I met Jennifer in March, 2015 after having some amazing phone consultations. I originally contacted Lady Luck Pin Ups to do a photo shoot for the back cover of my book Unfinished Ink and for my website. We initially had chemistry and after meeting we both knew it was fate that our paths had crossed.
After an 8 hour day, I drove Jennifer home and we had a really great conversation about women and their bodies and people judging each other. No matter what size you are, fat or skinny, someone is there to cut on you. You are either too fat or too skinny. We both agreed that at some point we would have to work together to try to squash beauty standards and to revolutionize the world to make everyone feel good about who they are no matter what media dictates to us.
Getting back to my Lady Luck experience for a moment…as some of you might know me, I have always been self-conscious of my body and for a good part of my life, I never even owned a bathing suit and when I did wear one, I would still cover myself up. So when I did this shoot, I was definitely out of my comfort zone. But Jennifer’s contagious energy and spontaneous bursts of passionate tears, made it a wonderful place to be and I soon felt very comfortable in my own skin.
Now I am sure some of the photos could come across as provocative or “pornographic” however, being nude is not pornography. Also, I was just shy of 40 when I did this shoot and as everyone knows that when you age, your body does not look the same as it did when you were 18 years old. At least mine doesn’t. I’m proud of how the photos turned out and proud of my age and last year definitely gave me a whole new level of confidence and freedom and meeting Jennifer was the start of it.
Now getting back to the present day…
When Jennifer asked me to be part of the Lady Luck team to write and help share stories of all the women (and men) and their Lady Luck experience, I was ecstatic! And now here I am. Not only am I happy to help these people with their journey to feel good about themselves but Jennifer and I have many plans to help get the message out that you are beautiful inside and out and sometimes you need to hear that and we will be here to tell you that.
I am so happy to be part of the Lady Luck team and I am looking forward to sharing your stories. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words and they were right!
Thanks Jennifer for my Lady Luck experience and for all that you do.
Photography by Jennifer McCready
Founder, Owner & Photographer at Lady Luck Pin Ups
Words by Joanne Marlowe
Resident Writer at Lady Luck Pin Ups
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