As a woman I understand the pressures to feel comfortable with your body; as a mother I feel the responsibility to make sure my daughter grows up confident and that my son is respectful to women; and a photographer I see the human body as fascinating and beautiful. That is why I did this. “Real” is real. There are no size requirements or limitations. There is no altering.
There are so many opinions of what a woman’s body should look like, I believe women should just be healthy and proud of themselves. When we pick apart ourselves and our bodies, our children see that and follow our footsteps. If you want to improve on something, then do so, but don’t talk negatively about it. How many moms out there have actually looked in the mirror and said, “I love my body!” ? How many of your daughter’s or nieces have heard you? Probably not many. With all the glamour of hollywood and marketing girls today need real role models to look up to. It starts at home.
This is a personal project done by me, Candice Lamarand. Intended not to offend anyone, but to change they way women are looked at. This project means so much to me and I can not thank everyone involved enough. When I posted that I was looking for women that loved their bodies, I was amazed with the response I received back. All of these ladies are moms. Ladies of all different sizes and shapes, some with stretch marks or wrinkles but they are some of the most beautiful people I have every met. None of these images are photo-shopped. This is what “Real Women” look like. I really enjoyed working with everyone and hearing why they wanted to do this project. For themselves. For their daughters, sons, their nieces, and some to say to the world, “Don’t judge me.” You guys are beautiful, brave, sexy, strong and inspiring- thank you again.
I also have to include one of my favs from when I was testing. First shot, Lindsay just takes a sip of her Latte’ as she waits for me to say its go- time. I love it.