When I got a call from Andie late last summer, I was so excited! I remember thinking after we got off the phone, OMG, I want MORE of THIS kind of awesome, badass woman as my client!”
She was turning 40 in December and wanted to celebrate herself as she worked towards self-acceptance and confidence. She decided that she wanted two sessions - a ‘Celebrate You!’ and a ‘Natural Light Nudes’ photo experience and so we worked to make that happen!
We didn’t get a chance to meet for another few weeks but talked several times in between and so when I did finally see her in person, it was as if I knew this woman all along. And what I knew of her long distance was in fact, more than true in real life!
Andie has a vibrant and confident energy! And when she came into the studio for her sessions, I realized immediately why I had set that initial intention of wanting more of this amazing kind of woman in my studio! She had a glow about her and she was ALL IN and that in itself inspires me beyond belief every single time it happens!
It was such an amazing experience on my end to photograph a woman who is truly working at showing up and being seen, purposely embracing self-acceptance and honoring it by doing a photoshoot so she can really own who she is!
I have to say the one thing that really stood out from our conversations is when she told me her other true purpose to do the photo shoot. She told me she has a young daughter and she wants her daughter to always feel comfortable about her own body. That there is enough cultural clutter out there affecting how girls feel about themselves and she hoped that by seeing her mom do a photo shoot and love and accept her body fully would impact her daughter positively. (insert <<<<sigh>>>> here).
So needless to say, I adore this woman and what she stands for, who she is and how she is unapologetic about being how she shows up!
Here is a what Andie wrote on FB recently when she shared a slideshow of her images from our shoot together -- it will give you a glimpse of why I adore this woman and am honored to have been able to photograph her for such a beautiful, personal birthday celebration!
“Today I am turning forty. As I’m sure you know, I love taking pictures! Other than selfies I am rarely in them. Since I have a monumental birthday and I am striving for self-acceptance and confidence I booked a “Celebrate You” and “Natural light Nude” photography session for myself. What an amazing experience! I would recommend this to everyone. I felt like a rock star warrior princess! In honor of my fortieth, I am sharing some of the shots. These shots are a documentary of “This is me at 40”. This body has taken me all over the place and produced 2 wonderful offspring and it is perfect for me. I will always be striving for a healthier self but I will also honor the body and the place I am right now. I want to thank all the people who have helped inspire me to be the person I am today (too many to tag). Especially all of my family who constantly encourage me in all my wild adventures. My husband is always by my side during these adventures. Lastly, my children who remind me every day to love the version of me that I am in the moment.”
So happy 40th Birthday Andie and thank you for being that rockstar warrior princess and showing your beauty and your vulnerability as you work towards self confidence and self acceptance. It is such a beautiful thing to watch and I can’t wait to see you shine this year!