When offered the opportunity to be a model for a shoot at the Icehouse a few months ago, I was both elated and terrified. Elated because I love getting in front of the camera (perhaps I watched a few too many episodes of America’s Next Top Model in high school and college); terrified because it would be my first shoot in my new skin. You see, because I’m no longer training and performing, my body has changed. I’m a little curvier and a little softer. And my deep seated insecurities weren’t sure how my new body would photograph.
But I’m in the business of doing things that scare me. Growth isn’t possible unless you challenge yourself. And when opportunity knocks, you don’t stay on the couch eating Cheetos; you get dressed up and go out.
And I’m so happy that I showed up ready to work and ready to embrace this new body, because the shots are incredible. I’m proud of them. And I’m proud of me for modeling good behavior, posing my ass off, and regaining my confidence.
To all of the photographers who were so supportive and complimentary that day, thank you for reminding me that I’m damn beautiful and I shouldn’t hide behind my insecurities.
To anyone out there looking for beautiful photography, I would recommend each and every person with whom I worked that day. Each photo in this post includes photographer credits. Jump to the end of the post for links to each photographer’s business.