Empowering Portrait Series Shows Mothers' Bodies as They Really Are
Chicago based photographer Ashlee Dean Wells spent years hearing women critique their bodies in front of her.
"In doing intimate photography with women ... we started to hear a lot of dialogue from women about their flaws and inadequacies," Wells said. "I've had women tell me I can't photograph the right side of their face."
It was clear to Wells that many of the women she met as a photographer were struggling to feel good about their bodies — even though she thought they were beautiful.
But it wasn't until something happened in her own life to change her feelings about her body that Wells really felt like she understood.
Wells' pregnancy with twins had complications — one of her daughters, Aurora, was stillborn, and the other, Nova, was delivered prematurely. Wells' own body had trouble healing after her c-section.