RAW

A photographic journey to radical self love.

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RAW (adjective): Stripped | Exposed | Unrefined

Who are you underneath the mask you present to the world?

 

I bet you're secretly a rule breaker who doesn't fit the mold. I bet there’s something brewing inside you that's dying to be seen.

 

But because society has overlooked these parts of you, or deemed them “too much” or "not enough," you've tucked them safely away where they can't be judged any longer.

But they're tugging at your heart, begging to be witnessed, loved, and accepted.

 

It’s time to reclaim these parts of your soul. To become whole again. To know your power and worth like you did long before society came in and dimmed your light.

RAW is a photo project that exposes the beauty hidden in the cracks of your soul, the parts that have been cut off for far too long.

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Can you remember a time when you knew exactly who you were and what you wanted, and voiced your opinions and feelings without a filter? Before you were called “bossy” or “too much”?

 

Or perhaps when you let your body be free, no need to suck in or cover up, before you were told that was inappropriate and you should hide your belly?

 

A time before you constantly looked in the mirror to criticize yourself for all the ways you didn’t fit the mold like you were supposed to?

Hiding is exhausting.

 

It's imprisoning.

 

It's unfair.

 

And you're meant for so much more.

BRITT S.

“My RAW shoot felt like 6 months of therapy in 4 hours. It was healing, painful, and amazing all at the same time.”

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Reclaim Your Beauty. Reclaim Your Power.

It’s time for ALL of you to be seen and heard.

It’s time for that little girl to get a voice at the table that’s been long reserved for only “good girls” who play by the rules and don’t rock the boat.

 

RAW is a place to be FREE. To let go of the ridiculous ideas society has used to chain you down, and to bring forth the dusty hidden parts of your soul. It’s a place to be witnessed for who you really are, not for the mask that’s been molded over the years.

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Let’s create works of art from your shadows and your light. So you can inhabit your wholeness once again. For the world needs women like you in your uninhibited power, to stand in your purpose and bring forth your gifts so we can all heal.

Ashley M.

“My whole life, I’ve been told there is an aesthetic I’m supposed to have as a ballet dancer. But I’ve come to realize that those boundaries are meant to be broken. Acceptance is really about being present, and loving your body in the present moment.”

How a RAW Photoshoot Works.

No makeup, no hairstyling, no photoshop. Just you.

1. Shame

 

We’ll explore the parts of you that you've hidden for so long. I'll create a safe space for you to express all that's been left unfelt and unsaid. You'll be witnessed in your truth, and we'll create art from your RAW essence.

2. Reclamation

 

Then you’ll get to reject all the beliefs placed upon you, all the shame you’ve carried. Let it all go in a powerful physical release of anger.

3. Liberation

 

And finally, you get to settle in to loving exactly who you are in this moment, and find a feeling of calm and serenity as you reclaim your power.

What to Expect

Pre-Shoot

We'll meet before your shoot to clarify your intention while I offer guidance and support for you to drop into the tender parts that are craving to be seen and healed. I'll take you through guided meditations, journal prompts, and exercises before your shoot. This allows you to connect deeply with yourself, cultivate tools and resources to manage shame, and prepare for the experience of a lifetime.

During the Shoot

 

I'm here to witness all the parts that have been hiding, to tell you it's ok, and to help you accept them. We begin the photoshoot with a meditation to drop in, then we'll embark on a healing journey where we explore each of the three stages together. By being witnessed in your wholeness, you allow shame to be transformed into art in front of the camera.

Photo Reveal

One of the most powerful parts of the experience, seeing your photos, allows you to witness your true beauty and love every part of yourself in a way you never have before. Once you can see your shame as a thing outside of you, it loses it's power over you. After looking through your photos, we will design custom art for your home so that the photos serve as a constant reminder that you are a work of art.

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Questions? Concerns? Fears?

Send them my way!! No judgments or shame here. I’ve heard it all.

Jessica W.

“I was shook. I expected to feel confronted by the photos but they were so artful, for the first time I couldn’t pick myself apart. It isn’t about bumps or lumps, it was just beautiful art.”

Frequently asked questions

Who is RAW for?


These sessions are for you if: - You’ve been on a healing path and you're ready to go a step deeper - You're struggling to fully express yourself - You want support in healing through life changes and grief - You want to celebrate how far you've come on your journey to self love - You're fed up with the negative beliefs around your self image - You're ready to transform shame and experience more liberation - You want to process difficult emotions in a safe container - You want to connect with yourself in a more intimate way - You’re ready to step more fully into your purpose and power

And, especially, if it feels a little edgy for you to do this! The feelings we most avoid are the most potent portals to real transformation.

I invite you to experience yourself in the most RAW and pure way. You are a work of art, my dear, and you deserve to see that for yourself.




Why RAW?


I've been helping women fall more deeply in love with themselves for years, and through hundreds of photoshoots, I've witnessed how incredibly hard we are on ourselves. Every woman who steps in front of my camera is a beautiful work of art, and yet it's so hard for her to see this for herself (and believe me, I've been in the same boat). I've used makeup, styling, posing, and retouching to help women see that they can look like the models they see in the media, and that they truly are beautiful. After years of photoshoots, it got me thinking - Why do we need all of these masks to see our inherent beauty? Why is it so hard for us to see the beauty in ourselves? Could it be possible to show women their beauty without all the charades? This is why I created RAW. RAW is a photo project that captures your unique beauty and essence underneath all the stories and beliefs you've been told about who you're supposed to be in order to be beautiful and worthy of love. Once you can see your shame as a piece of art that is outside of you, it loses it's power over you, and changes the way you relate to yourself.




About Jamie Nease


My mission as a transformational portrait photographer is to allow women the space to be truly seen, for exactly who they are, and to witness the beauty of their being beyond all the thoughts and ideas of who they think they’re supposed to be. I’m deeply passionate about this mission because I myself have lived a lifetime hiding. Hiding my essence, hiding my body, hiding my voice. Feeling unworthy and trying to fit into a box of who I’m supposed to be. I used to be a software engineer at Google. Yeah, that’s right. I was basically doing the opposite of what I do now. My parents were both software engineers, and I grew up thinking that worthiness would come from financial success and a desirable career where I could be viewed as super smart and “elite”. Of course I also thought worthiness came from being skinny, trendy, sexually desirable yet modest, likeable, sweet, quiet, agreeable, putting other’s desires above my own, following the rules, finding a suitable life partner, having children, the list goes on. My box was so tiny that I became invisible. Yet I was screaming to be seen for who I truly was. One day my body gave me a massive wake up call. I returned from a work trip to India, and my jaw locked up. Not just for a couple of days or a month, but for a full YEAR. After being repeatedly told by doctors to just take anti-depressants or muscle relaxers, without any regard for what was actually happening to my body, I went on a quest to heal myself. On my healing journey (which has turned into a lifelong journey) I discovered that I was living a lie. I didn’t even know who I was or what I actually wanted. I only knew what I’d been told. Through my work with many healers, coaches, body workers, and an incredible therapist, I’ve discovered that what I really want is to help womxn like myself release the shame they carry around and see how beautiful and powerful they really are. So they can live their lives fully expressed and in their purpose. So we can step into our power and heal the world. Because that’s the medicine I’ve needed. And I can see how much shame plagues our society and every womxn I've photographed. I’ve experienced deep depressions, crippling anxiety, and chronic debilitating pain. And I’ve also experienced what healing feels like. These sessions are created from the deepest longings of my heart and soul to create healing on the planet. Because I truly believe that as womxn heal and stand in their purpose, the world will heal.





It’s time to say “yes” to healing yourself.

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