The most wonderful way to celebrate your wedding, might be to surround yourself with the people and things that really mean the most to you. If you could, in addition to that, have it all in a place that has been in your life for ever, filled with memories and senses tightly connected to your soul, you will create the ultimate emotional framing for your love and and celebration.
That is exactly what Nina and Thomas did. Nina’s family has spent all their summers at their apartment in the castle of Meilgaard Gods, since she was a little girl. Every vacation was spent riding, hunting, fishing and swimming. This meant so much to them!
They went out of their way to make the Meilgaard experience a living and unforgettable memory for their family and guests.
That was the meaning of it all for them.
Nina & Thomas, thank you for letting med share this wonderful weekend with you. Thank you!
The venue was also at Meilgaard. It is the lovely Meilgaard Slottskro.
(Nina & Thomas first day of celebrations here )
I had pictures in my head. I needed a model. I wouldn’t dare to ask someone to be naked in front of my camera. I finally had to ask. I am glad I did.
Here is why.
First, I discovered that somehow, our western culture, media, and perhaps religion, has been making us all believe that nudity is all about sexuality. It is a hard step to ask someone to pose naked for me, because the last thing I want, is to be another one of those asholes, objectifying women and pretending they don’t. All in the name of art.
That was my own internal battle.
Second, most of the models listed up for my request turned out to be women in their 30s and all the way up to their 50s, all mothers . I was taken by surprise by this! I would never have guessed.
Here is what I have learned:
they are so, so tired of looking at themselves in the mirror and expect to see a different body than the one they were given.
They are tired of measuring themselves by what society and media dictates as the “healthy & beautiful” body. They have had enough.
They want someone to look at them and introduce them to a different way of evaluate and appreciate their own bodies.
They want to feel beautiful but mostly, they long to feel comfortable with and in their bodies.
They want to make peace with it. They want to make peace with themselves. It’s not even about empowerment. It’s really about making peace.
This, from my perspective, as a photographer made me realize I had not only the possibility to finally show how I really feel about human beauty, it also gave me a responsibility.
I need to acknowledge these women and their view in the matter. I need to try in making their voices heard. I need to take this a step farther.
That is how the “In peace” project was born. Just this morning, as a matter of fact.
We need to make peace with our bodys. We really do. I am so thankful for all the mails these women sent me! So thankful that they trust me with their fears and frustrations. Thankful for the gift of being asked to make a difference. Thank you! You are amazing!
Here is my first ever photography session for “In peace” . She is 30 and a mother of 2. Nakedness has been struggling part of her life.
Mirrors lie. They really do. In fact, that’s all they do.