"The excitement to do the shoot came not from any exhibitionist tendencies, but more so from a recent consciousness of self worth and love, and being able to celebrate that in the most natural form possible."


When Liza first asked me if I was interested in doing a nude photo shoot I was surprisingly exuberant. I have often fantasized about cooking naked in my kitchen, but never thought I would be so excited to have someone photograph it. Only recently have I developed an appreciation and adoration for my own body, and the opportunity to validate these feelings by doing something that entails me to be completely comfortable in my own skin was beyond doubt a fulfilling experience. The excitement to do the shoot came not from any exhibitionist tendencies, but more so from a recent consciousness of self worth and love, and being able to celebrate that in the most natural form possible. I have never been the commercially ideal body type so to speak, and have struggled with body image issues in the past, allowing myself to feel only as good as someone else saw me. I feel I have come a long way from that person, and I was happy to reveal it.

Perhaps it was the memorized routine of baking my favourite cookies that eased the vibes during the shoot, focusing on making awesome cookies Liza would love rather than how my body looked at every angle. I love food, cooking it, eating it, but mostly feeding it to other people and wanting to make them feel good. Midway through I realized that this was the first time in a while I wanted to make someone else feel good and at the same time felt genuinely good about myself inside and out. Doing something that comes so naturally to me and being in my most natural state was exceptionally liberating. Right before we started I had the hesitation not to tell anyone once it was up, in fear that the photo might become known amongst my social group, but now having done the shoot I want to invite people to share in my nakedness if it makes them feel equally as comfortable in their own skin as I am in my own now.  
















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