PHYSICALITY #bodyconfidence (The Flash)

Here at the #30DatesBlog it’s Body Confidence Week, and it’s time for Flash, our resident photographer to contribute ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Firstly with a short post about the best way to make a subject’s body look great. ย I’ll post her second, more personal post in a second, but I definitely recommend clicking on the India.Arie music video selected by The Flash too ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Miss Twenty-Nine xxx

Body confidence is an issue close to my heart.

As a photographer of bodies (that sounds weird, eh? I mean during weddings … and sometimes in peopleโ€™s bedrooms, but more of that another time… ย I can honestly say that everybody looks good when theyโ€™re confident!

Almost without fail, people always say to me before a photoshoot that they donโ€™t look good in pictures, and donโ€™t photograph well.

I never believe them.

And, to date, Iโ€™ve never had someone who was right.

Iโ€™ve found that if you can draw a woman out, and give her the permission to enjoy herself and feel good in her own skin, that character and personality is what makes a person shine and makes their bodies look great.
Itโ€™s one of the biggest tragedies that women arenโ€™t allowed to truly enjoy their own bodies in this society.
Think about it, when did you last feel able to say โ€œI look great in this dress!โ€ out loud, without following it with a self-deprecating comment?
Interviews with female celebrities in style magazines almost always contain the killer question: โ€œWhat would you change about your body?โ€.
Weโ€™re conditioned to feel bad about ourselves, and see it as arrogant to be at all proud about looking good. ย How ridiculous is that?!

Iโ€™ve got lots more to say, so I will separate out my personal feelings about my own body into a second post. And one about the representation of women in the media and how images are made. But for now Iโ€™ll leave you with this wonderful song from India Arie which I think beautifully demonstrates body confidence!
(Southern Belle and Miss29: “Sometimes I shave my legs and sometimes I donโ€™t…It really just depends on whatever feels good to my soul.โ€ ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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