SEEING BEAUTY SESSIONS: MIDWEST TOUR BEGINS

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In 2007 I graduated from UWO with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in painting & photography. As part of my graduation requirements, I was to have a senior art exhibition.

I decided to do a project called The Beauty of Women. I photographed over 50 women from ages ranging from 18-80. Women of all different shapes, sizes, ethnicity & backgrounds. I wanted to tell the story of how we’re all beautiful, unique, and worth celebrating no matter what society tells us we should look like.

It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful. The exhibition was as amazing as all of the women who were part of it! That was almost twelve years ago! Little did I know back then that this little project was part of a much bigger mission.

Today almost 12 years later I'm back in the city where it all began & I'll be starting the tour here in the Midwest. I’m relaunching the project with a little extra spin on it. I’m photographing men & women and sharing their stories through a podcast I'm calling "Seeing Beauty Sessions".

I've seen the power and healing in storytelling and what it can do for others when we’re brave enough to tell our own stories.

My whole life I've known I'm meant to celebrate, inspire and show the world just how beautiful & powerful women are and I think men's stories are just as important. We all need to end self-hatred and embrace self-celebration.

For me sharing the beauty of women began when I was in kindergarten & I wanted to take my dad's nudie cards to school with me for show & tell. When my mom busted me I said very matter of fact, "I'M JUST TRYING TO SHOW EVERYONE THE PRETTY LADIES"! Then in 2007, I began photographing women through boudoir and serving them helped me heal from sexual trauma & abuse.

I know now after 12 years of photographing women that this is my purpose in life. To show the world and humans just how beautiful they are and share their stories of transforming pain into purpose.

So I’m putting a call out to those who’d like to be part of what I feel will be an epic adventure in helping others heal. Showing the beautiful resilience we are all capable of and that we can overcome whatever life throws our way & to help others heal along the way.

If you feel called to join in the revolution of men & women ready to end self-hatred and embracing self-celebration then I want you!

If you're ready then reach out at hello@lauriemarie.com and let’s create some magic together!