Total loan: $3,000
Phoenix, AZ, United States / Services
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A loan helped a woman-owned business overcome society standards and empower every woman to love their body.
Growing up, I was raised by a single mother who I watched struggle with a society that pushed a specific physical agenda on women without accepting those with a story. I remember my mom feeling ashamed of her radiation scars from battling thyroid cancer, her ongoing yo-yo diets, and her fear of showing her stretch marks on her tummy at the beach. However, in the same breath, she instilled in me just how strong women are without even telling me but showing me. Her scars are a badge of a strong survivor, her curves show that no matter how financially low we were we always had food on the table and her stretch marks are the result of giving another human being life. As I learned photography, I realized my camera could be used as a tool but also a weapon. Behind every magazine, every designer bag ad, and every unrealistic body being marketed, there was a photographer standing behind that camera and an editor airbrushing away the “so-called” imperfections. I decided that I was going to take a stand and use my camera for empowering women, not tearing them down. That every woman, no matter what shape or size is supermodel material and should love their body. Every scar and every dimple have a visual story and I’m just here to help my clients write it. This determination to find my voice as a photographer pushed me to create Self-Love Studios with Autumn Grace Photography. My goal is to create an experience like no other for every woman through boudoir photography and get them the supermodel treatment they deserve.