I met Erica through my brilliantly talented friend Agnes, of YBC. We have been together on many collaborative projects, but never had the chance to shoot together until these past NYC dates.
To say that this strong, badass, sexy female is inspiring is a bit of an understatement. I mean I complain when I have cramps from my period, and here she is, just days after another chemo treatment posing as if her life depended on it. Now I am only beginning to get to know this babe, but just from experience, I can already tell this is how she approaches all of life. She goes and she goes hard and she inspires the fuck out of me!
Erica and I share a mutual love for 90’s culture, me on the grunge side and her on the hiphop side, so there was no question that we were totally going to run with that as part of the theme for our session! It was only aided by the awesome new art at The Hotel on Rivington.
I really love this session, seeing Erica’s badassery really inspired me to push myself to see more, see bigger and photograph beyond the standard portrait.
I asked Erica, as I do all of our #LRPBoudieBeauties if she had anything she wanted to share with the reader’s of our blog and here is what she had to say:
“My life has been a series of incredible events. Some beautiful…. Some tragic….mostly magical as of lately. As I look at the images Lindsay captured of me I am again reminded that regardless of what am a dealing with at the moment, being photographed by my soul sisters makes my heart swell with love. I am a mom, a business owner, a nurse and a hopeless romantic. Currently I am battling cancer for the 4th time and its is exhausting. That being said my life light burns brightly and I am truly blessed to be surrounded by my tribe of artsy ladies!!!!! Lindsay made me feel so fierce and calm and shooting with her was incredible. Never give up….I know I won’t #fuckcancer”
“For most of my life I have been adored by fools and hated by people of good sense, and they all make up stories about me in which I am either a saint or a whore.
But I am above these judgments, I am a Queen.” ~ Philippa Gregory, The Other Queen
But I am above these judgments, I am a Queen.
I absolutely love the above quote and love it even more for this session. I am sure Katey of MayMac Lingerie is becoming a familiar face around here, she is one of my muses and an absolutely brilliant corsetter and designer…but aside from being absolutely stunning, there is a depth and story to this woman that goes so far beneath the surface. When I first shared the teasers with Katey she told me she had already planned exactly what she wanted to say about her session. Despite having been in front of the camera of (in my opinion) some of the worlds most talented photographers, this was her first time stripping completely down. To say I was honored that she was not just willing, but eager to take this giant leap with me, would be an understatement. I felt a sense of responsibility to honor her and her story and I hope that we were able to do that.
I think that is enough speaking from me this time around. I want you all to read what Katey has to say, and read it again. Because what we see on the outside is not always reflective of what is on the inside and this woman shows us the true depth to feminine strength and beauty.
“I got naked. I got naked because I wanted to, not because I wanted attention from a man, not because I want to be sexualized, not because I want to promote this body positive image the media is telling us is trendy, not because I want you all to think I love my body.
I got naked because I am an artist and I believe the human body is art, it is beautiful…an art that is lost because we are all too busy shaming the body and over sexualizing it.
I got naked because I am an artist and I believe the human body is art
I got naked because I was afraid to start modeling again after months of depression, self mutilation and a suicide attempt. I didn’t want to explain the scars…I was afraid of them….but I’m no longer embarassed or ashamed.
I love my body. Not because I love my curves and am caught up in this “curvy plus size body positive” movement, but because it survived when my mind didn’t want it to. We all have a battle, a journey, a path…we all have a body.”