All About "Just Me"

A PORTRAIT PROJECT by AMY PAINE

What goes through your mind when I tell you to roll out of bed and show up to be photographed with no makeup or hair styling?

I must be crazy to ask that of you, right?

How often do you throw a filter on your photos to cover up and minimize your blemishes, scars, bruises, and wrinkles?

When was the last time you offered to take a photo instead of being in it because you didn't like how you looked?

I know you're curious about this experience and whether it's the right fit for you on your journey.

What are you feeling? What questions are on your mind?

What will hold you back from experiencing this?

How could it benefit you?

Think about it. 

 

There's no way I'm leaving the house without taming my natural hair. It's a frizzy mess, and that is not beautiful.

I look sick and tired when I don't have makeup on. I don't want photos of me like that!

I'm fat. I'll wait until I've lost 10...20...60 pounds before I step in front of a camera.

What happens if I hate myself in these images? Will I only see my imperfections?

 

You could probably come up with a million excuses of why you shouldn't do this, and that's why you SHOULD give yourself this experience. Challenge yourself to be vulnerable. Trust me and the process.

If you've never liked a portrait of yourself, what do you have to lose?

Hi! I'm Amy Paine. The "Just Me" Project started because of my own struggles and my own insecurities. I have been saying mean things to myself because I'm not the body I was a few years ago. I've told myself I am less beautiful. I've missed out on opportunities because I hid. I compare myself to who I was, frustrated that I do not fit into some of my favorite pieces of clothing. I hardly ever feel sexy or want to look at myself in the mirror. I've been avoiding the camera.

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One day, I set up my photo backdrop, brought out my hairdryer, put the camera up on a tripod, and took some selfies. I had no preparation, I did not have my hair curled or a stitch of makeup on my face. I prepared to hate all of the photos. 

But... I didn't. I actually LIKE a lot of the images I captured! This was amazing to me. It was a healing experience. I accepted these photos of myself as beautiful, raw, and very true to who I am. Even if I still was hiding my body, this was a big moment.

I thought, other women need this. I can give them this gift. I know I am not alone, that every person has insecurities and a story to tell. Every woman needs to feel beautiful in her nakedness and to see her body as art. That she is enough. She is enough NOW.

That's when the project was born.

Photo of me by Sara Ranlett

Photo of me by Sara Ranlett

I am humbled to hear the stories of the women who walk into my studio. I ask each woman the same questions, and our conversation and bond grow deeper from there.
1. What do you love most about yourself?
2. What do you love about your body?
3. What are the most hurtful things said to you or that you say to yourself?


It’s amazing how much easier it is to talk about the things we don’t like.


You are beautiful as you are. Your body allows you to do great things. You are enough. Embrace your imperfections. Exist in photographs. Schedule a "Just Me" photo experience. I'm here for you.

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1-hr sessions are $90 for one person, or are included in a collection purchase, starting at $290. Images start at $150.

Most clients invest North of $800, but there is no obligation to purchase any images or products you do not love.

P.S. I am signed up with Album Registry. This allows your friends and family to fund your collection as a gift. You deserve it, and if you want it, don't be afraid to ask for this experience! E-gift cards are available for purchase as well.

P.P.S. You can earn a session and print credit with my referral program. If you would like to learn more, ask me!