Every Body Is Beautiful as Featured on DOTE MAGAZINE

 

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.

 

 

Publication:

DOTE Magazine

 

Models:

Marielle Elizabeth
Hannah Hamilton
Osase
Kendra Allen
Sharon Litchfield
Justine Ma
Anna Stein

Floral Crowns:

Lacombe Florists

Hair:

Jill Keech

Make-Up:

Shake-up That Make-up 

Tiiu Antrea

Clothing:

Red Ribbon 

 

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10 Responses to “Every Body Is Beautiful as Featured on DOTE MAGAZINE”

  1. Sandra

    These women are so beautiful!
    The images take the viewer on a rollercoaster – smiling at the beauty, laughing with the models, tenderness, heartache, love … it’s all there.
    Thank you Karmen for sharing this blog – your amazing photography skills and also your story, I never knew that was what you were feeling back then.
    Your girls have such a great roll model in their mom, one day they will realize how truly lucky they are!

  2. Karmen Meyer

    Thanks so so much!! And I am honestly so darn lucky to have so many strong female role models growing up. There is no denying how much it helped shape me!

  3. Lyndsay

    This is an absolutely gorgeous session. The women and the intention and message behind it. Well done

  4. Karly Ford

    Stunning!! Seriously! ah! So much emotion comes thru❤️ the ladies, the location, the shots! such a beautiful job

    • Karmen Meyer

      Oh thanks so, so much Karly. I will honestly never forget this day. Theis women showed up in such a BIG way <3

  5. Michel

    such a beautiful session and an incredible message. Great job Karmen

  6. Meg

    Such a gorgeous group of women and these photos are absolutely beautiful!

    • Karmen Meyer

      Thank you so much Meg!! And I completely agree, such a wonderful group of women <3

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