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Self Acceptance


My journey is one towards self love and self acceptance. It is difficult at times, rewarding at others. A big chunk of my growth in this area comes in the ways I choose to appreciate my body and physical appearance.

I met Boon Ong when I posed nude for an Off-Beat Figure Drawing session, which was a big step for me in being seen as I am. He photographed that session with such dramatic flair, and I have been inspired by his work ever since.

Boon recently took these photographs of me. At first, I wasn’t going to share these, but I don’t feel like I have anything to hide. In reality, I honour the human body, including my own (despite the protesting voices in my head right now). And so, I share these with you. Yes, they are nudes. Don’t click the link if you don’t want to see them. And if you do, make sure to listen to the music Boon has chosen, too.

Here’s what Boon said about this session:
“This session is extraordinary special to me. The first consultation was in May and since then, her story kept lingering in mind for months. Hearing her saying how she dislikes her body, just like everyone telling me how they are not readied, actually aches my heart and it deeply influenced my creating process. I am so proud of her for taking that step, yet so glad and honour that I am the one who photograph. This is the truly the most simple, raw and honest beauty of a boudoir.”

Thank you, Boon. I feel honoured.

Here's the post: http://boonongfiguratif.com/2015/12/03/calgary-boudoir-photography-acceptance/


Self-Portrait Thursday

Still going strong with the 365 Project, but I am falling behind with sharing it on the blog! I am still enjoying the project, but finding it difficult to break free of the head+shoulders shots. Here’s the latest installment.

PicMonkey Collage

Self Portrait Thursday

I haven’t given up on the 365 Project yet… whew! It’s still fun, and still challenging. I did miss one day, and I feel like it’s cheating to make up for it by taking two in one day, so I guess this is really the 364 Project. I kind of like the mistake, because it gives me another opportunity to embrace my non-perfectionist side, if that makes any sense!

Here’s the next installment of self portraits!

PicMonkey Collage

To see my other self portraits, click here.

Self Portrait Thursday

For several years, I have thought about attempting the 365 Project; it involves taking a photo (it can be a self-portrait, but it doesn’t have to be) everyday, and posting it to a site like flickr. It seems challenging and I like the idea of having a collection of self-portraits at the end. My wonderful friend Mandy did two full years of the project, and I found her photographs to be so inspiring and delightfully creative.

On January 1st, I took a self-portrait with my iPhone, and decided then and there that I would jump right in.

Here is what I have so far, and let me tell you, it is really challenging to come up with unique and interesting ways to take a self-portrait! Let me know what you think so far!

PicMonkey Collage

Self Portrait Thursday

I had fun messing around with this one! I only took one photo this time (compared to almost 20 last time – yikes!)

Self-Portrait Thursday (or: a peek into my brain)

Sometimes it might be Wednesday. Or Monday. Whatever day I feel like doing a self-portrait. I’ve never had an issue with drawing or painting myself , but when it comes to photos, they just never seem right, and I wonder why I am even doing it. This should be a good opportunity for me to care less about how I look in a photograph. Ha!! Hahahha!! Or it could be a failed experiment right from the get-go. I’m already judging this – why would anyone want to see a photograph of me? Why would anyone want to see a photograph of me on a regular basis? Why am I doing this? Why am I so vain? Am I so vain?  I love seeing self-portraits on the blogs I read regularly, so why do I have all these insecurities? And on and on…