So I came up with this shoot. I chose some beautiful, strong women who had recently experienced childbirth, and together, we showed the world what our bodies have done. We showed our bellies, now stretched, where we used to feel our babies kick. We showed our breasts, now less perky, where our babies were nourished. We showed our hips, now a little wider, where our bodies prepared to act as a channel for the loves of our lives to come into this world.
I chose Calvin Klein undergarments in particular for our wardrobe, because they happen to be one of the designer brands whom I’ve happen to see over the years alter body images to perfection, in which they advertise via social media and on their magazine ads.
I did not retouch a single image in any way that would mask these things, other than the simple color corrections, contrast, brightness, shadows, highlights, and saturation. I wanted to make a statement, and I wanted it to be read loud and clear: no matter what changes your body has gone through in this world, whether from pregnancy, or weight issues, or hormone changes, or otherwise, YOU are beautiful. YOU are strong. And YOU are more than good enough.
I chose post-pregnancy in particular to document this because it was a time that I personally went through the biggest change my body has seen. But my message is meant for anyone who doesn’t feel like they are beautiful enough. You are.
I dream of a day when images of all people are untouched to “flatter” their imperfections. Instead, let us embrace them. Let us show the world what are bodies have done. Every stretch mark and dimple of cellulite is a story about where you have been. Be proud of where you have been.
If I have inspired at least one person out there to walk with their head a little higher, then this story is a success.
And Mothers, be proud of your “mombods,” because they tell a story so many others wish they could tell.