"Fuck Yeah, I'm Gorgeous!" | Harp & Hare Photography

When we first saw a photo of Samara from Jamie Haire on Instagram, we reposted because we were drawn in and in love. So how happy were we when Jamie submitted the entire set to us? We're showing of this gorgeous intimate set of Sam, and Jamie's words resonate with our recent work on self-love. Take a look and let this set draw you in like it does to us!

I first worked with Samara for a stylized set of images we submitted to Gothesque Magazine. It was very different from what I normally do, but I really enjoyed working with her. Sam is an up-and-coming model, and she is willing to do all sorts of photography, and she had mentioned doing a boudoir session. I had just recently completed transforming my single car garage into a working studio space, and was dying to test out the light. Sam agreed to model, and the results were even better than I had hoped.

What I love about Sam is her confidence and her support of body positivity and promoting body love. She really is amazing with her modeling, and she has such confidence and natural beauty, and with that and her modeling career taking off, she is in a position to really help others learn to love their bodies.

As someone who has spent their entire adult life hating their body, I can appreciate the confidence she not only possesses, but helps to instill in others with her modeling work. Working with Sam has started to break down some of the self-consciousness I have built up, and I’m starting to feel that maybe it is okay to BE okay with myself. I’m still working on it, but Sam has got it down.

When I asked Samara what she loved about her session with me, she said “It was easy to work with me and I felt I was able to embrace society’s view of “imperfections” and still feel perfect. Boudoir is beautiful because you see yourself the way most of the world sees you. It’s really easy to critique ourselves, and to believe that we are not worthy and not good enough. When I started modeling, I had a lot of self doubt about who I was as a model and if I was attractive enough. And yeah, inner confidence has much to do with it, but I think a lot more of it is seeing yourself in a beautiful light and being like “fuck yeah, I’m gorgeous.” And you carry that around. All of a sudden you start carrying yourself better, standing a little taller, treating yourself a little better. Eating a little better, drinking more water... I loved being able to see myself as real and gorgeous. I loved that I could see my imperfections and still be like “hell yes!” and celebrate who I am. I didn’t feel gorgeous or otherworldly like some photo shoots. Which is appropriate for modeling, if that makes sense. It helped me see that I am perfect as I am. It also helped me defeat some of the body standards pushed on me by a photographer who I worked with previously.”

Everything she said made me realize that if I can make her feel confident and more relaxed and able to love her body the way it is, I can do that for others. I wish to god someone could do that for me, because it is so awful to hate yourself to the point where you can’t stand looking in the mirror. I don’t want anyone else to feel that way, and if I can just show people how beautiful they are, that’s a real gift.

I'm a 32 year old photographer specializing in natural light women's portraits, boudoir, and just getting into couples photography. I love photographing women of all kinds, because I get the chance to make them feel beautiful, which in turn makes me feel pretty nice. In my spare time, I hang out with my husband, our 3 kids, and 2 dogs, and enjoy reading, old movies, listening to music, and love hiking, camping, and roller derby. I'm located on the Olympic Peninsula near Olympic National Park.

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