what is it with nipples?

As a photographer/artist I see a lot of nudity, pretty much on a daily basis. I’ve photographed countless nude models, and posed nude myself. It doesn’t phase me. That coupled with the fact that I’ve been on the internet since I was about 11, so I’ve seen more than my fair share of weird shit. I have to say, nudity, or more specifically women’s nipples, are probably on the lowest end of that “weird shit” scale.

Since I was a child I always viewed nudity to be natural, I never once felt offended by it. It wasn’t until I became older that I realized there were actually people in this world that viewed nudity as being wrong, disrespectful; quite a lot of people in fact. This still perplexes me. Especially when it comes to nipples, specifically the female kind. I wouldn’t classify myself as a hardcore ‘feminist’, mostly because I’m not one for labels (I know, how pretentious of me). If anything I would consider myself an ‘equalist’, as I believe everyone deserves the same rights as the next person (or animal), not just women. But being a female myself, this topic does feel a bit personal to me.

I couldn’t count the amount of times I’ve witnessed particularly “large” men walking down the street topless, sporting bigger breasts than I could ever dream to have. And somehow their nip exposure is considered to be socially acceptable, not the least bit offensive to anyone. Personally I’d rather not be forced to see a 400 pound man topless, but hey it’s a free country (for some). If I were to decide to take my top off on a hot summer day among a crowd of people, I would most certainly receive a lot of stares, judgement, and mothers covering their children’s eyes so as not to ‘poison’ their innocent little minds from the sight of a woman’s breasts. That being said, I don’t particularly have an interest in walking around topless in public, but it would be nice to have the option to do so without feeling demonized.

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ice queen | new lightroom preset

A couple of weeks ago Mia and I had a wintry photoshoot, which I am super excited about because it was my first “real” shoot that I’ve had since working my way off of crutches. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to go adventuring again. (P.S. I’ve officially been off crutches for about 5 weeks now!).
I’ve also been really obsessed with making new custom Lightroom presets for my shop as of late, and the one that I made while editing this set is by far my most favorite one yet. I have been using it on *everything*. It is called “Ice Queen”, and you can find it here in my Etsy shop ♥. Below is a before and after; the before is SOOC (aside from skin retouching), the after has “Ice Queen” applied, and that is all!
The rest of the images in this post were all edited solely with “Ice Queen” as well :-)

Model/MUA: Mia DeGiovanni
Photography/Retouching: Savannah Daras

IMG_5049 blog before after

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short term goals | january

I think the problem a lot of us have with goals and resolutions is that often times we give ourselves too many of them to take on at once. The new year roles around and we feel ambitious, inspired, and motivated to change our lives for the better once and for all. So we make a long list of every little detail we want to change about our lives, then a few months into the year we feel defeated and overwhelmed, sucked back into our old habits. While I think it’s fantastic to have a vision of how grand you’d like your life to be, to dream big, I also think that we need to be a bit more realistic with ourselves and realize that great changes take time, patience, and a lot of effort. So instead of expecting to change your whole life around in just 12 months, I think that we should focus on the short-term, what we can do right now to better each day as it comes. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make up a few short-term goals for myself each month. Little things that I can implement each day, that don’t take a ton of effort, but over time will actually wind up making a huge difference in my life.

wintry self portrait

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