Hiya! I’m Lindley. I help plus-size and fat folks reclaim their bodies with stunning body positive boudoir and lifestyle portrait photography. I specialize in working with people of all sizes, ethnicities and genders, not just the ones whose bodies are likely to be seen in magazines and advertisements.

I come from a body positive and fat positive ethical grounding, so I work primarily with folks who live in large bodies, are people of color and/or members of the LGBTQIAP+ community.

My photographic style is vivid and lush, with crisp focus and lingering attention to details. I work outdoors when Seattle weather permits for an ever-changing natural backdrop.

Our culture sets a very narrow range of “acceptable” bodies and punishes those who fall outside it.

This narrow ideal affects us. A recent study found that “70% of teen girls agreed that magazines strongly influenced what they thought was the ideal body type.” Also, “Numerous correlational and experimental studies have linked exposure to the thin ideal in mass media to body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin ideal, and disordered eating among women.”

I think every body on the planet is beautiful and worthy just as it exists today. That’s why I’m channeling my 15 years of photography experience into creating stunning portraits of non-mainstream bodies, particularly curvy and full-figured women. I work with people of all sizes, genders, orientations, ability levels, and ethnicities. I have a natural gift for finding the unique beauty in every person and making them feel comfortable, safe and empowered.

This kind of judgment-free approach is extraordinarily rare in the crowded photography market. In fact, I’m so committed to this approach that unlike most portrait photographers — who do heavy skin retouching and routinely make their clients look thinner by using tricks like the Photoshop ‘liquefy’ tool — the only retouching I do is light skin smoothing, very subtle blemish removal and a few tweaks to make clients’ eyes come alight in the final images.

If you’d like to chat further about my work and my body positive approach, I’d be delighted! I’m available for interviews and follow-up questions as well. You can reach me by any of the methods below.

Sincerely,
Lindley Ashline

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Contact Information

Lindley Ashline

lindley@bodyliberationphotos.com

Facebook: Body Liberation Photos

Instagram: @bodyliberationphotos

Twitter: @bodylibphotos

Website: https://www.bodyliberationphotos.com

Company Information

Launched: August 2015

Owner: Lindley Ashline

Company Profile

Body Liberation Photos is a Seattle, WA-based portrait and boudoir photography studio. Photographer Lindley Ashline helps large-bodied and fat people of all genders reclaim their gorgeous, their sexy, and their confident with stunning body-positive portrait and boudoir sessions. These sessions range from 60-minute boudoir sessions to far-flung, day-long sessions in the beautiful Washington state wilderness.

What makes Body Liberation Photos different is Lindley’s grounding and ethical foundation in body acceptance. Her commitment to respecting and elevating all bodies leads her to seek out clients and models who have what might be called “non-mainstream” or underrepresented bodies and ethnicities such as plus sizes, LGBTQIAP+, and people of color. This commitment means that people of all sizes, shapes, colors and backgrounds are truly welcomed — not just tolerated — and that the poses clients are coached through are designed for each unique body.

Stock Photos

With the advent of online stock image galleries over a decade ago, stock images have become ubiquitous. Almost every serious photographer tries stock photography as a way to earn money from their work. Major competitors in the market — such as Shutterstock and Getty’s iStock — offer the work of contributors as well as in-house photographers and illustrators.

We’re all familiar with stock photos like the group of smiling “businesspeople” that includes one Asian woman, one black man and three white men, all thin and able-bodied. These images have become cliches for a reason: Stock photographers almost exclusively use models and TV-show-style sets to replicate real-life environments, resulting in images that fail to reflect their real-world counterparts.

When photographers only use trained models in their images, they draw from an extremely small and homogenous pool of “acceptable” bodies. These images in turn form a body of work that we see reflected everywhere: in advertisements, on blogs and media sites, and in magazines.

This narrow ideal affects us. A recent study found that “70% of teen girls agreed that magazines strongly influenced what they thought was the ideal body type.” Also, “Numerous correlational and experimental studies have linked exposure to the thin ideal in mass media to body dissatisfaction, internalization of the thin ideal, and disordered eating among women.”

Body Liberation Stock was created as a rejection of these cultural narratives.

Body Liberation Stock gives small business owners a way to represent the real bodies and lives of their readers in their marketing and on websites and social media. It contains Lindley’s own photography as well as photos and illustrations from a growing number of contributors, making diverse and body positive artwork accessible and affordable while paying contributors a living wage.

What makes Body Liberation Stock different is Lindley’s grounding and ethical foundation in body acceptance. Her commitment to respecting and elevating all bodies leads her to seek out clients and models who have what might be called “non-mainstream” or underrepresented bodies and ethnicities such as plus sizes, LGBTQIAP+, and people of color. This commitment means that people of all sizes, shapes, colors and backgrounds are truly welcomed, not just tolerated.

Lindley also seeks out artists from diverse and less privileged backgrounds to contribute work to the site. Unlike contributors to the large, mainstream stock image sites, who receive royalty payments of 15-35% of sales, Body Liberation Stock contributors receive 50-60% royalties, helping provide a living wage for these artists.

Logos and Sample Work

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Portfolio

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Products & Services

Services

  • 60- and 90-minute boudoir photography sessions
  • 60-minute, 90-minute and all-day portrait photography sessions
  • Headshots
  • Combined portrait/headshot sessions for small business owners (used for websites, social media profiles), otherwise known as small business branding or visuals
  • Love for Life: Pay once, enjoy a series of discounted portrait sessions over a number of years

Products

  • Diverse, inclusive and body positive stock photography and illustrations
  • Digital and printed images
  • Luxury albums
  • Heirloom folio box (holds matted prints)
  • Photo slideshow videos and smartphone apps

Upcoming Promotions and Events

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Reviews & Testimonials

“I would say that Lindley is the most amazing photographer. Her fun, upbeat and positive spirit puts her clients at ease. And she is able to find and draw out each person’s inner beauty in her photos. Just go for it! It is totally worth it and splurge a little and go for the hair and makeup!”

“If you are in the Seattle Area and looking to capture your, Confidence, Radiance, Vulnerability, and Strength on Film, then please contact Sweet Amaranth. She’s more than just a photographer, she becomes your friend and helps to unlock your inner Goddess. Thank you, Lindley.”

“Lindley is a photographer who specializes in photographing plus-size women. I was completely psyched to find such a talented photographer who also has a body positive approach.”

“Earlier this month my wife and I got the opportunity to work with S Lindley Ashline in a photoshoot for her amazing growing business, Body Liberation Stock. She is so talented! The work she is doing brings body positive, diverse, and fun photos to the stock photo market and will ultimately result in a better representation of ‘real’ people in things like marketing ads, business tools, and social media posts. We were both so grateful to be a part of her mission. Thanks for the great experience, Lindley!”

“I’m proud to be a part of this project. The photographer is a talented individual who is changing the landscape of current stock photos with DIVERSITY. WE are all unique, we are all beautiful, we are worthy, we are our truest selves. Take a look, and share with those who are looking for that diversity.”

“My husband and I posed for stock photos. I signed us up partly because I wanted to get past my dislike of having my photo taken. Several hundred snaps later I think I may be desensitized smile emoticon:-) The day was seriously cold but we had a lot of fun. Score one for body positivity!”

“You’re amazing! You’re incredible! What you’re doing makes me SO HAPPY!!!

I’m a blogger and a fat woman who searches stock photo sites for plus size women. I want to pay for the photos I use and wish it wasn’t so difficult to find the images I need.”

Sample News Story

It happens every day. A photographer coaches a client into a carefully designed pose, guiding her to lie on her back on a sofa, angle her legs in a certain way across the cushions, bend her knees slightly and point the toes of her heeled shoes just so, then stands back to take a photo for her portfolio.

This isn’t an ordinary model, though, and this is most definitely not an ordinary photography business. Lindley Ashline, of Seattle’s Body Liberation Photography, has sought out a model who’s far larger — and darker-skinned — than is found in most photographers’ works. The model, a woman of Hawaiian and Tongan descent, is here to help Lindley test some new poses, show off her new lingerie, and smash a few more of the barriers facing women who don’t meet mainstream beauty standards.

A bubbly, plus size 30-something, Lindley is an unlikely rebel, but a rebellion this is. Not only is she rebelling against mainstream beauty standards, but also against photography culture itself, which emphasizes those standards at the cost of everyone who doesn’t meet them.

“Most photographers will build a portfolio that’s aspirational. They’ll hire young, conventionally attractive mainstream models and use only those models’ photos in their advertising and on their websites,” Lindley says.

“Not only does that feel pretty exclusive to those of us who fall outside that, it skews what we see as normal. When all the bodies you see online and in the media are young, thin, small and white, it’s not aspirational, it’s exclusionary. I don’t want to make sales and book clients at the risk of perpetuating those standards and making people feel bad about the bodies they have today.”

After snapping off a few more shots (stopping to rearrange the model’s legs slightly to better accommodate a bad knee), Lindley gives the model a hand up off the couch and sends her off to change back into street clothing. The images they’ve just captured will be added to Lindley’s portfolio and shared online, but — again, unlike most photographers — won’t be retouching her model to look thinner. She only performs subtle skin smoothing, blemish removal and a few small tweaks to her subjects’ eyes.

“If you think about it, it’s kind of gross, giving people china doll skin and radioactively white eyes and teeth, and giving their bodies fake curves or taking them away. I think you’re good enough to take your money as a client, but not good enough to honor the body you have in reality? I’d rather take the bodies people have and work with them to make them look amazing than fake it,” Lindley says.

These photos will be seen around the world as part of the growing body positivity movement. Activists and enthusiasts are incorporating the principles of body acceptance into their lives, and companies including DoveGlamour, and Teen Vogue are getting in on the act.

Visit Lindley’s website at www.bodyliberationphotos.com to see more of her work.

Sample Promotions

We recently came across an organization that’s right in line with our mission and we’d love to share it. Body Liberation Stock provides businesses with diverse and body positive stock images for commercial use. Check it out here: http://www.bodyliberationstock.com

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Check out this great body positive and diverse stock image site we ran across: http://www.bodyliberationstock.com

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