Me 30+ weeks pregnant, 29 years old | photo by Model Citizen Photography
I’ve never really struggled with how I look though I have had to battle with unwanted and hurtful comments about my weight, or lack thereof. Comments about how skinny I am have always got me quite defensive. Even now having put on an extra 10 kilos during my pregnancy I’ve had people say how much better I look with this extra weight than I did before. I’m not sure why anyone feels it necessary to make comments like these. I loved my body at 42 kilos and I still love my body 52 kilos and 30+ weeks pregnant. I’m sure I’ll still love my body post-baby – regardless of what it looks like to anyone else. If I’m at peace and accepting of who I am, and how I am, it puzzles me that others seem to take so much interest in providing a commentary of their thoughts. When I came across this Beauty At Any Age project I knew I wanted to be involved not just to document my beauty at this age and stage but to be part of the larger dialogue that the project creates about beauty and body image.
So a few weeks ago I stepped in to help a Dunedin-based photographer, Hayley from Model Citizen Photography, for this passion project of hers. Hayley has began this project to capture the essence of a woman’s beauty from age 0-100+ years. For the moment she’s looking for women based in Dunedin, she has managed to fill a few of the ages but there’s still a lot more spaces to be filled. The aim of the project is to photograph and interview (in the form of a brief questionnaire) women of all ages and different backgrounds to explore the different relationships that exist between them. The shoot doesn’t cost you anything. Hayley will help you pick out clothing as well as give you direction in the photos if you need it. She has also teamed up with JC Beauty Co to help with a little hair and make-up. You’ll also receive a free print from your shoot as a thank you as well as another session for you to use at a later stage. There isn’t a minimum spend requirement. Hayley provides all the details here if you’re interested or curious.
Let’s try to be a little more intentional and courteous about the words that come out of our mouths about other people and be kinder to ourselves with the words we use on who we are and how we are.