Client Spotlight: Aga with Choose Clarity
The 'Modern' Family Home Video
“My goal is to create a platform helping mothers of young children connect with each other and experience the shared humanity which makes every struggle easier. Also, I am passionate about supporting moms connecting with themselves. This is very challenging for us women, used to carrying for others and having less space for ourselves.
My ultimate goal is to shine a light on motherhood and make it more appreciated by our culture. “
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2019: "Come as You Are"
“Today our family looks different, we have added another sweet boy, we are older, and life continues to take us down different paths. But thanks to Amy, we will always have this day, this sunny afternoon, and that is something I truly cherish.”
Motherhood Photo Session Outfit Guide Inspiration
When I heard about this year’s NEDA theme, Come as You Are, I thought it resonated and related to the work/photo sessions I love to do, and I want to spread awareness and cultivate community by offering short sessions like the theme suggests. To just show up as you are. And I’d love to tell your story. And by the way, I do photograph and market to womxn most often, but as stated by NEDA, this photo session is for all people, at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery, including those those whose stories have not been widely recognized. This is my way to offer you an opportunity to share your story, see yourself in other’s stories, and recognize that your experiences are valid and welcome. And to also walk away with a portrait that is true to who you are in this stage of your life.
You Are Enough - Reflecting on my presentation
Focus on linens, knits, and sheer fabrics. Look for texture, subtle colors, loose (ie comfy!) textiles and shapes that flatter YOUR body. A relaxed fit, so that you feel comfortable to move around but still look and feel beautiful.
A bit about Amy
I was asked to step outside of my comfort zone, and I am so proud that I said “yes” and pushed through the fear. Lean in Seattle group invited me to be a speaker for their monthly meeting to talk about my project and on the topic “you are enough.” I’ve never given a big speech, though I have been on stage since the third grade. Being in front of people wasn’t the hard part—the hardest part was the pressure that I put on myself to make it “worth it”. This topic means SO much to me, because it’s rooted in my own story.
"Taking control of who I Truly Am"
I’m being bombarded by messages that constantly tell me that I’m not enough. In many aspects. I’m not making 6-figures like she is. I’m not fit like she is. I’m not taking enough time to look as put together as she does. Am I ENOUGH? As I figure this out for myself, I help show other women that they are, indeed, enough through photography. I can see the ways other women are strong, successful, and beautiful—when she cannot see it in herself. I am constantly searching to prove to myself that I am my best self at 26.
Client Spotlight: Gretchen Shanks
I’m the biggest control freak you’ll ever meet. My image, what I share with people, how I walk through my day, even life. Ask my boyfriend, it’s a challenge to get me to let go of my control. But I’ve found that when I do let go of my control, I take control of who I truly am. Maybe that makes sense, or maybe it doesn’t but Amy’s Me project gave me an opportunity to let go of my false sense of control and gain control and power in who I truly am. So despite every initial reaction, I took the opportunity and became the 50th woman to be photographed.
How the Just Me project changed me
Gretchen is one of many women I have met through Mellicia Marx. Mellicia owns Poplin Style Direction, and is incredible at finding clothing that supports every unique body, lifestyle, and personality. When I photographed her, Gretchen was transitioning into her newest passion and career as a sex and dating coach. Her website and business have been live for a few months, and she is accepting clients!
"Just Me" Experience (her thoughts)
I knew that because of this project I was viewing other women and the world around me with less judgement and more love/understanding. This project has opened my eyes to all of the beauty and beautiful people that surround me every day. I am SO thankful for that. Why couldn't I give that same non-judgment and love to myself?
"Just Me" Experience Testimonial
It was all very eye-opening and sort of made me feel like my entire life has been a lie. I could've been wearing minimal make-up this entire time and people wouldn't have cared either way! So yeah, that being said, I'm going to continue to embrace my face in its more natural state and remind myself that I'm perfectly acceptable just the way I am.
"I saw you" (a poem)
I have struggled with self love and self acceptance for as long as I can remember. Over the past 15 years I've put my body through physical and emotional hell, through countless diets, pills and painful "shapewear" to make myself look thinner.
What we fail to realize that who we allow in our sacred space are the ones who should feel honored. We are goddess that were created to carry the burdens that many would parish from the weight.