Beauty isn't skin deep. It lives in the soul and wholeness of our most vulnerable selves. Redefine beauty for yourself because you are not beautiful like me. You are beautiful like you.

Are you beautiful like you?

What does beautiful mean to you? Can you say you are beautiful? Going through your journey and discovering your true self means that you start seeing beauty as something that comes from within. It comes from experiencing life, both lightness and darkness, from accepting and loving yourself. It comes from being flawed and human and trusting that you are whole. It comes from living with raw openness that leaves you vulnerable to pain but also to joy and gratitude. It means you feel fully, experiencing all of life's richest pleasures and deepest pains. You stand in it with open palms, ready to receive, and show up unapologetically as your most authentic self.

“Once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand. You can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

Margery Williams, Velveteen Rabbit

Gabriela

I am beautiful because…

I am wounded and messy and fragile.
I feel pain, the pain of others, the pain in myself.
I believe in beauty and want to share the beauty and goodness I see in the world.

Being raw means I open up, I want to be seen and I want others to see me.

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Jessica

I am beautiful because…

The darkness of my past isn’t an anchor,
but the spark to ignite the fire of who I really am.
I show up as my real self
without all the layers I’ve hidden behind in the past.

Being raw means I fully embrace my darkness to find my light and joy.

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DJ

I am beautiful because…

I am willing to look at hard times as lessons that will eventually fill my heart and soul with more happiness.
I’m trying to find the balance between accepting myself fully and allowing myself to grieve when I cannot.

Being raw means I am becoming proud of the woman I am today because I am queer, I am a woman and I am me.

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Karen

I am beautiful because…

I am open, honest and willing to learn.
I’m a survivor who bravely chooses to lean into softness.

Being raw means apologizing when I’m wrong, crying when I’m feeling, and standing up for what’s right.

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Kalanit

I am beautiful because…

My mother almost died and I found appreciation.
I was raped and I found gratitude.
I lost myself to others and I rediscovered my true self.

Being raw means finding the beauty in both the light and the dark.

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Hannah

I am beautiful because…

I am soft and sweet.
I am hard and protective.
My heart has been ripped from my chest.
I embody pure joy.

Being raw means embracing the vastness of the in between, knowing it makes me who I am.

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Lisa

I am beautiful because…

I am stardust and sea water.
The iron in my blood comes from the supernovas before me,
whereas the salt and water from the oceans beside me.
I am part of this magnificent universe and the love and light in me chooses to see the love and light in you.

Being raw means choosing a life where my faith is greater than my fear.

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Audrey

I am beautiful because…

I felt powerless from sexual assault.
I believed I was weak, unlovable and not good enough.
I reclaimed my body and my power.
I am strong, lovable, capable and worthy.

Being raw means letting my inside shine outside.

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Raw Session

Experience Your True Beauty through Shadow & Light

PRE-SESSION

Consultation

SESSION DAY

Exploration & Writing
Portrait Session

POST SESSION

5×7 Archival Print & Poem presented in a Matted 11×15 Black Frame
Portrait Processing Session

Let's Connect

Want to explore how a RAW Session may be right for you? Contact me at judyleephotos@gmail.com or use the form below to schedule a no pressure consultation. Located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.