Modern Muse isn’t only for women. When we say that we are inclusive – that means what we understand that all bodies can feel the need to be seen as worthy. We know that body image is something all people can struggle with and that men want to be able to see themselves with love and compassion, and that they too are sensual beings. I was so thrilled to be able to with this this wonderful human to help document and capture part of what makes him feel alive.? And so grateful that he was willing to share these images too!
I’ll let his own words take it from here.
I started wearing lingerie because it made me feel good about myself and the way I look. I wanted to celebrate that and kind of memorialize it in a way I guess? And I thought being in front of a camera would make me feel glamorous and beautiful.
I think this experience it made me feel safer about being open about this side of myself with people and being proud of it rather than feeling like I need to hide it from so many people. A very select few knew about it but it helped me feel like I could open up more. Honesty mostly because I’m so proud of the images that I want to share them with people.
I was worried about reaching out to do a session like this that people would think I was just a pervert who wanted people to see me naked/ in lingerie. I was also worried that the cost would make it impossible right from the start because I had never done a photo session of any kind before so I had no idea what to expect. Other than that, it was all just excitement at the possibility.
The shoot was, in a word, amazing. I had so much fun! In the first outfit I was a little nervous and shy but after a few minutes I felt myself relax and I was able to just go with the flow. It was a freeing experience and one in which I was able to express myself in ways I had never been able to before. The atmosphere was fun and relaxing the entire time and that’s because of Allana for sure. Amazing and awesome are the words that come to my mind.
Seeing the images for the first time was incredible. I never thought I could look as good as I did. It was so hard to whittle it down because I loved every single image. It made me feel great about myself. Like wow, I actually do look good, I’m not as ugly as I always feel like I am.
While I’m still keeping it a secret from a lot of people. I’m sure they would understand and be supportive but I just don’t want all the questions that I think would come a long with it. It did change though in that I’ve told many more people than I thought I’d feel safe telling.
I’m so glad you called. I’m so glad we could hold space for you to breathe into this beautiful part of you. There is a seat for you at this table!