Empowering Humans | Self-Love

Happy Monday, everyone!

I don't normally post blogs on Mondays, but I was feeling a little creative itch that I had to conquer before Wednesday!  I attended my 10 year family reunion in Canton, OH on Saturday and talking to old friends/colleagues really made me realizing something important about myself that I felt I needed to share with the world! 10 years ago, I wouldn't have ever guessed that I'd be where I'm at in life in the present. I wanted to be a doctor...that lasted about 6 months into college and I changed my mind.

I took a photography class towards the end of my Freshman year at Ohio State...I think it was an elective? Maybe I just chose to take it because I loved art in high school with Mrs. Miles and never got to play with a camera before?! I dabbled in it, but never thought I'd pursue it as a profession. I'll never forget Grant Fletcher who taught that class. He was a musician, an artist and a teacher. His enthusiasm and love for photography (and music too! Which is also really REALLY important to me!) really inspired me to find a "passion" of mine and roll with it. (Thanks, Grant!!!)

I graduated in 2011 from THE Ohio State University, yes...THE, with a Bachelors in Fine Arts/focus in photography. Not only did I study photography, I got to take a woodworking class, a welding class, ceramics, drawing-(I enjoyed life drawing, but still-life was really difficult for me), a cold-working glass class and really enjoyed sociology and philosophy. My thesis was about body image! Ever since then, I've been reaching for my dream of going full-time art. Inspiring people through my work and being able to communicate what it means to my viewers is always unique and incredible. Every single day is different, I work remotely and as long as I have a camera in my hands (and my motorcycle handlebars...) I'm the happiest Whitney ever.. I strive to make my art business experience and product to be "as energetic and positive as my personality"!

Fast forward to 2016. I decide it's a good idea to quit my barista job and go full-time art. Brilliant. I can't lie. I was/am 120% terrified every single day...but it's better than being miserable ;) I went for it. I started my own business with the support of my friends, family and loved ones. Has it been super profitable? Honestly, no. However, I'm incredibly 120% happy! And this "happiness" word is what this whole post is about.

I have fallen in love with making human beings feel beautiful in their own skin. I think it's the most empowering part of my job. Delivering images to a bride, a boudoir model or even just headshots; seeing my client's face light up allows me to see pure joy and almost disbelief that the images I took are even them in the first place! Moral of the story, people don't view you physically like you think they do...and even if they do...it doesn't matter! Your opinion of yourself is most important. No one else's. I love when a client comes in for their first boudoir session and already want to schedule another one before their first is even over. THAT is happiness. My happiness!

Moral of the story, love yourself wholly and accept you for you who are. If you realize you don't like that person, change it. You have a choice! That's the beautiful thing about life. You have a choice.

I am happy and want to shout it from the rooftops! I model on the side for fun. I think it's empowering to me to document my body as the years fly by. Bodies change constantly, they're always still beautiful. I think that by sharing images of me, that maybe I can inspire another person to believe in themselves mentally and physically. If this is how I "doctor," so be it! Instead of judging, take an honest inventory of yourself. Be true to yourself. Do what makes you happy and stop worrying about what everyone else will think! Follow those dreams without shame. Life is too short.