Feminine Stock Photos With Diversity
Diversity in photos - it's essential, but hard to find
When you go to a stock photo site, you will often see the same types of people every time. The thin honey blonde with her hands up to the sky. The beautiful Caucasian family with pearly white smiles. It’s what is available.
i believe there needs to be more
Today’s society makes people, particularly women, feel inadequate. We’re told we should look a certain way, even without words. The images that are everywhere are of the ‘perfect’ models.
The problem is that this won’t change until we start changing the images we use. Diversity needs to be normalized, so that it's familiar instead of uncomfortable. And so that it's fully appreciated for the gift that it is. Diversity enriches our world and makes it so much more interesting and beautiful.
Inclusive images can also be a tool to encourage self-love in those who aren’t our society's standardized ‘perfect’ person. Just look at how having people like Beyonce in the spotlight has helped to grow the self-love among those who identify with her! When we see someone who ‘matches’ us, it helps us to realize that we’re not alone in the world. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with us, because there are others just like us. In fact, we are all beautiful and worthy and perfect as we are.
At the end of the day, every person is different. And every person should be able to see images that suit their age, shape, size, ethnicity, abilities and beyond.
So what am I doing about it?
I believe that it’s essential to encourage inclusivity in all forms of media – and that includes stock photos. There are different body types, skin tones, ages and abilities within the health and wellness community, just like everywhere else. I want to help businesses present a more inclusive presence in this way.
This is why, when I create images for Wellness Stock Shop, I do not hire professional models, even though it would make my work easier. It's important to me to create imagery with accuracy and authenticity, and to support real practitioners whenever I can. So I seek out practitioners that are interested in an exchange – they model for my stock images, and they can then use those photos for free. This way, I can support small businesses while creating the images my community asks for.
The ladies in Wellness Stock Shop photos are real, every-day women from around the world who have insecurities just like you and me. But they step up and in front of the camera in order to collaborate in bringing realness and authenticity to the world of feminine stock photography.
I'm so grateful and honored to collaborate with each and every one of them and hope you enjoy the photos!