Lyi is a newer member of my I Woke Up Like This self love group on FB. I invited her because she had these super friendly inviting vibes. Which is hard to find in a person these days.
It was really nice working with her and capturing her natural beauty. She did not do her makeup for this session, which I really love because it means I get to capture someone in their truest form before they do much to impress the outside world or “improve” their appearance. I like being able to show people they’re just as beautiful without it all.
If you find yourself self-conscious about your body, I can tell you photographing yourself in this state really improves your relationship with yourself most of the time. You have to be willing and ready. Some, a smallest of the smallest fraction, won’t see improvement but the overwhelming majority of those who shoot with me will tend to find some empowerment from the experience. And comfort from my presence.