Something I had been wanting to do for a long time was to get out in nature, get naked bare, get a little dirty, and have some photos taken. Right as I most craved this experience, I stumbled on the Instagram page of Shane Gardner, through our mutual friend, Chris Ryan. He was taking the kind of pictures that I wanted to see myself in, and so a conversation began. Our conversations seemed heartfelt and intense, in the way that he just wanted to make art, and make beauty. I made sure he understood that I was not a 6 foot tall “perfect stick thin” model, not that I find that to be perfection at all. I think that the finished product was lovely, despite his lack of professional interest during and after the shoot. I think I look rather scrumptious and naturally sexy.
I think it’s important that a mother of 2, with stretch marks, fat, and cellulite, someone who is definitely not a model, gets to see oneself in such a magical way. Shane definitely captured the vibe that I was feeling in several of the photos. I may not be as thin or picture perfect as the typical model in his photos, but I love my strong and healthy body. I love my curves, and tattoos, and softness, and muscles. I think I still got it. 🙂
Although I would not recommend him for a first timer, or anyone needing a lot of direction, or anyone with “imperfections” You can Check out his work with more professional models on his website: http://www.thethingsiveseen.com I think a lot of his work is beautiful, but I think its even more important to be transparent about the experience, before and after.
if anyone has any questions about the experience, please email me for details.
His Instagram: https://instagram.com/shane_william_gardner/