Having a creative outlet is so important to keep things fresh and challenging. I love love love taking pictures for other people, but I think I do it better when I make sure I am also taking pictures for myself. This year for our annual art crawl in Collingwood I spent the summer working with the most wonderful women. I’m constantly seeking to capture a moment in a way that demands an emotive response. In my head this series was initially called ‘pieces of her’. I wanted to explore femininity, I also wanted challenge myself to elicit emotional response without access to facial expression. I planned to use images of parts of a woman’s body to express this. My models were all real women, often women who had never taken their clothes off outside of their own homes and I wanted them to feel safe. What happened instead was this wonderful group of women gave me so much more than I’d hoped. They got excited and honest, they explored parts of themselves they may never have before. Instead of sticking to my initial limitations I was given these incredible vignettes of whole bodies, which was amazing and far more compelling. I am honoured and grateful for their trust. This series became about connection, with each other, with the earth. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these are images of women who are taking it back and deciding for themselves.'