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 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
  • Visiting the Portland, Oregon area

- then I want to hear from you!

If you're interested in modeling for Wellness Stock Shop in the future, please reach out.

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


  1. Jess l on January 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I do!

    • Briena Sash on January 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      Jess! Where are you? Get over here!

    • Pamela Graham on November 7, 2019 at 6:57 am

      I would so love to be apart of this! I'm in Canmore Alberta tho...if you ever find yourself in the Canadian Rockies for a photoshoot, lemme know! 🙂

      • Briena Sash on November 7, 2019 at 9:50 am

        Yay, Pamela! Please also be sure to reach out if you find yourself in Portland, Oregon!

  2. Jennifer Schidlow on January 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.

    • Briena Sash on January 27, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Yay, Jennifer!

  3. Elsa on April 5, 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 April 8, 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 April 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 April 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 May 4, 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

    Many thanks,

    • Briena Sash on May 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

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

  7. Shannon on May 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 May 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 May 19, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I am interested! I live in Chattanooga, TN.

    • Briena Sash on May 23, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, Mindy!

  9. Suzanne Taylor on June 23, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I would love to help with this mission! I am a Aromatherapist and life coach, and Live near Philadelphia in NJ ! Caucasian, blonde/gray hair and 52! Suzanne

  10. Laura McQueen on July 13, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Briena! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE what you are doing by collaborating w/ REAL women. Ugh, this is AMAZING!!! And the quality of the content is that much better because of it. I am in Seattle and occasionally visit PDX a few times through out the year. So whether you are in my neck of the woods or I am in yours I'd love to meet, grab coffee/tea, and snap some picts with you! I am a nutritional therapist and a prop/still life stylist so I bet we could make some gorgeous photos together. Thank you again for all that you do! Laura McQueen

    • Briena Sash on July 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      Laura, thank you for you're incredible sweetness and vibrant energy! I would absolutely LOVE to collaborate the next time you're visiting Portland. Please let me know! XO

  11. Christina Gordon on October 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome that you're doing this! I'm in NJ, in the NYC area 🙂

    • Briena Sash on November 2, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Thanks so much, Christina! Don't hesitate to reach out in case you find yourself in the Portland, Oregon area too!

  12. Pamela Frank on October 20, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Hi Briena, I love your photography. I'm a naturopathic doctor in Toronto and would love to collaborate if you're in town. Best, Pamela

    • Briena Sash on November 2, 2019 at 9:55 am

      Thanks so much, Pamela! Please also feel free to reach out if you find yourself visiting the Portland, Oregon area. I'd love to connect!


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