During the pandemic I fell back in love with self portraits, so much so that they now consume about 90% of the work you see on my Instagram. I say that my self portraits are a form of activism for me, allowing me to use my body to break down stereotypes that people might have about bodies that look like mine and inspire others who have bodies that look like mine to realize that they are worthy of being photographed.
I first found out about Intuition Backgrounds from my colleague Shannon K. Dougherty when she released her line of backdrops and I knew that
- I wanted to support her and..
- I wanted to move in the direction of more portrait style shooting vs. the boudoir style I’ve been shooting within the last 7 years.
Since Shannon’s release, I have now purchased 12 backdrops and 1 floor drop from Intuition Backgrounds and the variety of colors and textures I have allows me options when it comes to building my self portrait sessions.
One of the questions I get asked the most frequently is where my inspiration comes from, so today I want to share with you how I go about building a set and session because usually I start with something small and let it take on a life of its own.