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Recently, I took Instagram viewers on a behind the scenes video tour of how I created one of my most liked self-portraits. (It's the one above.) I explained how I used everyday household items, natural light and a non-existent budget to create a dramatic photograph that is moving me toward the grander ones I want to be hired for.
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“I struggle with my WHY,” she said, “I don’t have one and I feel like I should.”
This artist paints florals, gorgeous florals, and every time I see them, they bring breath and ease and beauty to my lungs. I responded to her comment that sometimes, we don’t need a bigger WHY than ourselves. Sometimes, the WHY can simply be creating beauty because the reminder of beauty is so needed in this world today.
(This was from a recent conversational thread in an artist’s group I am a part of. )
And also, there was this article I’ve thought back to a lot over the past year…it must have been late last summer, a piece in the Business of Fashion (I think by Tim Blanks) where he said fashion lost its fantasy. Up until this spring 2019, I have to agree...street wear, fast fashion, ready to wear, drops...they dominate the world of fashion today and (generally) where has the couture and fantasy gone?
Where are the silhouettes and the collections that inspire us to dream? Where is the anticipation and the excitement that leads us season to season? Where is the build up to the reveal for a collection that defines a year? A movement? So much of what we consume and produce in this contemporary world is here today, gone tomorrow. No more is there an emphasis on beauty and the skill it takes to create that beauty. (And yes, there are exceptions, like the contemporary works of PIERPAOLO PICCIOLI at Moncler Genius and Valentino, or Giambattista Valli and his creations with tulle, the works of Tim Walker and Erik Madigan Heck.)
I came across this article at a time when I also began to think about the role fantasy played in my photography, the role inspiration played. As an artist there is the responsibility to produce work as a service: to reveal, to bring about change, to heal, to highlight the political and social climate...and also, to inspire.
Many artists think their work is worthless if there isn’t a big WHY or purpose behind it, but sometimes the WHY can simply be to inspire others to dream, to look forward, to see what they themselves are capable of. That is huge.
When I work with portrait clients, I’ve always asked them: Who do you want to be? How do you want to show up in your fullest expression of self? Where do you want to reign queen?
But, going forward, I might just put it this way: What is your fantasy?
What does your highest octave of self look and act like? Let’s capture that. Because those photographs of fantasy are the ones we end up keeping close to us forever. Those are the photographs we look at time and time again. Those are the photographs we turn to when we are in a personal despair. Those are the photographs that remind us of our strength and to keep going when we feel we have none.
If you are an artist or someone who engages in art, remember this: creating to create is OK. Creating because beauty inspires you and beauty wants to pour forth from you is OK. It’s more than OK. It’s necessary.
So the next time you are thinking about getting photographs for your brand or for yourself, or offering up a creative service to someone else, think about how you want to show up as your fantasy and how you can provide fantasy for your client or viewer — because it’s the embodiment of that energy that is going to inspire your viewers to join your mission and vision and dream big alongside you.
We are human. We thrive on pleasure and fantasy.
On the weekend of July 27-28, 2019 I will be traveling to Santa Fe for a healing anniversary of two years, and visiting the friends and mentors that were there for me as I began this journey in August of 2017.
If you are on the mailing list for and attending the book signing of Briana Saussy’s new book Making Magic, a very special offering will be going out to those in Santa Fe attending the signing. Download an excerpt of the book by clicking on the book cover below!
If you are a healer, coach, creative or sensitive soul who is looking for an updated portrait for your website, author photo or legacy portrait, intimate sessions of portrait photography and artistry await us!
We can shoot in a casita, in the plaza, the botanical gardens or in the vast desert terrain. Dream far and wide. The location of your shoot will be determined by the chosen time and visual mood of your session.
If you would like to venture a bit further into the desert landscape for a session that is more fantastical, more in depth, more wild, where car and foot cannot take you, but a private plane can INQUIRE HERE.
Let’s fuel your fantasy!
There is a story behind this dress.
It is the dress I wore on the night of July 1, 2017 when my life as I knew it began to implode.
That night of July 1, 2017 was the first and last time I wore this dress and the first night of a series of events that month that would lead me to leave a toxic relationship and a dysfunctional chapter of ten years.
When I took these portraits last night, I did not realize at first, that today, July 1, 2019, and this dress, mark the two year anniversary of a new life unfolding.
As a survivor of abuse, I am extra sensitive to the energy of the garments I wear. Many pieces of my wardrobe carry stories with them, and some are difficult to let go of because that might mean I am also letting go pieces of my past and/or own self -- pieces that were once joyful or helped me survive spiritually during difficult times.
What do we do with the things we own and the parts of ourselves that are linked to trauma and pain but that we also love?
How do we acknowledge and heal the painful parts of our stories -- because those parts ARE a part of the whole story-- and move forward with parts that empower us?
We practice gentleness with ourselves. We practice patience with ourselves. We practice witnessing ourselves through methods like writing, selfies and self-portraiture, art making, telling our stories, and practicing ritual and ceremony that feels sacred to us. And, we meet with the parts of the self that want to come through now.
Earlier today, I was on a call with a beautiful author, poet and songwriter who also happens to abusive experiences in her past. We talked a lot about how survivors of abuse are labeled as...just that...survivors.
But what about the rest of our identities? the rest of our stories?
We are survivors but we are also thrivers and creators, leaders, business owners, executives, moms, sisters, daughters, and, and, and so much more than the trauma we have been through.
In all of the work I offer, my mission is to help women use their voices to tell their stories in a way that embraces and shares the whole of who they are and the powerful person they see themselves becoming - not just what they have been through. We don't need to be victims of our stories again.
I see something similar come up in my conversations with creatives too. We hold onto past criticism and 'guidance' from others that was deeply harmful to us and that holds hostage our creativity today.
How can we express our souls fully if we don't give our whole selves the room to come through? We can't.
The good thing?
Permission starts with you.
How do you want to tell your story?
*In addition to Make Your Mark this summer, I am also offering one-on-one creative coaching in 3-4 month commitments. If there is one thing I am an expert at creatively -- it's VOICE. Locating it. Unearthing it. Using it. And I'm here to help you find yours and express it with confidence. Our work together will help you develop your unique voice and style, find a subject matter that makes your heart skip a beat, and unearth your core WHY so that you feel a sense of purpose and excitement about the work you are making. Find out more on one-to-one creative coaching here.
Portrait Calendar Updates:
Mini sessions and full day media kit sessions available.
Santa Fe, NM July 20-21st
San Francisco, CA / September 21-22nd
Moab + Salt Lake, UT / September 28-29th
Denver/Boulder available now through September
Paris, France / October 12-13th
San Francisco/Monterey / April
Santa Fe / May
Expand the lungs.
Relax the fingers.
Feel the heart beat
the waters of this new life.
May you meet with the Spring of your life,
and the spring of your life
where clarity meets mind,
dreams meet heart,
goals meet faith.
It’s time to venture forth,
And be gentle with any additional losses or gains.
For they are the same.
is finding its balance.
Since it’s April 1st and this story is from the April 1st issue of @people I thought it was appropriate to finally mention this printing publicly. Thank you Esmé for having me on your team. Thank you @flownash for choosing my work to accompany this story.
This piece is especially significant to me for a number of personal reasons and I’m so proud of Esmé for her commitment to her work and community, voice and self. She inspires me to keep going no matter the tired, the rejection, or even the wins because there are always more of both ahead. The wins fuel my belief and momentum. The rejections keep me from entering relationships that are not for my highest good.
March was life changing. In both wins and challenges. It roared like a lioness and left me and my broken car in a snowbank on a mountain pass (thankfully not down the hill.)
I used to pray that this year could please, please, please be easier than last. And It’s not. It’s more learning and growing. So, instead of facing what I don’t know with fear, I’m leaning into the unanswered questions with curiosity. How do I figure this out so that I can move ever closer to my dreams?
So, April, Ready to act The Fool? As my favorite tarot reader and amazing astrologer and design client @thetarotlady says, “The cards tell a story, but you write the ending,” so this April Fool’s I’m going to jump into all I dream for life and not think twice about it.
*Order Esmé Weijun Wang’s lated work, “The Collected Schizophrenias” online or at your LOCAL BOOKSTORE — my favorite bookstores in the west are Back of Beyond Books in MOAB, UT and The Boulder Bookstore in BOULDER, CO.
*Florence Nash, photo editor for People Magazine.
Keeping the Faith in Hard Times
We don’t talk enough about giving up and the pressures we put on ourselves as we reclaim our bodies and our voices during the healing journey.
The path you are on to stand firmly in your sovereignty, to enter into healthy relationships and environments, to commit to choices that support your continued healing and thriving, is going to be a tough one.
You know this and I know this.
Sometimes, we wish we could reach that light at the end of the tunnel now, yesterday. Because staying in the faith of our power and our future is hard when we aren’t meeting with our desires, we are tripped by triggers, and those who hurt us don’t seem to experience any repercussions for their actions.
Did you know it takes an average of seven times for a victim to leave an abusive relationship? Now think about this: when it comes to New Years Resolutions it takes the average person 11 years to make a change — imagine if all those years were years spent battling for one’s safety, one’s survival, one’s sanity?
Beauty, the fact that you are on the path to healing is a victory. Celebrate your courage and your being.
No doubt, however, there are going to be times when you feel completely empty and spent of all your resources dealing with the ups and downs of trying to build a new life for yourself.
-You might think about going back to the old ways. the old relationship. the old (and false) comforts that were offered.
-You might think about finding a new space and/or a new relationship that are similar (but possibly healthier?) because that is what is familiar. That is what you know.
-You might think about giving up on it all, because, what is the point of all this? First, you were handed abuse and now you are handed further struggle trying to survive.
My love, please don’t quit.
Here are a few ways to stay focused and inspired when the process of healing gets really hard.
1. Keep post-it notes of encouragement everywhere.
Post them to the bathroom mirror, taped inside your desk drawer, drop them in your lunchbox (thanks mom)…Often, these notes are just what I need to refuel my spirit flame.
And, speaking of notes of encouragement, sign up for Esmé Wang’s free email series “Notes of Encouragement” here, reminders that "we are doing our own best work in encouraging ourselves.
2. Remind yourself of what YOU GET to gain when you stay on the path of healing.
For me, reaching my dreams in my career, meeting my money goals, staying in healthy relationships, not wavering on the boundaries I have drawn, staying committed to my visions for my path of healing and thriving mean: I GET TO have the capacity, financially and emotionally, to serve other women walking the path; I GET TO live a life of more FREEDOM, on my terms and no one else’s; and, most importantly, I GET TO wave a giant middle finger to my abusive, narcissistic, alcoholic ex. Even though 99% of me has no interest nor attachment to the path he is living, I will still derive a moment of satisfaction from handing his ass back to him.
3. Sign up for Poshmark and allow for their push notifications.
Ok, this one is a bit random, but seriously, I sometimes think Postmark IS secretly listening to my thoughts. They have these awesome digital cheers like, “You’ll figure it out,” and “Werk it. You look awesome today!" that randomly pop up on my phone right when my heart needs them. I think…I need to create an app like that.
You know I ALSO have your back during this really hard and overwhelming process too. Download the FREE I AM SAFE series worksheets. They will help you form habits and rituals for grounding and keeping the momentum during the tougher times of being a survivor.
Support is a HUGE contributing factor to keeping the faith in the life you want for yourself. Don’t give up. There is a world of survivors out there who've got you.
I’m one of them. Grab all the I AM SAFE resources for healing — including the latest ones - No. 10 - Developing a Practice - Treating Your Life As Art + No. 11 - New Year, New You?
My friend, I wish I could communicate to you and those who consider participating in your work what a powerful and empowering experience it is to have someone really see you. I don't know how to communicate what power you have to capture the true spirit of a person in their process of becoming. All I can say is that anything you do is full of soul and communication and totally comfortable. So here's what a woman of age and wisdom would add to this discussion.: yours truly will be contracting with you to do such a shoot within the next two years - even if I need to travel cross country to make it happen!
–Rachel Burwell, portrait client
February, the month of Love,
of Loving our dear ones,
but also, of Loving ourselves.
While I’m personally not one for the sweet romances, I do love Love, and especially a dramatic romance. But more than that, I most especially love providing a space and opportunity for women to love and own themselves.
Being called on to do this work, and being able to do this work with other women, is a privilege, and one I have deep gratitude for. I believe in all women having the opportunity to express themselves as they want without shame, insecurity and uncertainty.
But what I have seen, from nearly all photographic options available to women today, in mainstream boudoir photography is a variation of this one look: a blinding flash of off-camera lighting, pounds of makeup, and a wardrobe of Fredericks of Hollywood. And Fredericks isn’t bad if it makes you hot for yourself, but it’s not what everyone wants for themselves.
Of course, there are a select few female photographers who do offer boudoir that borderlines on fine art portraiture composed of a cinematic or classic black and white look, AND more and more female photographers ARE capturing women untouched in undergarments that they...might wear on the daily...for brands and their editorials like Lonely Lingerie and Miss Crofton, but,
WHERE IS THE OPTION OF A REAL, RAW AND DIVINE FEMININE PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION FOR WOMEN WHO AREN'T MODELING?
WHERE IS THE OPTION FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO EXPRESS THEIR SENSUALITY AND EROTICISM THROUGH THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND NOT THE MALE GAZE?
Where is the option for women who want to be PROVOCATIVE WITH CLOTHES ON?
I don’t want women to feel like they have to fit themselves into any of these perspectives that are not their own in order to celebrate their beauty and divine feminine energy.
Which is one of the reasons why I’m building out a studio that will allow women to take control over their image. You can take up the space and you can shape the space however you want.
You can channel sex kitten or coquettish courtesan.
Expose it all or cover up ALL the bits with sumptuous fabrics.
It’s time to tell YOUR story.
And helping you tell it is the work I love to do. Thank you for helping me make this studio space possible.
Now, in order to show you some love, I’ve created a new resource for you, "Developing a Practice — Treating Your Life as Art," No. 10 in the I AM SAFE Series, BECAUSE YOU ARE ART DARLING.
ANNNDDDDD VERY SOON, I’ve got a special offering for the women, where we bring an overdue renaissance to boudoir photography, inspired by your feedback and your encouragement to be a new voice for it. Thank you.
Instead of getting naked as we’ve been taught, we reveal only what we want and keep the rest sacred for ourselves.
Instead of feeling like we have to pose our bodies to look smaller we’re going to be more liberal with our flesh.
Instead of following others' rules on how we should present ourselves, we are going to follow our own.
Remember, during the month of February, the month of Love, you are enough. Your existence is enough.
To Loving others and especially to loving yourself.
Access the worksheet here.
You are Art. <3
Yesterday, I got to add the @nytimes to my @esmewwang shrine. It’s been an incredible honor to watch Esmés work bloom over the years and to be able to discuss life, art and the entrepreneurial journey with her. I keep her story in my back pocket for those moments when I think maybe I should give up. DO NOT JACQUELYN. DO NOT GIVE UP THE DREAM. So grateful to be a part of the journey. Go grab her new book The Collected Schizophrenias. Photos by JT. @oprahmagazine @poetswritersinc @elleusa@graywolfpress
To this year,
of going greater distances
of saying yes to the infinite opportunities of the unknown
Because may this be the year,
you accept stillness and softness
as your way of living, breathing, healing, thriving,
of gaining ground
and of saying yes to being in right relationship with the overdue.
To this year,
of coming home
and of finding home
Because may this be the year
you leave it all behind,
for home is wherever you are,
as you travel far and wide
to find and define
for the first time
who you are.
To this year,
no matter what you have chosen,
or will choose,
You’ve made it.
Onward, to a new year,
and to being ever closer
Work about town in the Jan/Feb 2019 print edition of Poets & Writers, Vol. 47 Issue No.1, featuring Esmé Weijun Wang with portrait images we took in her home earlier this year. Having known E and her style for quite some time, I knew that her love of vintage garments was a must to feature in this shoot. We experimented with 5 looks from formal to casual and our favorites? A sophisticated yet cozy blush pink dress and cardigan w/fur and a spring green silk top with patterned head wrap (which you can see on Esmé’s new website this spring.)
Wang is listed on the Best of Young US Novelists 2017 and a 2018 winner of the Whiting Award in Nonfiction. Her new work, “The Collected Schizophrenias” comes out in February 2019.
“...my work serves the woman who also stands in integrity and follows her truth even if it means going against one’s upbringing and/or social conditioning; the woman who speaks up for marginalized communities and is willing to trade in her privileges in order to help others rise; the woman who holds others accountable for their actions and doesn't quiet herself when she has something to say; the woman who is anchored in her OWN values and follows her heart when she needs to pivot or make a change; the woman who writes the script of her life and doesn’t need anyone else’s permission to follow it; and the woman who lives her definition of freedom and doesn’t apologize for any of it.”
(The above is an excerpt from my piece for the November 2018 Freedom Seekers’ Collective Series. The below is a repost of the latest digital GAZETTE — my online newsletter that goes out via email. Sign up for it here.)
On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday), amongst the frenzy of digital discounts,
I chose not to send out sale reminders.
Nor final sale reminders.
Nor final, final sale reminders.
And definitely not the final, final this is THE LAST TIME YOU WILL EVER SEE THIS BARGAIN YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET ANOTHER DEAL ON LIFE EVER AGAIN THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! reminders.
...posted a piece about being unapologetic.
Including: not following the online marketing rules of 2018. [Which far too often capitalize off of your fears of scarcity and not being enough.]
(But also, who has the energy to be sorry for something you don't need to be sorry about when the stress of the winter holidays is ENOUGH? I dare you to stop apologizing for at least one thing this season.)
So, I wrote about all the things I will no longer apologize for -- which originally started in the spring of 2017 as a clapback at my abusive relationship...and eventually turned into my MO.
Being unapologetic is a part of my definition of what it means to live a life of freedom. And it was for the Freedom Seekers’ Collective Series, produced by Sophy Dale, that I wrote this piece on being unapologetic about spending my energy on only what feels aligned within.
In this series, thirty, very brave, women creative entrepreneurs write about what freedom feels and looks like in both their personal lives and in their businesses. You might be surprised at what they have to say. Their visions of freedom are definitely not what most of the internet is trying to sell to you.
It's honest and full of what is rarely discussed publicly on the creative + entrepreneurial path, because we are taught to talk about the rewards as a way to inspire/go big/give hope —rarely do we talk about the roads we traveled to get there — all the scary parts, all the times we questioned whether we were making the right turns and going in the right direction.
But like the search for happiness, I’m not so sure freedom is a thing we can find outside of ourselves. It's not something we can buy or buy into. It’s something we build. And maybe, being unapologetic about ourselves is the cornerstone of that building.
If you have been sitting on the edge of a decision that you know in your heart leads to your vision of freedom for your own life — read all thirty pieces from this series. There will be an answer you are looking for. And, I promise you, you won't be sold anything other than the idea to define freedom for yourself.
And to not be damn sorry about any of it.
If you’ve been waiting for it
here is the permission:
to create, to draw boundaries, to honor your values, to say yes to your inspirations, to take a chance on what you see.
Dare to dream the impossible into the possible.
Whose to say until you try?
Mistakes and failures are lessons of success in action,
if you choose.
Don’t let anyone else’s opinions convert you into thinking otherwise.
you don’t owe yourself to anyone. But you do get to decide who you give your spirit to.
Are you remembering to give to yourself?
Or, are you othering yourself out to please OTHER people?
being other than who you really are...
doing what others want you to do...
Here is the permission you’ve been waiting for.
only if YOU want to.
November Self-Birthday-Portrait in the Woods. Age 34. 💚🌿 #iwillnotapologize
This week, in the United States, we meet with the holiday of Thanksgiving (the roots of this celebration, the slaughter of Indigenous peoples, in addition to it’s commercialization leaves me turning my back on this “holiday.”)
So, May we give thanks to the first inhabitants and caretakers of this land. May we also give thanks to our communities who help us rise and keep our hearts beating. May we give thanks to ourselves, the survivors, for doing the best we can during the hardest parts of our journeys and especially during our healing.
Two more installments of I Am Safe are up. Download them through the bolded links below.
No. 8 - I Give Thanks to Myself – a template for writing love letters to the self.
When I was in my domestic abuse relationship, I would often browse the isles at Hallmark and purchase cards for myself, especially during Valentine’s Day, with sentiments I dreamed of one day receiving from a lover’s heart. I would keep these cards in my desk and in my art folders, and read them to myself as reminders that I was still worthy of Love.
No. 9 - I Remember Me – a PDF of journaling prompts for unearthing and rediscovering pieces of your core self that may have been buried, oppressed, and diminished within abusive relationships and environments. These prompts are designed to help you explore and discover passions and activities that make you feel whole, joyous and excited for your life in the present moment.
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My deepest gratitudes to all of you that are new here (and have been following! my work.) I am floored by the letters of the heart you have been sending, the requests for prints, and the compliments of this work. As of this posting, this Self-Portrait and “Dear Woman” letter has received over 6,500 likes on Girl Gaze. I took this self-portrait on a very unexpected and magical trip to Nashville during May of 2018. I began composing pieces of the letter in June of 2017, completing it this spring with snippets of original texts from my Love. (“Did you know that loving you is like making art?” Yeah, I have to give him credit for that one.)
This letter and photograph document a time in my life when I started to reclaim my spirit and creativity. It is a reminder to stay faithful in my intuition, courage and path. I hope it can offer some of this and more to you too.
I am looking into making both prints and Dear Woman notecards of this photograph. Sign up here for updates and/or keep an eye out on this blog. If you would like to make a request for a print please contact me here.
In the meantime,
No. 7 - I Will Not Apologize
is up and ready for download. This edition of the series was inspired by the “Dear Woman” letter that accompanies the image above.
Many of us have been conditioned to perform quietly, exist within molds, play small, and accept ceilings and limits that go against our inner values, integrity and dreams. And then, when we challenge these codes we are taught to apologize. Our intuition is minimized, and we are gaslighted and manipulated into believing that our worth is determined by others. But when you stop apologizing for being who you are and what you need, you are vocalizing your boundaries and reclaiming yourself in the process.
“"Yesterday, we had the follow-up call for the #ManifestingPatriarchy class and the conversation there had me thinking about the ways I’ve contorted myself to try to fit into the standards and expectations that are placed on the shoulders of black girls and womxn. The ways that I’ve actively worked to make myself physically and energetically smaller. How often I’ve made unconscious choices about how I’m willing to show up in a space depending who’s in the room. How I stopped dancing around the same time I started becoming desirable to older boys and men and my body was no longer a safe place to be and partner with, but something to protect and hide." — @andrearanaej captured by @jacquelyntierney #girlgaze”
Girl Gaze: Closing the gender gap one job at a time.
Esmé Weijun Wang @esmewwang shared this stunning preview of her new website by Chelsea Dyer Studio @chelseydyerstudio yesterday. I am floored at the weaving of talent and beauty. Thank you E for allowing me to enter into this collaborative space with you. I adore you. Thank you Chelsea Dyer for bringing it all together!
For those in need of images for your websites and author/creative representation photos in 2019, I will be on the East Coast (in New York) and crossing the states in February, meeting with San Francisco the last weekend in March and settling in the canyons again into fall of 2019.
Find all updated calendar dates and contact for setting up a session here.
In Best of #PhotoVOGUE again this week.
I am always blown away by this acceptance because the talent on that platform is incredible. As I scroll through the portfolios I find myself asking, “how did they do it??” –meaning, lighting and the posing and the sets within the images of the other photographers. They are incredible, and I feel challenged in my artistry and technical skills. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be in a space like PhotoVOGUE that supports the growth of diverse artists across the globe. And, the photo selection process allows me to see what is and is not working in my work.
When I picked up a camera two years ago, I was at a point in my life when my internal foundation was cracking and I was forced to make a sharp pivot in who I was working with and the type of work I was doing. Until that point I had stopped creating for myself for six years.
In April of 2016, I went on a solo trip to Japan to revive my relationship with me AND to come home seeing differently. That trip changed my life. I attended a workshop run by Beth Kirby and Haruka Sakaguchi, and my interest in portrait photography was launched. (I had been painting portraits — and modeled for artists— years prior.)
So, it was in that summer of 2016 I continued taking portraits of a few friends. In 2017, I started receiving photo commissions here and there from long term friends and clients. And in 2018, there was small but very visible growth in my business as my vision, WHY and confidence in my choices gained considerable strength. I’m excited to see how 2019 develops.
In today’s digital age, so many artists put pressure on themselves to race out of the gates, to meet success early in their careers, but sometimes, the slow burn makes for better magic.
The slow burn gives us time to become the Master artist that we want to be.
I believe that the true artists will make their work no matter how their work is received. They need to make their work because it is how they breathe. I make this work because I wouldn’t be living — just existing — without it, and because it’s the way I am able to give experiences of beauty and healing to other women. ♥️
This was a repost from Instagram
Portraiture is medicine and healer.
Portraiture is voice and validation.
Portraiture is your present and dreams.
Portraiture is an expression of the spirit’s flame and a heart’s endurance,
of history and lineage,
human identity and celestial body,
what the eyes have witnessed and the heart has survived,
Portraiture is a visual document of your passage, journey, march, and movement.
But the problem with most portrait options today – especially for those running online businesses with meaning – is that people are trained not to show up as themselves, but to show up as one of society’s constructed dreams. People are being advised to sexualize, glamourize, fit within outdated gender boxes, and brand themselves on-trend in order to prove the value and success of their work and of themselves.
We are told and sold that if we dress and operate a certain way we will be successful, so we decide to soften our edges and fit ourselves into molds that our communities accept. We find ourselves shapeshifting into the image that we think others want to see, and in doing so we are dressing up to sell a dream that’s being sold to us.
But is that really your dream?
What would happen if you were more intentional and sensitive about the photos you participate in? How might you connect differently with your audience? Yourself? How might this open the door to go deeper with your heart and the hearts of your people -- the parts of your people you are really trying to reach?
This photographic offering is for the creatives, designers, artists and entrepreneurs, coaches and healers, sensitive spirits, magick workers, wanderers, seekers, self-actualizers, journeywomen, and those who don’t fit the mold and don’t want to fit the mold.
This photographic offering is for those who desire to express their magnificence, their voice, their message, those who want to represent themselves soulfully, deeply and the whole of who they are.
We’ll highlight your magic and full being in your sacred spaces and special corners of the earth, adorned with talismans and garments that make you feel powerful and secure, and surrounded by objects and symbols that are deeply aligned and connected with what you love and stand for.
These portraits are an experience in self-expression and self-actualization and being present as who you are with No masks. No posing. No posturing.
These portraits are the reclaiming of your voice.
These portraits are the campaign of your truths.
These portraits are a testimonial of your resilience.
These portraits are an altar to your spirit.
Welcome to my new website. I think, I might actually, write blog posts. Created for the women professionals and artists I serve.
A blend of art, interview, visuals, news and quality content. None of that one-size-fits-all regurgitated online marketing stuff.
Work that is curated from and rooted in the heart. Purely from the heart. No filters.
Written for the community.