We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Weaver and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rebecca, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well, part of it is that I’m not cut out for a “real job.” I’m a Virgo at heart and soul. I can’t stand someone trying to tell me what to do or how to do it and the idea of a normal 9 to 5 type job sucked the soul out of me. But I did have a “big girl job” before the pandemic started. But the dental practice I worked for had to close, so I decided I would focus my energy on something else. I was inspired to start boudoir photography by Tay Nelson, a boudoir photographer who showcases the beauty of all bodies. Body shame is something I’ve lived with my whole life and I figured I could pick up a camera and learn how to help others heal by showing them the beauty in their bodies exactly as they are right now.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m the most proud of my mission and my goals, honestly. I look around on Instagram and other social media and I see the same images everyone else does. We’re so bombarded by this idea of the perfect body, which is usually some pillar of white thinness, and it’s making it impossible for folks with completely normal bodies to develop any sense of confidence. What I want to do is turn that on its head. My goal is to find people who occupy bodies that are fat, disabled, or otherwise unrecognized in the media and show them living their best, most sensual lives. I’m still in the early stages of my career, I’m working towards being able to pay models what they deserve to be paid so I can showcase my best work and show average folks that their bodies deserve to be photographed exactly as they are today, no matter what they look like. You, yes you, have a body that is worthy of appreciation.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I currently live in a tiny town in Pennsylvania. There isn’t a ton to do here, but I would for sure make her go to Yamato, the local Japanese steakhouse. We’ve got a metaphysical shop nearby that I love to visit when I can and our antique stores really can’t be beat. I also take almost everyone I can out to the Jones Mill Dam hiking trail. I live in the Laurel Highlands surrounded by national parks and we’ve got some gorgeous waterfalls. I’d love to do a boudoir session out near that waterfall, specifically. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So I would absolutely not be where I am today without Tay Nelson, @goodbodiesokc on Instagram. She’s who inspired me to pick up a camera and start doing the work of body empowerment. After I started boudoir photography, I was introduced to a group run by another awesome photographer named Teri Hofford, called everyBODIES Education. She goes out of her way to teach photographers how to run businesses that are focused on empowering people. She has a host of education available and without her guidance, I don’t know where I’d be right now.

Website: https://allbodiesboudoir.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allbodiesboudoir/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/allbodiesphoto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allbodiesboudoir

Other: Here’s a link to my private Facebook group where we talk about body empowerment, why diets don’t work, and how to feel your best in the body you have today. https://www.facebook.com/groups/allbodiesboudoirvip

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