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The Beautiful Woman Sessions

"A consequence of female self-love is that the woman grows convinced of social worth. Her love for her body will be unqualified, which is the basis of female identification. If a woman loves her own body, she doesn't grudge what other women do with theirs; if she loves femaleness, she champions its rights. It's true what they say about women: Women are insatiable. We are greedy. Our appetites do need to be controlled if things are to stay in place. If the world were ours too, if we believed we could get away with it, we would ask for more love, more sex, more money, more commitment to children, more food, more care. These sexual, emotional, and physical demands would begin to extend to social demands: payment for care of the elderly, parental leave, childcare, etc. The force of female desire would be so great that society would truly have to reckon with what women want, in bed and in the world."

-Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth


When I asked Terisa why she wanted to do this session with me, she simply responded,

"I just turned 35 years old, and I don't think I've honestly ever felt more secure with myself and my body. And I want to remember exactly how I feel, right now. This is my birthday gift to myself."

My heart and soul goes out to all of the beautiful women out there who have worked hard to take their power back and to love themselves against all opposing factors. We aren't necessarily trained to comfortably embrace our sexuality; our wild, our fire. Being true and honest and unforgivingly authentic isn't always made easy for people, women especially. We are scorned for it; accused of being selfish or made to feel less-than because of it. I applaud you all, and I encourage you to answer those calls when they come.. you, your daughters, and everyone around you deserve that version of you. And if ever you want to document it, you know where I am. 



same night storytelling session: the Phillips Family, Québec

A few months ago, Teri contacted me for a Storytelling Session with her family. Being an ex-pat photographer herself, I was flattered and honored to capture her gorgeous American-inQuébec family for her!

This was one of those sessions where you get home immediately following and mean to choose only a few to send to your client, but you just can't help yourself from going through all of them.. and blogging it at one o'clock in the morning. I can still feel the damp grass all over my legs.. A sunny summer evening with Teri and Scott and their two gorgeous children was exactly what I needed right now. 

Thank you both for letting me into your life and helping you tell a small part of your story together. 



Swing Bazar

We spent the evening last Friday at a neighbor's for a private show with the Québec City jazz manouche band, Swing Bazar.. I don't know if it's because my grandfather played the accordion when I was growing up, or because it reminds me of my Brooklyn years hanging out at the French bar-restaurant Bar Tabac, but I could listen to these guys on a regular basis. They are all so talented and are playing often in the Québec area, so if you haven't seen them before, I highly recommend making it out for one of their shows! 

On était chez un voisin vendredi soir passé pour un show privé avec la bande jazz manouche de Québec, Swing Bazar.. Je ne sais pas si c'est parce que mon grand-père a joué l'accordion quand j'étais jeune, ou parce que ça me r'appelle de mes années à Brooklyn quand on a fréquenté le bar-resto Français Bar Tabac, mais je pourrais les écouter tout le temps! Ils sont très talentueux et ils jouent à Québec souvent, alors si vous ne les avez pas encore vu, je vous les recommande fortement!