Body positive boudoir photography was my prime focus back when I operated my studio in Brooklyn. Upon my relaunch in Texas back in 2017, I needed to connect with models who appreciated the importance of this type of work.
Also, I needed to connect with models who’d understand how I‘d use such images to promote wellness and body positivity while recovering.
When I first met Alicia, she was recovering from a severe illness brought on by challenges she had experienced with her sense of body image.
She enjoyed my vision and wanted to contribute her time to the cause of health and body positivity. Plus, Alicia was in need of proof of just how far she‘d come and also proof of just how strong she is.
A few weeks later Alicia had approached me with an idea she’d like to bring to life for when she felt she was ready to face her greatest challenge.
I loved the goofiness of her idea and knew how empowering it would be to execute.
To confront and desensitize oneself from the triggers would represent the ultimate thing she‘d need to feel a closure to her journey. She wanted me to document it.
Months later we were at the Heart of Texas motel in Austin, ready to bring life to her idea.
But first, she needed to build up to the moment, to face her fears and to fight against herself.
Confronting Her Fear
The first half of our boudoir photo shoot was devoted to that. Here are select images from the first half of our session.
The second half of our session involved Cheetos and a cupcake.
First the preparation.
A quick stop at Walmart before the session led to this.
Alicia and I had spent months planning this out – from idea to execution. I was so happy to see this young woman laugh at what had been, in years past, a significant challenge to her well being; her relationship to food.
In the months ahead I plan on dedicating a post on this part of our session which I call, The Reward is Cheese.
We ran out of Cheetos so I improvised in photoshop. Check out selected shots.
Alicia has become a trusted member of my team. In addition to being a model she’s also an amazing makeup artist.
She has since become someone who I regard as a trusted friend.
I am so proud of my friend.