My relationship with boudoir celebrates confidence, independence, general awesomeness, with a hint of rebelliousness-essentially everything that makes me, me. It's not about posing in a sexual way or being nude but about saying these are my toes, one leans into the others for support, and so I can walk.Read More
Mondays are a drag for some of us. So what better way to cheer us up than to showcase beautiful undefined bodies submitted from different platforms around the community! So from here on out, Monday's will be for Undefined Bodies. This week, we'll be showcasing photos from the talented photographers over in the facebook community of Tomayia Colvin Education.
Tomayia Colvin Education is a community focused education platform that has given a voice to people of color in an industry that is not always so welcoming. The Facebook Group states that it is "a Facebook community that celebrates and supports black female photographers, photographers of color, diversity, and is a safe space for all photographers!" The education provided there is undiluted, real and personal. So are the relationships. I've been a part of this community for a while now, and I am so excited to be able to collaborate with them to bring you this awesomeness from it's community members. So without further ado, here are some of the talented photographers over at TCE.
Have you ever connected with someone the very instant you met them? This is what happened when I first met Taliah. We met when working together in a restaurant 15 years ago. She was someone that I stayed in contact with on social media, but I hadn't seen her much since those days. There has always been an energy about her that has caused me to gravitate toward her. She's been through a lot, but still maintains such a positive outlook on life. More than that, she maintains a positive outlook on people.
I had been craving a personal shoot. My blood needed something that made my veins feel alive. I knew that I wanted it to be boudoir focused and that I wanted to photograph a woman of color. Of course, Taliah popped in my mind. She lived in Atlanta and I happened to be traveling up there for a wedding. I reached out, nervously asked if she would be interested, and was delighted when she said,"Hell yeah!" I knew that we would create magic together.
I showed up to her house and she was finishing up her hair and makeup. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted with the warmest full-body hug. My whole being felt warm and welcome; she has that way about her. She has an infectious love and I wanted to convey that through these photographs. I wanted her to just "be" and stand before me. My job was to be still and listen to everything she had to tell me through her movements. I don't know if I did her justice, but it was my goal. I left this session with a feeling of wholeness and hope.
Welcome to Body Undefined, it’s so good to see you here. I’m Toni, creator and Creative Director of this project. I’m also an intimate portrait lifestyle, and boudoir photographer based in Texas. I’m so excited that you’re here, sharing in this moment!
You may be asking, “What is Body Undefined and why should I care? Well I’m glad you asked. Body Undefined is a Boudoir and Intimate lifestyle portrait blog. We are different from any other publication around because we are focusing on every body. Our aim is to create space for every person no matter their size, gender, or sexual orientation. We desire to show their beauty and share the story of their body... because every body tells a story.
Let me be transparent for a moment. For people of color, there aren’t many places where we can find representation. Couple that with being plus-size, not conforming to the “standard” gender or sexual identification roles or both, and representation is very limited. Looking at most magazines, and media and that representation is non-existent.
There are fantastic intersectional spaces in the photography world, but their intersectionality stops at queer and trans white people. It’s time we have a space that extends beyond what society deems acceptable... a space created by a person who was born intersectional.
So here we are love. Launch day. I’m excited and nervous but here. we. are. I hope you love it as much as I do, because this is yours. It’s for you. And it’s for your clients. I hope that here, you can find inspiration, acceptance and pride.
Grab a drink of your choice and settle into Body Undefined and find your space, your voice, and your body, here.