A picture tells a story just as well as, if not better than, a lot of written words—“a picture is worth a thousand words.” But did you know genuine transformation can happen when a power word is blended with a photo? Today’s healthcare topic discusses transformation, liberation, and empowerment radiating from the camera lens. For more depth on this topic listen to Episode 8 of A Bridge To Wholeness podcast with guest, Marissa Southards of The Awakening Project.

The Connection Between Photography and Transformation

There’s a natural feel-good feeling in seeing yourself in a photograph especially a photo which showcases you in your authentic self. It doesn’t matter if you have a toothy-grin or a thoughtful look. It doesn’t matter if your rail thin, have curves, or a bit of extra cellulite. The metamorphosis is waiting if you dare to step in front of the camera and feel your word claim you.

You’ve probably seen examples of body image photography in magazines, on the news, or may know someone (even yourself) who has participated in a body image photography session. What each of these sessions have in common is the person chooses a word which represents them and the photographer helps capture the essence and illustration of this word through the photo shoot.

Woman who have participated in these empowering types of photography experiences have expressed afterwards how life-changing this experience has been for them. What generally happens during the photo session is the woman’s pure authenticity is captured in the photo frames.

It doesn’t matter which word is chosen nor where the word is written on one’s body. A hand. A jawbone. A leg. Across the shoulder-blade. Woman are baring their bodies to become one in this art form and coming away from the session evolved.

Choosing Your Word & Whole-Body Wellness

Part of practicing self-care is understanding and accepting yourself—where you are, how you are, as you are. This can be hard. This can be stepping into a vulnerable place. This can be so healing. When you’ve gazed at a photograph of yourself—this piece of artwork that is your face and body and your descriptive word—you can’t help but see yourself through different eyes. Stronger. More resilient. Healthier. Fierce.

I encourage you to participate in projects to boost your self-care and whole-body wellness. You don’t have to wait until you have the perfect body. It’s time to get comfortable with being you—exactly as you are. Participating in a body image photography session is one way to accept yourself more fully and completely.

Be sure to listen to the full podcast episode and if you’d like to reach out to Marissa Southards all the contact information is on the podcast page.

Whole Health Educator Jennifer L. Crisp, RN, is the founder of A Bridge To Wholeness. Jennifer believes strongly in both traditional western medicine and contemporary health practices as she understands the importance of client-centered care beyond conventional medicine. A Bridge to Wholeness invites traditional and alternative practitioners to get connected (bridging the gap) so your client/patient can experience enhanced benefits and care from these connections. Prior to launching this organization, she worked in a community hospital as a cardiac nurse and has been an entrepreneur since 2011. Visit her website at abridgetowholeness.com to take the intersection of wellness quiz and get a free report of your results.

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