It all started at the beach. Young, modest and insecure; I found myself wading in the water wearing a one-piece Speedo covered with a t-shirt and board shorts. I’m not sure why I felt my thighs were embarrassing or that my body was something to be covered and unseen, I just know that by being covered up I was hiding. I was afraid.
It was at the beach that I saw mothers, women confidently in bikinis. I watched them in awe, and disbelief. How did they not feel concerned with all the people around them seeing their imperfect bodies? How did they get the confidence to so nonchalantly show themselves to the world?
Years have passed and I am now a mother myself. I think back to these moments I had when I was young, so insecure, yet, so amazed by the confidence these women exuded. Their freedom and confidence gave me permission to be OK with myself.
I could dress like myself.
I could be myself.
I could breathe.
It’s been a process, and I’d be lying if I said that I figured everything out. The whole journey has left a lasting impression on me and it is the reason why I photograph women in a way that claims back our womanliness and celebrates the female body for all of its strength and loveliness.
This shoot is a culmination of these things as well as so much more. Each woman pictured has been on her own unique journey, and I couldn’t be happier that we all ended up spending a chilly evening standing together in Mill Creek, Edmonton. My hope is that others will see these incredible, strong, smart, beautiful women as a source of encouragement and strength. That perhaps for a few, it might just be the first step on a road to self-discovery and self-love.
Let’s look out for each other, friends. Let’s take every possible opportunity to build each other up. You don’t know when a young girl, covered up in a speedo, will be watching.
OH my goodness you guys!! I got an email from Alberta Parks saying that we can start booking camping sites at the end of the month! When I read it, two things immediately crossed my mind:
- That’s flippin’ crazy. Its FEBRUARY. I don’t plan that far in advance.
- Weeeee camping!
And now I keep finding myself daydreaming of summer, and actually considering camping sites in February lol. So since I can’t get summer off my mind anayways, I figured now would be the perfect time to share our little trailer reno here on the blog.
If you follow me on instagram you have probably caught me over-sharing about our beloved little trailer already. But for those of you who haven’t, I inherited this teensy little home-on-wheels when my Dad passed away and proceeded to spend a good chunk of last spring giving it a bit of a face-lift. I can honestly say that it turned out to be a wonderful healing process for both me and the trailer! We are both feeling lighter and brighter and less leaky.
Here is a little glimpse at the BEFORE pictures:
My grandparents bought this trailer brand new in the 70s, so it is filled to the brim with road trip memories. The fabric on the cushions has already been replaced at some point, but I really wanted to keep as much of the rest as original as possible. The hardest part really was tying in the new fabrics with the (awesome) existing patterns and colours of the 70s. Not gonna lie, I think it was a wonderful success. Everything feels fresh and clean, but nothing is so precious that dirty camping fingers and muddy paws can ruin it.
Last summer we gave it a good test-run. We enjoyed every bit of our hard-work, and I reveled in the fact that I get to keep this little piece of my dad’s childhood alive with my own family. To say we are excited to make some new memories this year would be a giant understatement….. So I just might have to be that person who books their camping in February lol️. How about you? Do you book early to get your favourite spots? Or do you do what I usually do and just call around until you find something available haha?
P.S. If you have any questions regarding the reno let me know!! Just didn’t want to bore y’all with the details 😉
HUGE thanks to Suzanne Taylor Photography for taking some photos of us hanging out on a perfect Alberta summer night. All the lovely photos of us are by her.
Randee. “I hate getting my photo taken”. Also Randee. “I need to apologize in advance for how awkward I am going to be!”
Well I am so glad that despite all of her fears this lovely babe travelled down from Edmonton to model some clothing for the beautifully curated shop she works at, The Skinny. I have worked with The Skinny before, but this was my first time shooting some of their women’s wear and I LOVED it. So much goodness.
Also, it was summer. Man, I really miss summer. Anyone else pretending this warm 0 degree day is the beginning of spring??
P.S. There is a part two of this shoot coming and it is fire! So stay tuned!