I am back in Canada and last week had time with a couple of friends to capture some of the beauty of fall colors and also some images of ourselves in the fall beauty and pushing the boundaries.
Since starting to share my project Raw, Naked and Beautiful – people have been sending me messages of inspiration and also wanting to participate somehow – I see a road trip coming up in 2018!!
And I see much more energy focused in that direction – it is yelling at me that it is needed and wanted.
It has been fun seeing some beautiful spots of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia and also seeing some of the many trails I spent walking with my dog Spirit – who passed last December – this is the first time I am really back in this area. I have felt like I’ve been chasing the light – tall cedars, fall, coolness and beautiful colors – much fun!.
After our first day of shooting – staying with my friend we uploaded some of the photos and started looking at them – it’s interesting – (good choice of words eh?) looking at photos of yourself, semi nude and nude.
Contracting when feeling self limiting – Photo by Sandra Wagman
Seeing what comes up.
Surrendering to what is has become the new theme – waving the red flag – symbolizing love especially love of self and our body.
Waving the Flag – Photo by Sandra Wagman
We truly do have that choice each day, each moment in all that we think and do – starting with ourselves.
It’s truly breaking free from the self imposed bondage and limitations of me.
It’s been an interesting trip back to Canada – grateful I am here but can’t wait to get back to the warm sun!
Shoot me a message or stay in touch as to how and where the Raw, Naked and Beautiful project unfolds – as many women are needed for it!
Looking Back one Last Time – Photo by Sandra Wagman
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This was the project I started earlier this year, but with travelling and moving it didn’t stay in the front of my projects. Also trying to find locations as I don’t have a studio hasn’t always been easy to shoot mostly nudes. Now that the weather is rainy, grey and cold well lets just say it ain’t beach weather!!
I’m shifting gears a little with the project as I am moving forward with it no matter what – it’s like my Sou’s urging, one of them, to do this – I know it is needed now more than ever with 40% of 9 year old girls either have been or on a diet and that is just in Canada…..WTH?? I think back to what I was doing at 9 years old and I was playing with dolls or out climbing trees. I was not dieting, I was too busy out side playing to do that, it’s a big sign of how the times have changed and what is going on in our culture.
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I’ve only had the honour of shooting a handful of ladies so far, who have also shared their stories for the book that it will turn into – and the body issues, self esteem issues and even one’s relationship with food as I know many, many women struggle with this.
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I must say they are brave, bold and beautiful as I know myself personally what comes up for me when it’s time to expose my body. It is much easier now as on purpose I have gone to the nude beach to over come any issues. When being photographed and attention is really directed on me, I pay attention to what I am feeling and have started asking why? Why do I feel ashamed, shy or embarrassed?
Dam, I’m almost 51 years old, you would have thought I would have been over this, yet the lingering effects of disordered eating and not feeling good enough most of my life……..the programming. Much stats with television and the commercials – which I just recently heard this and love it
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Television – Tells Lies to YOUR Vision……..
Magazines – OMG the ads in there and I could go on!
Anyway, as my new journey begins there will be many photos and stories of beautiful women and their stories on overcoming body issues, self esteem issues and food issues.
Raw, Naked and Beautiful is not about nudity – it’s about being real, authentic and of course beautiful no matter when in the nude, bathing suit, fully dressed or anything in between – it’s not vanity or ego driven!
Everything is Energy. These ways of living, feeling and being lower our vibration, create much self judgment, low self love and when we heal this within ourselves and can help other’s do the same we come closer to who we truly our – Energy of unconditional Love having a Human experience.
It’s time to raise the vibration within us and on our planet – the world needs us to step up and start shining our light so we can light someone close to us and keep it going so it’s bright bright bright!!
So, I so look forward to bringing photos of beautiful women and some great stories starting soon!!
Create that feeling within of being beautiful, empowered and full of self love!!
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We are heading out on a road trip today. It’s been a crazy, amazing time leading up to this moment and I’ve been so present in what I have been doing that I gave very little time to thinking about this trip – more about all of that in another post.
As we make our way down to Florida and back over a couple of months I want to connect with women who would like to have a private photo session either just for themselves or to be part of my book coming up – Raw, Naked and Beautiful.
I am looking for women who want to be part of the Conscious Feminine to share their stories of their journey of coming back to more of themselves, more love, more self love and are body proud!!!
I have been receiving messages from the women who I have been doing nude photography sessions with on how much it has furthered their journey, empowered them, healed them and more.
The more love and self love we can bring back and embody is powerful!!
It’s time to take back our power!
Are there other ways? Of course, but this is one powerful way too, it may not speak to you but the women who have gone down the path of an eating disorder or similar, have had body issues, self esteem issues and who have bought into the lies by the advertising, media and more that we aren’t enough, nor good enough or again similar will get this!!
Please pass this on and or reach out to me as I would love to connect with you if this is resonating with you!!
I don’t know when it really started for me but I remember at the age of 13 years old being in my grandparents kitchen and my mom had me measure my thighs and she did the same, then kind of laughed at me saying her thighs were thinner.
Little did I know at the time my mom had strong anorexic tendencies then. That was the ‘70’s before internet or anyone really knowing about such things, and it contributed to me heading down a path of disordered eating and having body issues.
What also took me years to realize is that no two bodies are alike! My mom had nice breasts, carried her weight (if she had any) in her stomach area, had a flat bum and thin legs. I on the other hand have very small breasts, small waist, a bubble butt and heavier thighs. So very different.
Since that time I struggled with anorexia then bulimia for many years. If I wasn’t binging, I was exercising tons. It seemed like I was in a constant battle with my body, always hating the heavier, more athletic thighs, bubble butt, small chest that I had and being 5’2” on top of that. I felt child like many times.
I thought because I didn’t have a good size chest or cleavage, or because I wasn’t tall enough (and so on) that I wasn’t or couldn’t be sensual or womanly.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth!
In the past while I really started reflecting on what is shown to us as women from an early age from magazines, to advertisements to tv to clothing and realized how messed up it truly is. Usually leaving me feeling not good enough and / or not liking my body………..can you relate?
Where is it in our society that looks and fashion come before anything else and that one needs the perfect body? What is the perfect body and who decided what beauty is?? We’ve been programmed to believe that most if not all men love 5’10” blonde bombshells yet is it true?
We have been programmed to believe that without a label we are second class, or as the media may allude us to believe we are not good enough the way we are. Now please don’t get me wrong, I love to feel and look good. I take my health seriously by eating well. I dress for comfort and what I enjoy wearing, regardless of my age or what the fashion states as being in. And maybe that is just it – it’s my age. I’ve learned not to care what others think now.
Turning 50 last year has lead me to be able to sit and reflect on things in my life, the good and the bad, what I’ve done, not done, choices I’ve made and wasted energy in my life. I spent way too much time hating myself or my body, exercising as punishment for eating the wrong foods, or hoping to thin out my thighs instead of for the sheer enjoyment of exercising and allowing my body to move and express. I wasted too much time worrying over foods I ate that I shouldn’t have or better yet buying into any of that media hype whether on tv or in a magazine that lead me to think I just wasn’t good enough!!
Too much wasted time!
We have to stop buying into the bs programming and we have to start asking better questions and we have to start loving ourselves and bodies more, that is my opinion. We need the feminine to re-emerge fully in ourselves.
After all, if we don’t have the best relationship with ourselves how can we truly have an awesome relationship with another, based on truth and love.