Hi! I’m Lindley.
I’m a photographer, fat activist, writer, cat mom and houseplant collector. Feed me sour gummy candy and I’m happy.
Photography sets my soul on fire because through my work, people who don’t see bodies like theirs represented anywhere else get to reclaim their self image. It’s pretty amazing stuff.
“Between mild dysphoria and chronic depression, I have never thought of myself as attractive. Lindley helped see myself as someone else would, capturing both the moments of spontaneity and perfect posing that I never see from inside my own head.
She understands lighting, she understands posture, and these are traits a smartphone selfie cannot take into consideration the way a professional photographer can.
The window she will open into your aesthetic world will leave you second-guessing every unpleasant thought you’ve ever had about your own appearance.” – SW, Seattle
– SW, Seattle, WA
I used to think that I was too fat to be a professional photographer. I thought that no one would hire a fat photographer, that they’d laugh at the very thought. From the safety of my corporate job, I watched people in thin bodies make other thin people’s dream images come true.
In 2014, my corporate job turned toxic, and I knew that I could make a difference elsewhere. I took the leap and trusted that fat folks would want a fellow fatty as their photographer, someone who understood both what it’s like to live in a similar body and how those bodies look and move.
I launched Sweet Amaranth (now Body Liberation Photography) and began photographing people in all sorts of larger bodies. In 2015, I started Representation Matters (now Body Liberation Stock), a stock image website focused on depicting larger bodies as well.
But much of my work at that time was still caught in the paradigm of “acceptable” bodies. Many of the poses and techniques I was taught while I was learning to photograph people are meant to minimize physical bodies and force them into meeting our current cultural beauty standards.
As I’ve grown in my own body acceptance and become a strong advocate for body liberation and fat liberation, I’m no longer willing to dance around trying to fit my clients and models into a mold that doesn’t serve them. These days, I focus on capturing bodies as they exist in this moment — your joy, your light, your darkness, your story — with absolute minimal reference to “flattering” or “attractive.”
We’re going beyond beauty to liberation. Please join me. xo
I have the privileges of being a cisgender, straight white person. I live in the United States and, though I have a background of many generations of rural poverty, I currently have some financial privilege and a small safety net. I’m married and have a college education. Due to my safety net, I can pursue my small business full time.
Though I live with physical and mental chronic illnesses, I can pass for able-bodied. My fat body appears slightly smaller than it is.
And finally, though I am oppressed for my body size, I am nowhere near the largest possible human body size. All of these factors make me more likely to be heard, hired, given opportunities and find open doors than someone without these privileges. It’s important that I keep this in mind every day and continue to find ways to center and give opportunities to people with fewer privileges than mine.
I believe that…
folks who live in very large bodies are just as valuable, beautiful, and worthy of being photographed as people in smaller bodies.
folks who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous and every other wonderful variation of humanity should have access to nonbiased, supportive, beautiful photography.
men should have access to portrait and boudoir sessions styled in soft, feminine ways, too.
there are no rules when it comes to photography. ANY person of ANY gender in ANY body deserves to feel beautiful, sensual and sexy without shame or fear.
anyone with a body is inherently beautiful, and that capturing that beauty in my work is a sacred trust.
you, too, are worthy of being photographed in exactly the skin you’re in today.
people who identify as plus size, fat or superfat have aspects of their bodies that are not only beautiful, but uniquely so.
anyone from a marginalized or oppressed community deserves a safe, nonjudgmental place to be vulnerable and explore what beauty means to you.
black lives matter.
each curve and roll and angle of your body is beautiful and worthy of being celebrated.
Code of Conduct & Ethics
Photographer Code of Conduct
It’s incredibly important to me that you feel safe, comfortable and happy whenever you work with me. Here’s how I respect your bodily autonomy during our sessions:
- Ask before touching you the first time
- Check in with you occasionally about your experience and comfort
- Give you space if you exhibit unusual nervousness or jitteriness
- Explain what I’m doing occasionally
- Respect any requests you might have for space or a break
Client/Attendee Code of Conduct
Client and event attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Touching without permission will not be tolerated.
The use of alcohol, marijuana, and illegal drugs IS NOT permitted on the photographer’s premises. The client understands that consumption of any such substances prior to and/or during the session may negatively impact the results of the images. If any such substances are consumed during the course of the session the photographer may cease work and retain all deposits.
The client will be responsible for the behavior of client during portraiture session. The photographer reserves the right to terminate the portraiture session without notice if the photographer deems the client’s behavior to be unruly or unsafe. In such instances, the photographer reserves the right to retain the full session fee and collect the minimum order as damages. The client will reimburse the photographer or her agents for any loss/damage caused to property or equipment.
Body Liberation Photos reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the admission of any attendee not in compliance with this policy and show them out. Anyone violating the code of conduct for an event or a session may also forfeit the high-resolution photos that may be part of the admission fee if that person is asked to leave before their photos are taken.
Anyone finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate Lindley so that she can handle the issue immediately.
We see you. We hear you. We believe you.
Makeup Artist Code of Conduct
This is the agreement that I typically ask makeup artists to sign before working with any of my clients:
The clients you’re working with today may be shy or particularly vulnerable. Please respect their bodily autonomy and:
- Ask before touching them the first time
- Give them space if they exhibit unusual nervousness or jitteriness
- Explain what you’re doing occasionally
- Respect any request they might have for space or a break
You must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Touching without permission will not be tolerated.
Conversely, I expect clients to hold themselves to a high standard of behavior as well. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel your safety is at risk or a client exhibits unacceptable behavior, please find me so I can take steps immediately.
Body Positive Photography Pledge
As a body positive photographer, I:
» View human bodies — all of them — with honesty, joy and compassion» Seek out a wide range of people who aren’t trained models for my portfolio images
» Don’t talk about “problem areas” or “flaws”
» Don’t strive to make bodies look smaller or larger than they actually are
» Don’t digitally remove permanent aspects of people’s bodies like fat rolls or wrinkles
» Honor the body that each person has in this moment, in all its beauty and uniqueness
» Strive to capture a wide range of body types, shapes, sizes, colors and orientations in my portfolio work, both to increase the representation of people in underrepresented bodies and to make clients in any conceivable body feel safe working with me
» Use poses that are reasonably comfortable for each person’s body shape and size, rather than slavishly imitating only poses that very thin people use
» Feature a full range of client and portfolio images on my website and in my social media, not just “aspirational” bodies