Self-empowerment is a concept we highly value at Photography by Krisleen and one of the goals we reach for during our photo sessions. Body image and self-esteem are closely connected to personal empowerment, which is why we use boudoir photography to boost body positivity.
Self-empowerment is stepping out of whatever victim role or situation we think we are stuck in and taking actionable steps toward freedom. It’s taking back our power from someone or something who took it without consent.
Having low self-esteem and negative perceptions of our bodies is a major hindrance to our well-being. It’s hard to feel happy and confident when we are comparing ourselves to everyone else. And yes, we know full well that we shouldn’t be doing it, but it seems almost impossible not to when the standard is so unattainable and always right in front of our nose.
Voices in our heads
Have you ever been scrolling through Instagram or flipping through a magazine and heard that voice in your head saying:
- Why can’t my skin be smooth like that?
- OMG, I could NEVER wear those shorts!
- Maybe I should try that diet?
It’s an incredible challenge to feel confident in a culture that embraces an unreasonable body type as the “norm.” The average clothing size for women in the United States today is between 16 and 20… but I bet you thought it was a lot smaller. We’re being sold a lie that beauty is only for a select few and that we need to change our bodies to fit the standard. To be good enough.
Even when we’re a size many people would dream of, our perceived imperfections call out loudly. Acne, stretch marks, frizzy hair, eye width… you name it. We have been programmed to examine and critique every square inch of ourselves.
I have been astounded when people I think of as absolutely perfect confide in me that they consider themselves ugly, or put themselves down. It doesn’t matter who we are or what we look like, too many of us don’t see our own beauty.
We didn’t ask for these unrealistic expectations, but we don’t have to sit in the bleachers, wistfully watching the “perfect” bodies enjoy their robust life. It’s time to take our power back.
Reconnect with your body
This is why I get so jazzed photographing women of all sizes. Watching a client transform from doubtful to confident in a single session fuels my passion for what I do. During our shoot, you will reconnect with your body, see new parts of yourself that you didn’t realize were so attractive and take back your power to own your own beauty.
How is your journey toward self-love going? This is our year to find more enjoyment in our lives, be happier, and fall deeper in love with ourselves. It would be my honor to assist you in reclaiming your power and reconnecting with your inner goddess. I promise I will be with you and supporting you every step of the way.