Falling for your art is the most liberating feeling, the movement of our bodies in our natural state, pushing our limits, pursuing our interest, and not caring about what others think... all of this is a form of building confidence within ourselves. - Words by @kelelah Me with Michael @gmcgsell1 _ Check out @audriasana for more art
Do you prefer to travel alone or with a companion? _ I'm an introvert and love my alone time but I think I prefer to share my epic adventures with a partner. The experience is enhanced when there are two sets of eyes and feet and lungs to see, smell and feel the landscape. I also like how having someone with me pushes me to explore a little bit further than I would on my own especially when it's cold outside. As many photos or videos you take, nothing can ever capture the pure essence of a beautiful place, sharing this with someone helps cement the memory. _ Photo by @keatonhanson
What does it mean to be kind? Kindness is a dedication, a way of showing up in the world. Whereas niceness often happens in singular movements, kindness persists. Choosing to be kind is an intention set within yourself, that helps guide you in making decisions from a place of love. That urges you to find stillness in your anger, quiet in your anxiety, and happiness in every moment. Kindness is the reminder to be gentle. Be kind to yourself. To others. To the earth. To all beings, everywhere, without exception. - Photo of and words by Moira @mokill & Ashley @ashleyhanson07
What's the most thought-provoking question you’ve ever been asked? What do you wonder about, but are hesitant to ask others? Instead of always telling you my views, I want to hear about what intrigues the people that I'm in contact with. _ photos by @keatonhanson
If a tree falls in the forest, but nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Of course, it does. – Your thoughts, although unheard, make a sound that reverberates throughout your body and creates your reality. When you think positive things about yourself and others, your world opens up, and you become a beacon that people are drawn to. - I know it’s hard.. most of us, even myself, have asshole tendencies at times and things that annoy us, but mentally working hard to release judgment of yourself and others opens up new bright realities and powers you didn't realize you had. _ Photo by @keatonhanson To see the BTS video click the link in my bio
As a photographer I’m always trying to capture what seems impossible, to show people that IT IS possible. There is no illusion here. We are magical vessels holding boundless amounts of energy and love. All you need to do is find a way to release it. For Thanksgiving, I leave you with this quote from Helen Keller: “The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.” Happy Thanksgiving! Say thanks for the challenges that have made you stronger and commend yourself for not backing down from them. Now go stuff your face and unbutton your pants. You deserve it! _ I’m also thankful for you @biancajade
There's a ton of confusion in society about what's appropriate behavior and not appropriate. _ For instance, I got a question from a young man feeling guilty because he had sexual thoughts and got excited when looking at women’s booties. My response to him was you can and should have those types of thoughts as long as you’re not reacting in an inappropriate way to the women themselves. _ Everyone has sexy thoughts; you can't control those. People get turned on by beauty. I, for instance, get excited by a cold pinky in my ear. My boyfriend gets boners for bikes. Some people get all riled up over feet or knee pits, or a girl with a side pony or a dude cleaning a pool. IDK. All I'm saying is why would whatever God that put us here make it feel so damn good if they didn't want us to use it. _ That being said: Until you know a person is into it. Like they say to you flat out I like you. I'd like to get to know you better. I want to be with you. Try to keep those really dirty thoughts to yourself. The problems happen when people are forced against their will to do anything or be touched. It's pretty simple, right? – These are all my opinions so feel free to express yours below and say what you find "lovely" if its weird...
Make your life an active creation instead of passive participation. When we passively react to everything, external circumstances determine our destiny. When we instead take action, we can start to mold the future. Words by @williamlabontemusic _ I ran into William this morning at my favorite coffee shop, and we chatted about inspiration, making art and what drives us to create. We discussed the importance of not passively settling for what comes easily. Not letting fear stop us from continually creating. _ When you are a habitual creator, occasionally things turn out like a f u c k i n g disaster. Think of those disasters as positive because they mean you are taking risks and forming new ways of seeing your world.
I received a curious question yesterday. A lovely lady asked me if I get "sexual satisfaction from being an exhibitionist”. I don't know why this seemed funny to me, it makes complete sense that someone would believe this was my goal, but it’s actually never even crossed my mind. (Don't get me wrong if that's your thing more power to you!) – I do suppose at the beginning of posting nudes there was a sort of raw, nervous energy that coursed through my body.. but it was more of an anxious fear of offending or having people I work with and know, be upset or judgemental. _ Seeing the muscles of the human body is so inspiring and beautiful. I also love photographing other types of bodies that are not similar to my own. I believe everyone, no matter what size or form, has a story to tell and seeing someone in their true natural essence always brings joy to my eyes and I believe others too. _ I'd be thrilled to hear about what emotions you feel when you either pose nude or see a nude. This is always a space for dialogue and debate.. _ Clothes by @machinesforfreedom Bike by @thepoggio
@Kelelah and I had a lot of discussions this weekend about how creativity, dance, yoga, pole and expressing our artistic visions make us feel confident, self-sufficient and free. When you move your body and push it to its limit, you feel your inner strength and you let go of inhibitions. We'd love to hear what you do to feel confident so we can share some more ideas. @audriasana
What would your reaction be if a lady approached you in yoga class and asked if you'd be interested in modeling for her, in the nude??? Well, Phanuel, @phanuel3 this professional soccer player, was a little confused and like “Ummmm??” 😅 _ However, we chatted for a bit and I learned that he had an incredible and gorgeous girlfriend, Kristy @kritter12 (who actually shot these images of us). How amazing is it when a woman is so secure with herself that she happily lets her man pose naked with another woman, AND volunteers to take the photos! _ Stepping outside of our comfort zones allows us to learn new things about ourselves. I can't say that I even was totally comfortable with baring my body in front of a 25-year-old man I had just met, and Phanuel was definitely out of his comfort zone. _ However, He and Kristy are fearless examples of what people and couples are capable of when they are truly in love and secure with themselves. ❤️