captured in these photographs. My physical body is a vessel, a sacred container that contains my boundless and infinite soul. I love these photographs because they showcase that regardless of what style of hair I have, which pose I'm in, it's the beauty of my soul that is captured. My stretch marks, love handles, and wrinkles are all perfect imperfections. To be alive and breathing in a physical body is a gift. A moment that will not last forever. Breathe deeper. Be kinder to yourself than you think you should be. You never know when it will be your moment to let go of your physical body.