I was always fairly certain that what I was trying to achieve with this project was worthwhile, but the shoot on Sunday 100% confirmed this!
Each woman, with her own insecurities, her own goals, her own type of confidence and her own expectations, entered the studio on Sunday for what would been an incredibly, fun, nerve-racking and highly emotional day.
At 7am on Sunday the 12th of July, we set up our gear at Total Photographic Supplies Studio in Kent Town, Adelaide. We put out the Tim Tams, muffins and fruit and cranked up that ever eclectic (mostly 90's) music that's always sure to put anyone in a good mood!
We had the amazing Natasha Keneally again heading hair and makeup for each woman and making sure they felt comfortable and confident in themselves before each of the ladies stepped in front of my camera.
This shoot was particularly special as we were also filming for the promo video for the project. The entire day was a crazy experience for each woman and for me too. Not only being photographed but filmed also! I never could have predicted how emotional and special the day would be. I feel like I've formed life long friendships with these previously complete strangers. Their stories, their bodies, their journeys, all so incredibly diverse and incredibly special. I will forever remember this day and these exceptional women!
So a HUGE thank you goes out to the eight ladies that came in on Sunday the 12th of July to not just participate in the project but in the promotion and education of this message. A message the talks of body diversity and body acceptance. A message that says, this is me and this is ok. A message that talks of the importance of self-love and respect for others too!
With the help of each individual woman and her story that is told through the shape of her body and etched on her skin, we can start to show people the true diversity of the physical body among women today!
For a behind the scenes look at Sundays shoot, you can follow us on Instagram at @underneath_we_are_women and Like us on Facebook.
As always, many thanks to you all.