One of the most humbling and most rewarding things for me as a photographer, is to have other artists themselves inspired by my work. I have been blessed to work with so many amazing artists out there and to build art together, is so god damn cool. Collaboration is a beautiful thing and may it always continue to work wonders in my life as an artist and the artists around me.

This beautiful lady Alida here is an amazing writer and poet inspired by the stories of her past, her body and being a womxn. @priestessofgoodvibes on instagram, Alida is pairing her boudoir photos with beautiful and amazing writing enhancing the beauty of both the photos and the writing so elegantly. Poetry that cuts to your soul. Stories shared that give you perspective and writing that is so profound and transformative.

I am honored and excited for all our upcoming shoots to help her keep creating her art. We have already had two amazing shoots! Here is the first one with some of my favorite pieces of writing she has paired with this session. I cannot wait to keep reading her words <3 Follow her along on her journey.

 

PRIESTESS OF GOOD VIBES

I’ll be honest
It won’t ever be simple to be my friend
I will challenge
Dare you to see yourself
As the exquisite powerhouse
Of raw energy you are
I will ask you to give everything
Push when you might otherwise bend
Prioritize your dreams
In return
I will give back everything
I will walk with you
For however long you will have me
Show you everyday
You are limitless
And you
You are loved

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A LOVE STORY

i once was
i am now
i will be
lonely
surrounded
forever grateful
because
you found me

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PASSENGER

It was on the train
A rare sunny Seattle day
I wore lipstick
Unusual for me
But I’m always trying new things
Stretching and growing
Into my wings
I caught your eye
You stuck in your old ways
Starring at girls hungrily
Plucking out our feathers
Everyday
Touching yourself through sweatpants
Everyone else looking away
I smudged that lipstick
Right off my face
Ashamed
As another man hopped on
He too
Snatched a fistful of feathers
Laying claim
So I stopped taking the train
Unusual for me
But I’m always trying new things
At least that’s what I tell myself
Even if it hollows me out a little more
With each passing day
Leaving me bare
Afraid

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AT WORLD’S END

I wonder who I might grab
The ones to help me survive
And the ones who will color
The world beautiful again
After ash and ruin
The phoenixes to our collective
Keep us human
As we navigate the dark
Remind us of song and dreams
Of magic and wonder
Because we will always need them
Not just the hunters, the gatherers
But also the artists and magicians

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COMBUSTION

You showed up here
Expecting a pile of pebbles
But you tripped and fell
Now look up from the foot
Of a mountain
You claim me emotional
Irrational
But let me tell you how
This shit will go down
You can call me a slut, whore, bitch
Shame, burn, pillage
My body and those of my sisters
But that ash keeps on piling
Hardening
Someday
What you’ve been stacking
Will birth fire
And that mountain
Will rage
Destroying everything
So I implore you please
Stop
Rise with
Not against me

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DELETE

You were the love of my life
But what I discovered
As more days passed
Without your call or consideration
Was you were the only love in my life

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