So Julie and I began; and we began with ourselves, knowing that if we were going to ask others to share their bodies with the world, we’d better be willing to do the same! It was a great experience, as we felt the vulnerability, awkwardness, fun, doubt, and ultimate liberation of the being in front of the camera both clothed and, well, naked.
Next we put the call out for participants, and blow-me-down people responded! Some with hesitation and curiosity, some with enthusiasm and gusto, but respond they did. We booked each participant in for a studio photo shoot with Julie, and a recorded conversation with me. I had questions to prompt their thinking, and they spoke eloquently, honestly, thoughtfully, hilariously and poignantly about their journey in their body. They spoke of their experiences with the challenges of ill health, aging, beauty standards, fertility, fitness, society pressures, self-image, mind-body connection, physical ambitions, gratitude and hopes. They spoke of what they love about their bodies, how they treat their bodies, and how they experience life through their unique body conditions.
And though we recognised the importance of our stories, Perfectly Me is about each individual in their body in THIS moment in time: this age, this fitness level, this health status, this degree of happiness etc. It’s about now, more than a past story. Every single person was beautifully photographed in a unique moment of their life. Their bodies will change, the way they think and feel about their bodies will change, and the stories they tell about their bodies will change. Change is inevitable as a human, but here they are in this moment, being perfectly themselves.
So, 18 beautiful participants later, we knew it was time to put this thing together.
‘This thing’ is predominantly a book. A full colour, glossy paged, beautiful book. Each chapter includes up to 10 photos of each participant dressed first in their personal style, and then in partial or full nudity. All photos are honest depictions of these wonderful people photographed through the lens of kindness, love and acceptance.
This project and its messages of self-love and acceptance are so important – we want to share it widely, and invite the world into Perfectly Me.
So, welcome. Have a look around the site, buy the book, read the blog, and enjoy this space just as much as we do.
And be kind to your body. It’s perfectly you.