Almost two years ago, touched by numerous events and musing in my life, I almost manically visioned a dream of the future.
I created, wrote, and designed a whole concept and application of honoring the Scared Feminine through photography. I wanted to make a way for a process of individuation (see Carl Jung) of a woman to incorporate the larger archetypical aspects of herself....the empress, the high priestess, and embodiment of all that she is. In this process I saw the power behind photography able to capture this moment of wholistic embodiment, to serve as a reminder for all time.
Here are a few note entries I wrote down in my journal from that dreaming time:
A sacred ritual and photography session all in one, to embody and cherish the transformational power of the sacred feminine.
Combining self exploration, archetype reflection, self love affirmations, tarot, and goddess personification gives you an experience of pampering, self appreciation, growth, and personal power manifested.
This photoshoot is a ritual to bring you back to yourself.
After my brain storming, I went so far as to make up a webpage for this session, and design the promotional materials.
Once all this work was completed, I sat back in awe of it all, and said to myself, “Now isn’t the time for this.” As much as I wanted to push forward with all the work I just had produced, I knew in my deepest gut that I needed to wait.
As deflating as this was, there was a huge part of this equation that was still missing. I needed a healer, a wise woman, a seer, the other part of this session. Many beautiful women came to mind, but none gave me the gut “YES” I was looking for. So, the idea was laid gently to sleep, a lover I barely knew.
I never forgot about the goddess in my drawer of notes; she lay there sleeping.
I started exploring this concept more for my own self beginning in the spring of this year. I played with my own identity, my own higher self, my own goddess embodiment. Not to push my idea, but because it’s what my own soul was seeking.
Here are some of the photos I took during that time. Each a different goddess, a different feeling, a different power, a small part that makes up the greater me.
Then, on August 2nd I was introduced to the woman who I had been subconsciously looking for.
This is a photo from that day, the first time April and I met.
April Jay of Resilience Reiki asked to have coffee with me. I eagerly agreed, and then mistakenly showed up 4 hours early (I was too eager) for our coffee date. When we did finally meet, April, this woman who feels like the warmest hug you’ve ever experienced, repeated back to me my own idea.
I sat there dumbfounded by the words she spoke. Every part, every detail, completely in line with my vision from the past. She was the healer, needing a photographer to make her own vision come true. Was is divine destiny that we found one another? You couldn’t convince me otherwise.
The rest from there was easy. She had her program in place, taking on 6 women to heal and transform over 5 weeks. Her session’s include card reading, dousing, guided meditations, reiki and channeling. A powerhouse bundle of deep, soul healing.
To conclude her 1:1 sessions with each woman, a group ceremony was the grand finale, bringing community healing and sisterhood to each woman. A perfect place to offer my own gifts.
We spent time laughing, crying, eating, meditating, healing and bonding together. Then, we played. Each woman was given a beautiful gown, one which she felt most closely aligned with her highest self.
The rest doesn’t call for much explanation. I hope in viewing these photos, you feel the power, joy, peace and sacredness that lay in each woman pictured. All the same that lies within you.
April and I are currently dreaming up our next vision together. There will be more from us. I throughly believe this is a necessity within our culture right now. People are craving connection, embodiment, healing and vulnerability. If April and I can be the conduits of such healing, you can trust we will do so.
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It’s time for a new blog post, and this one is going to be a look behind the scenes on location with Nicole Burron.
Nicole is a regular client of mine, who I treasure deeply. We became connected completely randomly through Instagram. She actually started following me which came to my surprise when I saw that she has 55K followers! I quickly tapped into her stories to find that in very moment she was looking for a new photographer. So I quickly slid into her DM‘s, and the rest is history.
Since then we’ve had several shoots at many amazing locations together. Nicole and I have found the perfect balance between friendship and client, as well as creative control and respecting the other person’s vision. Sometimes you just CLICK. I found time and time again that when the soul connection with a client is strong the photos just come nothing short of fantastic.
Because Nicole is an astrologer when she told me this shoot’s theme was Scorpio, I might have screamed “YES” from the top of my lungs. - I’m a Scorpio Sun and in my true Scorpio self, love anything related to myself. (LOL)
With dresses and costumes in hand, Nicole, Michelle and I trekked out to the water early one morning to ensure we got a nice moody, dark vibe. Unfortunately, it was exceptionally bright and exceptionally cold that morning. You’d never be able to tell from the after photos: take a look below!
Lights, camera, action!
Self portraits have been such a source of creative inspiration for me over the years. When I was first diving back into photography much more seriously, I was a stay at home mom with little access to models at my creative whim. The obvious solution to this problem was to photograph the things I did have around which was my son, my cat, my beauty products and myself.
The thing that makes self portraits so exciting is also exactly what makes them a difficult beast. When I’m taking photos of my clients I can adjust the frame, angle, depth, composition, as well as tell the subject to move into a more flattering pose. With self portraits I had none of this. It was a blind test, with a real emphasis on just crossing my fingers that one will come out flattering and in focus.
Since those days I’ve learned some really great tricks to make this process SO much easier. I’ve also upgraded my equipment since then. I will go over both later on. So, lets get on with it!