We are so beautiful, us women, us mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters…aren’t we?  

Yet so many of us don’t see our ourselves that way.  What happens when we see our own shining beauty?   When does it happen?  is it because others love us, cherish us, or value us for more that our external beauty?  Do we shine when we are filled with purpose and belonging?  Do all women struggle with seeing themselves as valuable beyond physical or sexual beauty,?  How about beyond mothering?  Do we all falter in the self-worth department?   My experience says yes. I would love for my stories of women to hold women and mamas up high shining glorious and proud for all that we do and bring to the table, artists, farmers, cooks, dancers, politicians, plumbers, poets, nannies, and so much more!  Thank you Matta for letting me take so many photos of you!   Thank you also for being so candid, honest and vulnerable.

I enjoyed watching your beauty, powerful, creative, passionately devoted to your daughter, to our land, to your art and your beliefs, to your friends and your duty.   You played hard, took punches, and opened your heart at every turn.  Your beauty is strong, burning, and vulnerable all at the same time.DSC_1767DSC_1766

What are the stories of mothers?

How do we express the entwinement of the gift of giving life, the joy, the intense embodiment and attachment, the sharing of mutual need and sensuality, with the loss of self, the struggle to prove female worth and contribution, the challenges around safety, belonging, beauty, relationship with partner, self and society?  i am interested in these stories, through the body positivity movement, and even beyond into an expression of autonomy, belonging and contribution….DSC_1637 (1) DSC_1607 (1) DSC_1751 (1) DSC_1558 (1) DSC_1646 (1)


And we go down to the river to pray….
I want to become a regional photographer for a beautiful body project, do you know about it?

Celebrating women and mothers and their natural beauty!

What happens when we feel belonging in place, when we can go down to the river to pray and see our selves, our own bodies in the arms of mother nature, see ourselves, both whole and perfect, and intimately linked to all life?  This summer at Firemaker, it was hot and dry, there was a fire ban, instead, we found ourselves all down by the river.  I felt, down there, something, I think we all felt, somehow linked to this essential source, drinking, bathing, resting, connecting, buoyed up by our own mother.
Thank you beautiful Laura Jesson Love for letting me take and share these pictures of your gloriousness! I have had the incredible pleasure of getting to know you and your two sons by this river at a Primitive Skills gathering we attend every summer.  You have inspired me by your commitment to knowing yourself, being totally in your body, by reaffirming daily your passion for life, compassion for self and others, and your loving-kindness towards your children and their growing needs.  These photos capture for me your freedom and ease with your body, your attunement to nature, especially the water element, and above all the sweet pleasure of sharing your time and love for water with your sons down by the river.

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