I have joked recently that the fact I’m a photographer for hire is my best kept secret. I’ve never been good at self promotion. This year, I decided I was going to get back in touch with my inner creative, and what a ride it’s been.
I imagined getting in touch with my inner creative to be like Merida in Brave chasing willow the wisps; in a word:
The reality has not been ethereal, unless you consider ethereal sleepless nights and distracted days, constantly jotting and plotting ideas. I am telling myself that after years of barely giving my Creative a passing glance, she is making up for lost time, but there’s also a possibility that this is just life now.
I made the decision that I would post daily to Instagram in June. I had written some posts and felt I needed specific imagery for them, and did a last minute shout out on facebook to see who could make it to the beach for a photoshoot.
The perfect group showed up for me, and the results were magical. You see them all over my website and branding, because I can’t imagine a more perfect visual to accompany messages of sisterhood and empowerment.
When I thought about engaging creatively, I thought maybe I would write more, or do some projects around the house. I really didn’t think that it would revive my photography, but it has.
I also didn't count on the impact getting together this group of women would have. We ALL were empowered. We all left feeling like we had a stronger support system and connection. We all left feeling less alone in our femininity. We practiced and embodied taking up space. We practiced and embodied not smiling for someone else. We got dirty, we played, and we had such a wonderful time. In the end, I have these photos all over because they fit. But also because they inspire me, and every time I look at them I think of my badass friends showing up with less than 24hrs notice just because I asked them to.
The scary thing about the roles and stories we are handed as women is how ingrained they are. When we actively flip that script, and move in ways we are told to never move, and pose in ways we are taught not to pose, we practice reclamation.
Fair warning: if you ask to awaken your inner creative, be prepared. You might just end up chasing the moon.
Megan is a writer and creator from Wallingford, CT. She is passionate about empowering women to step into the full power and identity they were created to embrace and claim.