Welcome, friend! I’m Stephanie. I’m super blessed to both blog at The Little Way and to photograph in Phoenix, Arizona.
I’m on a mission. I want to reclaim how women look at their bodies. Our culture is saturated with images of the female body that isolate all of us from reality and shame women into abusing their bodies. I get it because I’ve lived it too. I know how powerful that constant, subtle message of “you’re not enough” is. I know what it feels like to be faced with a magazine cover promising a happier life with the top ten ab workouts, the most effective hair products and the secret things a man wants from you.
Somehow we are only offered one extreme or the other – either chase after the unattainable, or reject “vanity” altogether. Our worldview doesn’t perpetuate healthy body image because we don’t place enough value in RECLAIMING our body contentment. Running from our love of beauty is not the answer. But what if we work against the current? What if we recreate the norm by rewriting it for ourselves?
Maybe, friends, the first step is ours.
This is a grassroots movement, an accumulating, rising force of women who are choosing joy over shame, acceptance over self hatred, contentment over desperation, strong over skinny. Dove gets it. Fitness movements get it. We get it.
This is the point of Freedom Sessions. Spend some time with me, friend. Invest in your own recovery. Come trembling and uncertain and afraid – because that’s the price we all pay. It isn’t easy to defy culture by surrendering to the lens. I’ve been on that side of it too. It isn’t easy. But it’s explosively freeing.
Come as you are. Bring your stretch marks, muffin tops, hips, bellies and thighs to the table. There is strength in rejecting the photoshopped, airbrushed mold of what makes you a beautiful person. Let’s highlight your strength, your determination, your nurturing heart that raised children, your powerful soul that has endured sorrow and loss – whatever has made you a woman of grace. Lets bring that to the world. Because we all need it. We need to stand up for each other. We need to stand up WITH each other.
This wild revolution of beauty is not rooted in perfectionism. It is sown, planted, watered and drawn to life by US. You and me. Our daughters and neighbors and coworkers.
Culture follows us, friend. If we’re not buying the lie, they can’t sell it.
Lets do your Freedom Session and then lets tell your story.
Visit the Contact Us page to book your Freedom Photo Session!
*All photo sessions take place in Phoenix, Arizona. A few times a year I get to schedule sessions in other parts of the country and I’ll always post information on our Facebook fan page!