Debbie Coleman and Nicole Lorrain | 2018 Women of Excellence Nominees

 

Wow, I cannot believe another week has flown by!!  This Wednesday i would to introduce you to two wonderful women:

 

Debbie Coleman, Deb is a registered nurse in emergency and endoscopy at the Red Deer Regional hospital. She is an incredible leader; her spirit, engagement and dedication to the cause is awe-inspiring. Deb has been a volunteer with the Red Deer festival of trees for over 20 years. She has been involved in various capacities throughout the years; most recently, as a member of the board of directors, the co-chair of the facilities committee and Chairperson of the Decorating and Trees committee. Deb is always on the lookout for new ways to enhance the event, and believes that seeing the patients and communities benefit from the donations raised is priceless. She believes wonderful things comes from volunteering, and that there is something in it for everyone.

 

 

AND Nicole Lorrain!  A graduate of Red Deer College, Nicole started her professional career as a nurse, focusing on providing support for the elderly. Nicole has lived and worked in Red Deer for more than 20 years, while raising three boys with her husband. With over 16 years in leadership roles, with the Government of Alberta, Nicole is experienced in all areas of human resources and people management. Nicole is currently a board member for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society and has a lengthy history of volunteering across Alberta. Nicole has also served as an elected School Board Trustee, Greater North Central School Division and as president of l’Association Canadienne Francaise de l’Alberta Regional de Red Deer.

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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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#WCW Breanna Fitzpatrick + Lisa Nicholson

It’s #WCW!! And I’m very excited to introduce you to Breanna Fitzpatrick. Bre is a leader and creator in the nonprofit community. She is constantly pushing for the small initiatives to grow with her involvement. She is a very busy woman who outside of her full-time schedule at Red Deer College has the alumni development coordinator, volunteers on numerous boards and committees. Her active life doesn’t stop her from taking on new projects, or sway her from supporting local businesses. You will find her at the local coffee shop mentoring others or paying it forward by buying strangers coffee. She believes women should help one another out and not be competitive with each other she is here to make red deer a better place by creating a movement in the nonprofit community.

AND Lisa Nicholson. Lisa founded Hope4MVCKids Society in 2013, out of a need for children with medical needs support, financially and emotionally. Her own children, biological and adopted, have special medical needs that were not easily met. She knew things had to change. The ‘Pay It Forward’ attitude that she possesses spread quickly and soon and an entire Society was created. She stepped up to challenges and overcame unfair regulations and laws. Lisa has become highly involved in the Alberta Provincial Parent Advisory Committee to the Alberta Ministry of Health and continues to give to the community by being an advocate for those without a voice. Her empathy and understanding is without comparison. Accomplishments aside, her biggest success is enriching the lives of everyone around her.

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