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Monday, 20 October 2014

A Thank You to Alexandra Cameron | Body Confidence & Getting Naked

Do you remember when I wrote about getting naked on my 25th birthday in order to kick my body confidence issues out the door? (get with the times here)

Well since then my whole life's flipped upside down. It sparked a fire in my belly. A hunger inside me. To take ownership for who I am, what I've got to give. At the end of the day, it's all me, on my own, fighting fires and rising from the flames.

Alex took my photo's that day and since then I've found a friend - a really, really good friend. She's pushed me forward in life, be-it taking kick-ass photo's for my outfit posts, road trips with sad music, watching films and eating cake or pushing me toward my next challenge - she's been a rock. She believes...in me. And I'll be forever grateful for all that she's done and continues to do. The Universe pushed us together at a time where we were both searching for something more. So thanks for that, world.

A few weekends ago, I was headed down to Cambridge to help Alex out with a shoot. She's been working on a GIANT series, which you can see here and I couldn't wait to get stuck in on set. Turns out her model was a no-show and Alex looked to me, with those bloody puppy dog eyes and asked if I'd do it instead.
I know I pose for my outfit photos on a weekly basis - but it's not the same as modelling. I was scared and nervous but I didn't want to ruin Alex's day, all the hard work she, her boyfriend, his friends and Claire (an incredible florist) had put in. So I said yes, reluctantly.

It was one of the most incredible afternoons - filled with sunshine and laughter, effort and sweaty bodies. It was amazing to stand back and realise how much all these people cared for Alex, how much they wanted to make it work for her. Her boyfriend Will had built her a 7ft swing, Matthew and Ed (his best friends) helped him put it up high in the trees and Claire, created an incredible floral crown and flower arrangements to climb up the swings ropes. It was totally magical.

Here are the final images...
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
...I know, she's a true artist.

When we'd finished Alex asked, with a muffled voice and squinting cautious eyes if I'd consider getting naked for a shot or two as well. I think I shocked her and I both by blurting out 'YES! Of course I will!'

To some, getting naked and sharing it on the internet might come across as attention seeking. For me, us, it's about showing the world that we're not afraid of our imperfections. In fact we're going to celebrate the shit out of them. I realised then, at that moment, just how far I've come since July 3rd 2014 when I got naked in-front of another woman for the first time. In the here and now, I didn't care. I felt comfortable, confident even and do you know what? There's no shame in that.
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
Alex is a wonderful human with an incredible power. She takes magical photographs, that inspire and provoke thoughts, conversations - what a talent to behold. But not only that, she's given women - me, Laura, all the ladies that shot with her off the back of our shoots a one way ticket to true body confidence.

Loving the skin we're in. It's a journey worth taking. A battle worth fighting.

And it's not just about the images at the end, it's about the journey you go on. And there's no photographer in this world that can take away from how special it is completing that experience with Alex.

I know so many of you out there are dabbling with the idea and aren't sure if you're brave enough. Let me tell you that you are. Because if I and all these other amazing women can, so can you.

Shoots with Alex start from less than £100, and boy is worth spending that dollar with her instead of on those new shoes you're eyeing up.

Click here for her contact details. Because then? You're one step closer to a happier you. And what more could you ask for?



loveonthewall said...

Beautiful photos, gorgeous gal! Lovely post as always!


Izzie said...

oh my goodness, what incredible photos! that sounds like such a valuable experience and you look beautiful xxx

Julia Schmidt said...

These photos are stunning, she is so talented!! And girl you are so awesome, don't let negative thoughts get you down!!


Rachel Bradford said...

Absolutely stunning photography and so lovely to see some good happy and positive body image.

Rachel x


Laura Jane Williams said...

I'm so proud to know you both x

Ally Gong said...

So beautiful and what an absolutely inspiring post <3
-Ally Gong

Leonie Parker said...

Stunning Photos!!

Leonie ♥ IkonikBeauty

Amber Rhodes said...

Lovely photos! Gorgeous colours.

Ellen Bourne said...

These are stunning! You look like a red-haired Galadriel just hangin' out in Lothlorien!

Jessica Cherry said...

Absolutely gorgeous, beautiful photos xo

Yasmin Browne said...

Wow great photos and you are so brave!

you look beautiful.



Lauren said...

wow, stunning photos! You look beautiful!



Sara Chergui said...

These pictures are so gorgeous ! You are looking incredible on the two first pictures. The hair, the crown, the makeup. She is talented for sure ! Beautiful pictures !
I think it's great that you came so far and share your body with us. I know I wouldn't do it, no that I'm not confident enough but it's a lot of intimacy shared.

Anyway, gorgeous girl, freaking amazing pictures ! I'm loving them ! Great work !


Rhiannon Marshall said...

Absolutely fantastic, you should both be so proud!

Rhiannon xxx


Sophie Ruffell said...

Well aren't these the most incredible photos!! Alex really does have talent! And of course you look incredible and very brave!!


Emily said...

These are beautiful photos! You're so brave for doing this!

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Chrissy Lilly said...

You look gorgeous, Megan! Hopefully I'll have your confidence someday! xx

ChrissyLilly x

Elizabeth Rebecca said...

What beautiful photos!

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Lilac Ghosts said...

I wish I could do photography like this, I've been looking through her portfolio and all of her work is stunning. You fit in so well with everything, you would never know you weren't the original model!

Cat xx | Lilac Ghosts

Andrea Extra├▒o said...

it's amazing how peaceful it could looks, pure nature

JC Cross-Jones said...

Wow! Your photos are freaking amazing, congrats!!
Two Hearts One Roof

Georgina Fox said...

I've followed your journey with this and it's been truly inspirational. You go, girl.

Georgina x

Carly Kaste said...

I think, for artistic matters like this one, getting naked is about bravery and nothing else. Well I mean, and it's inspiring, too. :) These shots came out so good, Alex is a talented human bean, and you're both beautiful!

Sharina said...

Such an inspirational post - tastefully done, too :) You are a beaute, Meg!

Katy Stephenson said...

these photos are stunning and your hair and makeup looks amazing!

love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE ♡

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