Shannon in Costa Rica

11.05.16 - 11.12.16

When I told my friends I would like to take nude portraits of them, Shannon was one of the first people to consider it - albeit nervously. We traveled to Costa Rica in early November and something about the slow, easy warmth of Santa Teresa made it the perfect place to make this shoot happen. Having had my own portraits taken recently, I knew what a liberating experience it could be. But as a woman who has struggled with body image issues for most of my life, I also I could not take what I was doing lightly. I desperately wanted her to love her pictures, but more importantly, herself. I wanted her to have an experience that felt like a celebration and a rebellion. 

Man, I would take nudes of all my ladies if I could! What a joy to capture that kind of beauty. But, I'd also like to say that nudity empowers some. Modesty empowers other. Different things empower different women, and it's nobody place to tell her which it should be.