Feminine Stock Photos With Diversity

Diversity Stock Photos of Women

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.

Diverse 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.

At the end of the day: every person is different. And every person should be able to see images that suit their ethnicity, their body shape, their age, their abilities. These are all things that should be accepted, loved, and honored without judgment.

Body Diversity Stock Photos for women

So what am I doing about it?

I believe that it’s essential to encourage diversity in all forms of media – and that includes stock photos. There are different body types, skin colors, ages and abilities within the health and wellness community, just like everywhere else. I want to represent that diversity.

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.

Carley Schweet women's body positive model

The ladies in Wellness Stock Shop photos are real, every-day women in the health and wellness industry 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 wellness stock photography.​​

There are just a few problems. First, I live in one of the ‘whitest’ cities in America! So it can be hard for me to access the diversity I want. Second, it's not as easy as it seems to find women who are confident enough to jump in front of a camera - especially to have their photos be used as stock images.

Donna Marie Wellness women's body positive stock photos

Here’s where you come in

I will be traveling in the near future. And I want to find the beautiful, diverse health and wellness experts that are out there in the wide world!

So if you are:

  • A health/wellness practitioner or expert in any modality
  • Confident with stepping in front of a camera
  • Willing to have your images used as stock imagery by Wellness Stock Shop in exchange for having your own beautiful images to use

- then I want to hear from you!

If you're interested in modeling for Wellness Stock Shop in the future, please comment below to let me know - and include where you're from! 

Bonus hugs if you share this with any friends/groups who you think might be interested in collaborating as well.

14 Comments

  1. Jess l on 01/23/2018 at 6:06 pm

    I do!

    • Briena Sash on 01/23/2018 at 6:20 pm

      Jess! Where are you? Get over here!

  2. Jennifer Schidlow on 01/26/2018 at 8:38 am

    I'm in! I love your work and I love this initiative! I live in the suburbs of NYC.

  3. Elsa on 04/05/2018 at 8:57 am

    I absolutely LOVE that you are doing this and also feel very strongly about it. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am interested in connecting with you! Thank you for the work you are doing.

  4. Briena Sash on 04/08/2018 at 8:42 am

    Thank you, Elsa! The way we represent women, bodies and diversity needs to change. Diversity makes the world so beautiful and it's so important to me to celebrate it in all forms through my imagery. XO

  5. Michal on 04/16/2018 at 6:39 am

    Not sure how far you plan on travelling, however if you are heading Down Under to Sydney, Australia then I would be interested.

    • Briena Sash on 04/23/2018 at 5:29 pm

      Oh my goodness, that would be amazing! I will certainly keep you updated if I make it to Australia. Thanks so much for connecting, Michal!

  6. Ciara on 05/04/2018 at 7:47 pm

    Please - I'd like a chance to see if I am within your area and have new experience and opportunity.

    S.E. Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia.

    Many thanks,

    • Briena Sash on 05/11/2018 at 10:28 am

      Thank you, Ciara! If I make it to Australia, I will certainly connect!

  7. Shannon on 05/13/2018 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Briena ~ I actually sent you an email asking how diverse your imagery offerings were about a week ago... I would be happy to help you in this regard!
    I am in NYC, but am from WI and travel back there every year. I also plan to travel to Nashville in July, and will be in Northern CA late summer/early fall. Will our paths cross??

    • Briena Sash on 05/23/2018 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Shannon, Amazing! Thanks so much for chiming in. I don't have plans to visit those areas at this time, but that doesn't mean our paths might not meet in the future! I'll be posting announcements when I travel to different areas and will cross my fingers that we'll be able to meet someday soon!

  8. Mindy Turner on 05/19/2018 at 7:48 am

    I am interested! I live in Chattanooga, TN.

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