The BGB Women’s Photo Project: Being Seen

We recently set out to facilitate a creative project that is near and dear to our mission: a photo shoot where women in our BGB community could take the reins and showcase their unique identity — on their terms.

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WOMEN of BGB: FREEDOM

“I wasn’t there to perform, I was there only to BE. What a revelation. What a meditation…” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“…I felt so safe, loose, and carefree. The shoot was a blast! And these photos really look like me!” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“When I look at these photographs… I am drawn to the naked moments of feeling that came up, and the images they produced. Powerful to reflect on in an industry that seems to harp on what you look like and what “type” or “category” you are.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

WOMEN of BGB: VULNERABILITY

“The day we played, I knew my story by heart. And in the room, I felt the stories of the other Women: An army of Amazons who’d gone before me — who now stood behind me — reminding me that I was brave enough to use my voice.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“Facing the camera and having a real experience was all that I needed to do, and it was beautiful… I look strong. And scared. And sad. Which I am, all of those things. All the time.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“It was not how I wanted to be seen, but more how I AM – deep down under everything. An empath feeling everything for everyone… Which now I realize is how I should want to be seen. This is who I am. ” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – JAMIE VANDYKE

WOMEN of BGB: SPIRIT

“I felt like I could do no wrong — that I could just serve my warrior witchiness… I feel powerful when the choice to show my body in certain ways is entirely mine… We are so much more than even we know.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“During the shoot I felt strong and confident for the first time in front of a camera. It was really empowering. My photographer Ellyn had an amazing vibe, it was like she was an extension of me.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“…There’s a lot of power in vulnerability, as we learn in our classes, so I tried to just feel whatever I was feeling and trust it. No pushing, no showing, just me. And I am enough.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

WOMEN of BGB: FIGHTER

“‘Comparison leads to confidence and happiness?’… that can’t be right… Once I got in the room… I got to have fun and not take myself too seriously, which is my favorite thing.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“…It felt right for me to reveal this Giant Warrior Woman I am. All the things I want to do, and have to do, I can. And if this Warrior Protector in the picture is the Real Me, then it looks like I will.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I felt like I was in a place where I was allowed to be powerful… I was given space to fill, and that was a really empowering feeling.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: SENSUALITY

“As an actor, I’ve tried to fit into different boxes, and I finally realized: I am not that small portion that you’re trying to fit me into. So I’m going to give power to how I see myself… not as a made-up version of myself, but simply as ME!” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I love the rawness of all of these [photos]. I’ve spent my whole life being airbrushed into some glossy sexy image that isn’t who I am inside. I just love the Studio, I feel like I finally get to be myself and that’s good enough for the first time.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I definitely was less self-conscious in the shoot – allowing myself to include my whole body in my experience. I surrendered to it, which felt new and powerful.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: JOY

“Before the shoot, I was worried that somehow I was simultaneously “too much” (because of my requests) and also “not enough,” but once I got in the room and into the shoot, I realized that none of it was true and just me being me how and who I was, was perfectly acceptable.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“There are so many moments in my life where I’ve judged my physical self, or feared the judgement of others, and in this shoot I was so comfortable- and excited- to be seen… raw, joyful, emotional, present!”

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“My whole life, all I’ve wanted is for people to really see me. The ‘me’ underneath the perception. The ‘me’ that’s not afraid to be bold and raw and messy… I felt free and more alive than I’ve felt in a long time.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“I gave birth six days after this photoshoot to a beautiful little girl. When I look at the photos I see the complexity of what this journey has been for me…I see me for the first time in a long time. ” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

WOMEN of BGB: BOLD

“…It’s allowing myself to be fully seen – vulnerable – where my true beauty lies.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“It was wonderful to be able to be myself and show myself… I wanted to shoot something that felt truthful and vulnerable, and I was able to do just that.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“What I loved about this experience – and possibly because of the time constraint and the specificity with which we worked – it was effortless and easy… staying fresh, alive, and authentic.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: WISDOM

“My photographer, Ellyn, radiated such enthusiasm and love, and I have rarely felt so “seen” . . . the camera seemed to disappear, and so did my self-consciousness.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I was surprised by how much I was affected by the music. I put together songs that made me feel confident and mischievous, and I was amazed at how easily the music flowed through me…” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“How about just ME? All those characters live in ME, and I bring to them what only I can… Before we can step into any character we need to feel very free to embrace all of who we are, and this shoot reinforced that.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: STRENGTH

“…The experience has left me genuinely asking, “What is perfection?” It’s not real, it’s not relevant or needed in art, and it’s an unnecessary block to creating the work I’ve been called to do.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I found the whole experience empowering. I left the shoot feeling more capable for doing the work I feel called to do, with more compassion and self love.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE

“It’s not my job to make sure the entertainment business likes me, or finds my work worthwhile; it IS my job to tell stories, and constantly work to deepen and strengthen my capacity to do so in the most honest way I can…” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: MUSE

“I wanted to get away from projection and into essence… Looking at the photos now, I am so happy – they are closer to me than any photos I’ve ever had taken.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I felt like time stopped. I also felt confident, soft, calm, and very present.”

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“…It’s incredibly valuable to be seen in a way that feels actualized and empowered and free of the very specific constraints that a lot of the people who make entertainment think that someone who looks like me should experience.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: WONDER

“…As much as I feel like a very serious, mature, independent woman, deep inside I’m really just a goofy kid looking to play.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“I was able to slip into my confidence, as if that – shining bright – was my true self… It was freeing and gave me a piece of something big to carry around for the moments I feel small.” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

“…It doesn’t really matter a whole hell of a lot how I’m seen by others- what matters most is how I see myself. And I choose to see myself as beautiful and messy and flawed and sexy…” read more

PHOTOGRAPHER – ELLYN JAMESON

WOMEN of BGB: CREATOR

PHOTOGRAPHER – MK MCGEHEE