Has this ever been you?
If you’ve ever hidden behind other people, bushes, convenient tables or the camera to keep someone from taking a picture of your belly, I get it. You’re not alone.
For a very long time, I hated having photos taken. I’d avoid it, be conveniently out of the room, stand in the back row, hide behind something or outright refuse.
This is me at prom in 1997. I’m hiding behind a table AND my knee.
When I did allow someone to take a photo of me, later on I’d pick it — and myself — apart.
(And as a large-bodied person, I knew that the world disapproved of my body at least as much as I did.)
In fact, I first became a nature photographer in part so I could hide behind the camera. Whoops, sorry, I can’t be in that photo, I’m over here taking a very important photo of this bee. Yes.
But that’s an exhausting way to live. It sucked to be constantly hiding and apologizing for my body. And it sucked to deprive my loved ones of photos to remember joyful moments by because I was too busy hating myself and hiding.
When I became a portrait and boudoir photographer, something had to give. How could I capture people’s bodies while at the same time believing that bodies are shameful and should be hidden?
I had to change the way I saw bodies, but that wasn’t enough — I had to help my clients change the way they saw themselves.
That’s what I’m passing on to you.
It’s time pictures stopped being miserable. It’s time you were SEEN.
Allowing yourself to be seen takes effort, but it’s not a mystery. In fact, there are tried-and-true strategies drawn from psychology, therapy and activism.
SEEN. combines these strategies into one 6-month program along with personalized guidance and support from me before, during and after you have photos taken.
Use SEEN. to make your experience easier with ANY photographer or event — a wedding, party, boudoir or portrait session, family photos or even just having a friend snap some pics.
Cost: $497 (see below for equity pricing and payment plans)
No more using pillows like this:
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), disabled folks, the queer community and people with hip measurements over 50″
Take $25 off with code SEENEQUITY
Your fearless leader
I’m Lindley (she/her), and for the last eight years I’ve been changing the world by normalizing images of people in larger bodies. That means helping people understand why we feel bad about our bodies in the first place, and giving plus-size and fat people a safe place to explore how their bodies look in photographs.
Here’s What You Get
Pre-Photo Hype Session
Meet with me before your photos to learn customized poses, plus body image and confidence boosters. (60 minutes)
Day-of-Photos Chat Support
Let me soothe your last-minute jitters the day of your photo session.
Post-Photo Love Session
Process thoughts and feelings that come up when your photos are done in a safe, knowledgeable, comforting environment. (60 minutes)
All-Access Event Pass
Free access to all workshops and Body Liberation Blanket Fort events during your membership.
Body Liberation Blanket Fort
Make friends and thrive in my diet-talk-free, fat-positive, thriving online community. Practice being seen and improve your body image in a supportive, warm environment.
Body Liberation Library
Draw on my collection of original and curated body image and body liberation tools and resources.
Enhance Your Experience
Add on a photo session with me now, or any time during SEEN.
Body Appreciation Photo Session
Supported by the SEEN. program, you and I will venture out for a two-hour custom photo session in a gorgeous Pacific Northwest location (or at my Renton, WA studio).
These sessions are a blend of portraiture, boudoir and fine art nudes, customized for you. A trusted assistant will be on hand to carry your things, so all you need to do is be your authentic self.
After your Post-Photo Love Session, you’ll receive 20 high-resolution digital images from your session, a 5×5″ album and custom video.
They’re open to people of all genders, presentations, and levels of fitness/ability. Hair and makeup services are an optional addition. Please contact me with any questions!
Starts at $999
Body Celebration Photo Session
The photo session of your dreams! Supported by the SEEN. program, you and I will venture out for a full-day custom photo session in a gorgeous Pacific Northwest location (or at my Renton, WA studio).
You’ll start the day with professional hair and makeup (if you choose) before we head out to a scenic locale. Your food and transportation are taken care of, and a trusted assistant will be on hand to carry your things so all you need to do is be your authentic self.
After your Post-Photo Love Session, you’ll receive ALL the high-resolution digital images from your session, a 30-page luxury album, five matted prints in a beautiful 11×14 watered silk folio box and a wrought-iron stand to display your prints.
These sessions are a blend of portraiture, boudoir and fine art nudes, customized for you. They’re open to people of all genders, presentations, and levels of fitness/ability. Please contact me with any questions!
Starts at $2695
You’ll have six months from the date you sign up to schedule and attend your one-on-one sessions.
Nope! You can work with any photographer anywhere, or have a friend take your photos. You can even pair SEEN. with a self-portraiture course.
Currently, yes. The support given by the Pre-Photo Hype and Post-Photo Love Sessions are an integral part of a safe, supportive session experience, so SEEN. and my individual photo sessions are like peanut butter and jelly.
The exception are business visuals sessions, which you can find here and are for entrepreneurs and businesses only.
I’m happy to offer a full refund up to 48 hours after you sign up. Depending on the situation, I may be able to provide a partial refund at a later point. Please contact me to discuss it.
When in doubt, use the discount code. It’s there to help you, not to make you feel guilty, so don’t hesitate.
Each hype session is customized, so the agenda will vary, but in general you can expect to spend about 60 minutes with me preparing for your session. That could look like:
- Discussing what emotions are coming up for you and strategies for managing them
- Exploring where your body image comes from
- Learning how to use your voice with your photographer
- Planning wardrobe and props
- Learning poses to use for your photos
Have a whole cheering section in your pocket the day you have photos taken! Get quick support and last-minute encouragement. (Must reserve at least 1 week in advance. Available 8 am – 6 pm Pacific time via Discord, text or FB Messenger.)
Like the pre-photo session, each Post-Photo Love Session is customized, but in general you can expect to spend about an hour going through your photos with me. (If your photo session was with me, this is the first time you’ll see your images.)
Depending on how you’re feeling and what comes up for you, we may:
- Go through your photos together
- Discuss body fears and beliefs that popped up during your photos
- Explore your favorite and least favorite photos + why
- Take a kind and comforting look at your images
- Have a mini exposure therapy session
- Talk about how to make peace with your photos
You’ll get free access to any public webinars or events I hold during your membership, plus the body doubling, fat-friendly hangouts and other events in the Body Liberation Blanket Fort.
For the duration of your SEEN. membership, you’ll get access to the Body Liberation Library, which includes both hand-picked and original resources I’ve developed:
» Fat-Positive & Health at Every Size® Group Guide
» Podcast Guide
» Stock Image Library
» HAES Resource Library
» Honoring the Body Printable Poster Book
» Exclusive interviews and more