This photo session with Anastasia taught me how uniquely each person reacts in front of the camera. We made a date, and she arrived mentally prepared for just about anything, but when the time came to undress, she started to feel uncomfortable and wasn’t sure if she could go on. I reminded her that it was totally her call and I left the room to give her a few moments to herself. When I came back, she was sitting on the floor wearing a camisole and underwear and still unsure about what she wanted to do. Since we were in a room with a camera set up just for that purpose, I proposed to take a few photos of her anyways, just like that, but as soon as I disappeared behind the camera she made up her mind and removed the last pieces of clothing.
What happened next really surprised me. I didn’t tell her what to do or how to pose, I only suggested she try to feel her way into different positions according to how she was feeling. Once the ice was broken, she seemed incredibly comfortable in front of the camera, in fact, her poses were creative and natural, and clearly she was having fun playing the game of shifting positions to expose her body from different angles. I was quite touched by how easily she was able to move around while I took the pictures. She did not look like someone who was ashamed of her curves. What I was seeing was someone who lived fully in her body from the inside out.
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.
Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form.
Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
― Jim Carrey
5 thoughts on “Anastasia (series) – III”
Loved this and she is beautiful
Thank you! Isn’t she beautiful? It was such a pleasure to draw her lovely curves… it helped me to appreciate my own curves!
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I linked your blog in one of my posts. I hope that’s ok. I think when it comes to body and body image you are so inspirational. I may be buying what I need to draw. I just don’t know if my hands because of my MS can do that.
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Thank you u2hearts! And yaaaay! Please do give this a try if you’re feeling up to it. I totally understand about your hands as I have a friend with MS who has a shaky hand, but she does her best to draw when she is able to! Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need support. Nothing makes me happier than accompanying people through this process!
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