Love Thy Body – Agroterra Photography

Leah DeCesare, Leah DeCesare RI, Love Thy Body Leah, Agroterra Photography, My talented friend, Lisa Gendron, has launched a project entitled Love Thy Body – Women celebrate themselves in essays and portraits. Lisa invited me to participate and I’m honored to be the first featured in her series.

Click here to read my Love Thy Body essay and to see Lisa’s artistry in photography.

I bared myself in writing and physically for this project. Lisa and I spent a chilly morning together in her studio, chatting while she snapped away, making me feel like a model.

Since the photos accompanying the essay are on the Internet, I was quite selective in what I chose for Lisa to post, but all of the images are something I’ll cherish.

Lisa shared that she treasures an old photo of her own grandmother and told me that it will be so special for my children, and even my grandchildren, to have a beautiful picture of me years from now. I love that thought.

Here’s how my piece begins:

I have a what feels like a confession, but I have no apologies. I love me. I love who I am: my spirit, my mind, my heart, and yes, I love my body. Loving my body is like a guarded secret, something that seems unacceptable to admit. It’s not that I don’t see my body’s flaws, lumps and wrinkles, it’s that I embrace them and accept me wholly. Today, I give voice to the joy my body brings me; no hiding that I’m happy with who I am inside and out.

So I bare myself for you. Please read my Love Thy Body essay then come back here and leave a comment to let me know what you think!

Here’s the link to the post on Agroterra Photography.

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