In the lead up to Valentines Day, it's not uncommon to be bombarded with advertisements about couples and love. The message can be detrimental to those who feel they need to be validated by someone else, essentially putting their worth in the hands of another. One of our favourite books of all time, is This Is Me , which does the opposite. It was created by women, for women. The concept began when photographer Julie Adams asked women to come into her beachside studios - and be photographed in their swimsuits. The idea? To celebrate the female body, individuality and self-love.
None of the images Julie has captured in this book have been retouched. They're raw, real and most importantly, relatable. It's not easy stepping into a photographic studio and putting yourself in the spotlight. It's confronting and it takes courage, yet hundreds of women did exactly this. Featuring a mix of women from all over the world, This Is Me captures the journeys of hundreds of girls and women who open up about some of the issues they've faced throughout their lives.
Anorexia, bulimia, cancer, endometriosis, mastectomies and more. This book is for every woman who has ever had a moment of self-doubt, for every woman who has ever questioned herself. It's for every mother who wants to foster self-love and acceptance in their daughter. It captures the strength of women and reminds us of the power of coming together to stand up for something we believe in.
About the Authors
Having first picked up a camera when she was just 13-years old, Julie Adams is now one of Australia's leading fashion and portraiture photographers. She studied photography in Florence and her career has taken her all over the world from Africa to Italy.
Georgie Abay is an experienced editor with over 15 years experience in the industry. In 2013, she launched her hugely successful fashion and lifestyle digital platform The Grace Tales, which has grown into the go-to premium parenting platform both locally and abroad. Georgie co-authored with Julie Adams her first book Grace Mothers, which was published this year.