The response to Wildbride has been so wonderful! Everyone has been so encouraging and I'm so excited for it to grow and to expand and bring it even further than the west coast! My favorite thing about Wildbride is that every woman comes to me with a story of why they want to do a Wildbride shoot. Each one is so beautiful, and it feels really special and honoring to be trusted with those stories. I think sometimes as women we're used to hiding our stories. So often in movies and television the main stories being told are men's stories, or the stories of women surrounding men. It's not very often that we hear women's stories purely told by women, about things that are central to being a woman moving through the world. Sure, sometimes that involves men because men are humans who we interact with, but there is so much more to women's stories than how men fit into those stories.
Sometimes I get men joking with me saying things like, "why aren't men allowed to do Wildbride shoots? I want a Wildgroom shoot, LOL!" and it makes me pretty salty. Like, hey guys, can this one thing not be about you? This is a space for sacred femininity and you are not invited. Go find a photographer whose calling is creating photos for sacred masculinity, that's great. But I'm not that photographer and I'm not about that. I feel like it can be hard for women to feel comfortable and safe enough to be vulnerable with their stories, bodies, and femininity. A lot of women have been injured by men, physically or emotionally, and the idea of men being allowed to enter into the Wildbride space creates a space that is no longer safe for women to be vulnerable in that way. The thing I love about Wildbride is that it's for women. It was designed and crafted to be for women. Something magical happens when women are around other women. Walls come down, hearts open, laugher reverberates.
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