{Body Positive Boudoir} Ms. H

Each experience throughout our lives becomes part of us, in some small way.

Siren H boudoir, Seattle, WA, September 2016

When we think of our lives changing us, we generally think of it as a metaphorical or emotional change.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Invisible Disability

But sometimes those changes are physical — for good or ill.

Siren H boudoir, Seattle, WA, September 2016

When Ms. H came to me for a boudoir session, I knew she had a number of self harm scars. I let her know that I could help her pose to hide them, but that I wouldn’t digitally erase them from her skin. (To honor the bodies that exist in the real world, I only touch out acne and similar temporary blemishes.)

Siren H boudoir, Seattle, WA, September 2016

Ms. H, however, not only was okay with her scars — she wanted to showcase them. They’re part of her life experience, and the physical manifestation of events that changed her inside as well.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Invisible Disability

In fact, she even incorporated the scars into the design of her sleeping cat tattoo.

A Caucasian woman in her 30s who wears plus size clothing lies on a bed; only her hair and arm are shown. She has red hair and a tattoo reading "Courageous." This woman lives with an invisible disability and has self harm scars on her arms. Lighting: natural light, continuous light, LED light, low key Environment: indoors Themes: disability, self harm, self image, self esteem, body image, mental health Ethnicities, genders and abilities of note: Caucasian, Canadian, person with disability, invisible disability, PTSD, self harm, anxiety, panic attack, bipolar, depression Location: Washington State, Pacific Northwest, United States

Her other tattoos read “Survivor” and “Courageous.”

A Caucasian woman in her 30s who wears plus size clothing lies on a bed; only her hair and arm are shown. She has red hair and a tattoo reading "Survivor." This woman lives with an invisible disability and has self harm scars on her arms. Lighting: natural light, continuous light, LED light, low key Environment: indoors Themes: disability, self harm, self image, self esteem, body image, mental health Ethnicities, genders and abilities of note: Caucasian, Canadian, person with disability, invisible disability, PTSD, self harm, anxiety, panic attack, bipolar, depression Location: Washington State, Pacific Northwest, United States

Truth.

Siren H boudoir, Seattle, WA, September 2016

Siren H boudoir, Seattle, WA, September 2016

xoxo,

Lindley

(P.S. Body positive bloggers and business owners take note: A selection of the photos from this session is available at Diverse Stock Photos!)