This Photographer Is Empowering Black Women With These Beautiful Boudoir Shoots

Celeste Jones is shooting boudoir photos to empower women of all types.

9/16/2020 4:44:00 PM

Celeste Jones is shooting boudoir photos to empower women of all types.

Celeste Jones is shooting boudoir photos to empower women of all types: “I wanted any woman to look at my photos and say, ‘She did it. I can do it too.’”

. The Delaware-based Jones has tried her hand (and camera) at many of the usual professional photography focuses, like weddings, babies and families.But something struck her about this type of photo, typically sensual or erotic in nature and shot for the pleasure of the subject and/or their partners.

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“I was looking at boudoir photography and didn’t see many women who looked like me,” she told HuffPost on the phone last week. “I thought maybe Black women just didn’t do these kinds of portraits.”After shooting a few sessions, however, she realized just how untrue that was. Women started approaching her about setting up shoots, and Jones made creating a space for women ― all women ― in her studio top priority.

Celeste JonesA photo from a boudoir shoot by Celeste Jones.“I didn’t want it to be one size fits all,” said Jones, who works alongside hair and makeup artist LaRee Gould to create the visually stunning portraits. “I wanted any woman to look at my photos and say, ‘She did it. I can do it too.’”

It wasn’t long before Jones understood that the boudoir shoots weren’t so much about the photos themselves as they were about the entire experience for both the subject and the photographer.“It gets deep in there. We’re laughing. Sometimes I have to excuse myself because it’s getting really deep, sharing personal stories, crying,” she said. “When you’re naked in front of someone, there’s a different level of trust.”

Celeste Jones“When you’re naked in front of someone, there’s a different level of trust," Jones said of her photo shoots that produce images like this one.Jones told HuffPost the shoots have taught her not only about her clients, but also about Gould and about herself.

“I was telling someone recently it feels like a therapy session. I have a VIP Facebook group for women I photograph ― not just Black women ― but I noticed more Black women are coming to me,” she said. “We’re taught not to tell people our business, so it’s always interesting to see women who feel comfortable and trust me enough to share. It’s been a blessing. None of it feels like work.”

Celeste JonesJones shoots photos like the one above in her sessions, which she says feel like therapy.Jones has developed special relationships with all of her clients, staying in touch long after the shoot. Clients like Tracy Stewart, who posed for Jones to celebrate her 50th birthday and told HuffPost she felt like “Beyoncé must feel on a Tuesday” during her session.

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CELESTE JONESTracy Stewart (above) said her photo shoot with Jones left her feeling"empowered, worthy and enough."“I was approaching a milestone birthday and I’ve been on a healing journey,” Stewart said. “The photo shoot was my way of embracing all of who I am. As a single 50-year-old, I am often quite critical of myself. You know, the world says there must be something wrong with me. After that shoot and the work I’ve been doing on myself, I felt empowered, worthy and enough. I actually changed my perspective from feeling sorry for myself for being single. Now I feel sorry for all the humans who don’t get to experience life with me. It’s their loss ― I am pretty damn awesome.”

It’s experiences like Stewart’s that Jones is so grateful for.“It’s definitely made me a better person,” the photographer said. “It makes me feel like I’m actually doing something beneficial. It’s about touching people’s lives and making them feel better about themselves.”

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She better hope no Eskimo hunters come round. Thanks🤣 Wow Has her own gravitational field .. small objects orbiting around her .. Can you guys chill and stop shaming. She isn't telling anyone how to eat or to be unhealthy. She is showing that she is ok with herself and her PERSONAL choices. People everywhere already know obesity is unhealthy so shaddap already. If only I had a fraction of her self esteem

She should focus on a diet not a photo shoot body shaming is wrong. So is encouraging unhealthy lifestyles..... She’s simply a role model for horrible lifestyle choices. She will cost us more money in health insurance too. Please stop glorifying that obesity, especially morbid obesity like her, is acceptable. There is nothing about it that is acceptable.

She doesn’t need empowering, I‘my sure she can take care of herself. 🤮🤮🤮 WHAT THE FUCK! RIDICULOUS!!! That lady needs to work on her obesity. That's nothing to be empowered about. She is in danger of getting diabetes, more likely to have heart failure in the future, besides the evident issues related to overweight

🤮 It’s not beautiful. It’s a disease. Just like heroin. Stop normalizing morbid obesity. This isn't empowering women. Funny how these new feminists are for all kinds of things that are no good for women. Oh, and it will never change the minds of people who think this is unattractive. I understand the real women concept but don’t real women deserve some quality of life - should make healthy the new normal

Shouldn’t we be promoting health? That doesn’t have to mean fitness model, but it certainly doesn’t look like this. Gross piece of blubber LOSE SOME FECKING WEIGHT! No excuse for this much blubberi!? 👎 Omg stop Great article and great instagram. What a range of beauty. Hilarious Now if She was an Elephant I could admire her, But as a Human Being SHE is MORBIDLY OBEASE. There are medical alternatives to FIX her GLUTTONY. At least the Romans had Vomitorium's, When I see this WOMAN I wish I had a vomitorium. SICKENING.

I’m glad to see professional photos of people of all sizes. That said, it says something about our society when boudoir photos areconsidered empowering. The more I take photos of people the more beautiful I find them without any glamour or boudoir settings. Just being themselves I could’ve gone my entire life without seeing this. Thanks a lot 😬

Let's empower Meth addicts too Is this what the left considers models these days? It's not healthy! Empower weight watcher’s sales and kill erections is more like it. Obesity is killing Folks. That condition gives a helping push to Covid. Mentally and physically. Stop promoting this type of mislabeling. Not pretty and not healthy so how great is it and for whom? Eating themselves on the way to an early death. Sorry But Truth is important

Wtf is wrong with people on this thread. Do you think they need you to give them dietary advise? Or maybe you just want to shame these women into doing what you think is best for them. All you people who lost weight, do you remember how it felt when others shamed you? FFS Nope. That isn’t ok and it’s well beyond normal. Morbid obesity is a killer.

This is not empowerment! Fat isn't beautiful. Its unhealthy, unappealing, and morbidly obese people are a drain on any health systems. She is unhealthy. Not good for her to be too big. My daughter is getting surgery for this obesity condition. Better to be healthy than obese. You call this empowering? This is f—ing debilitating, dehumanizing woman. Enough with this craziness. Let’s see how long this poor woman is gina live and the quality of life she has and then post her as a role model for future generations. This is negligent murder

That is not empowering. It is picture of an addict hurtling towards a self inflicted early death. It is tragic. And the west wonders why covid hit us so bad How can anything positive be found in being this unhealthy? This is a bullshit post. Oink. Obese and unhealthy Empoweringthat's a complete disdain, that's extrmely ugly..

What are you doing? How many died in the past 6 months with obesity and covid? How about feeling empowered from treating it? Recovering from it? You really are the enemy aren’t you? The comments are disgusting. Representation isn’t a negative thing. Grow up ppl. Use your eyeballs. There are a lot of ppl with this body type that need to love and not hate themselves for who they are!

We should be promoting a healthy sustainable life style. As a woman who has struggled with my weight my entire adult life, I know obesity isn’t healthy and shouldn’t be embraced as a new norm. Let’s promote a healthy life style and feed ourselves better. This is not healthy and should not be considered “empowering” or publicized as such. It’s irresponsible to do so. It’s very dangerous and incredibly unhealthy. diabetes fatkills exercise Diet WorkoutWednesday

Might as well do it before the heart disease and other accompanying symptoms of morbid obesity kick in... Can you love yourself without needing everyone else too? I'm sure you're a cool person but, nobody wants to see you in your drawls Being obese should not be embraced. It's a medical condition that needs to be remedied before it's too late. Why should these photos be a way of 'empowering women of all types'. Controlling obesity would be more empowering.

It's beautiful!! WELL, TO EACH ITS OWN... HOWEVER, THERE ARE A LOT OF OBESE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, SO, SHE HAVE A POINT, AFTER THE JUNK FOOD AND OVER PROCESSED FOODS & SUGARY DRINKS ARE THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTIONS TO GLOBAL OBSITY I noticed a lot of campaigns for empowering large women, but I don't see any for men. Why do women think this is something worth fighting for, but men know it's wrong and need not be empowered while large?

Ugh Does morbid obesity could empower? What’s her diet? Bro that is just straight up not healthy Unhealthy! Accept yourself, love yourself, but be healthy. If you love yourself enough you'll want to be healthy and being that obese isn't healthy. I was 450lbs, trust me, I know what I'm talking about. incredible. agree, we need to promote obesity and all of its health benefits. thanks huffy.

I would NOT use the word 'empowering' to describe allowing a morbidly obese woman like Celeste Jones show herself in such an unflattering outfit and pose. I would call it HUMILIATING! I still try to figure out if people know what “empower” women means!!! This doesn’t empower me, sorry! please don't Praying.

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