{Body Positive Adventure Portrait} Danielle Bex

Recently, I talked a little bit about the risks of movement in a larger body. In Ms. H’s hula dance portraits, you can see that the reward for her taking that risk is a beautiful, skilled, graceful performance.

Through her Instagram, Danielle Bex also demonstrates daily how joyful movement can be.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair on Waterfront

She often posts pictures there of herself doing yoga, as well as a daily twirl that really shows her own joy in her body.

For Danielle’s body positive portrait session, we struck out on an epic, day-long journey.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman in White Skirt and Music Note Boots

We started off at Seattle’s Alki Beach, twirling on the waterfront.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair Twirls near Water

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair Twirls near Water

Danielle then proved that ANYONE can feel and look amazing and confident in a bikini!

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair in Bikini near Water

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair in Bikini near Water

On our way out of town, we ducked down an alley to spend a few minutes at the Benbow Room tavern and its fabulous pirate mural.

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Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair Standing in Tutu wit

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Our real destination for the day, though, was Lake Crescent, a famously clear blue lake tucked away in the wilderness of the Olympic Mountains.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair in Forest

We explored the forest near the lake a bit…

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair in Forest

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Pink Hair in Forest

A barefoot Caucasian woman in her 30s who wears plus size clothing stands among trees in a forest in bright, partly shaded and filtered afternoon light. The green background contrasts with her bright pink hair and burgundy dress. Lighting: natural light, high key, shaded, bright, high contrast Environment: outdoors, forest, wooded, trees, wilderness, woods Themes: nature, confidence, body confidence, adventure Ethnicities, genders and abilities of note: Caucasian Location: Washington State, Pacific Northwest, United States

…then settled down for a demonstration of Danielle’s serious yoga skills.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

This woman is insanely flexible. I once asked her to lean back a bit, and she kept going…and going…and going.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

It’s plain to see the joy in her movement as she moved into each pose on the lake shore.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman Practices Yoga on Mountain Lake Sho

As the sun set, we shifted gears a bit, and Danielle spent some time looking wistful and wild at the water’s edge.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Scarf on Sunset Lake Shore

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Why should only thin women get to look like the heroine of an epic novel?

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Fat girls get to be princesses, too.

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Scarf on Sunset Lake Shore

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Positive Body Image on Sunset

Stock Photo: Plus Size Woman with Scarf on Sunset Lake Shore

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!)