Hi, I'm Kylie Marsh, a Seattle Women's Empowerment Photographer

I started on my photography journey 11 years ago with a Canon point and shoot digital camera (featured below). My draw to photography started out because I noticed that photos could say so much more than I could ever describe with words.

I built my photography business from scratch with the hopes of helping people capture moments that they'd look back on for years to come, but quickly learned that my passion was empowering women and feminine people through my photography.

Many things have changed over the years, but the one thing that has never wavered is my love for photography. You look so beautiful through that viewfinder. Let me show you what I see.

Want to know what an Empowerment Portrait is?

kylie as a teenager in fitting room wearing blue prom dress holding small camera

Peep the camera that started it all. This photo was taken trying on homecoming dresses for 9th grade, I believe. I didn't end up choosing this dress, though I don't know why because it looks amazing on me!

Close up of middle school girl holding hands over her face with motion blur

Wow. Look at that motion blur. Can't believe I was so skilled at my 8th grade choir concert that I achieved this trendy look. Guess I'm just a trend setter ;P

Little boy sitting in grass in casper shirt with flowers around him looking down at hands

This one actually isn't too bad! My brother, being 12 years younger than me and my all-time favorite person, was naturally one of my best models.

The people behind my inspiration

As early as I can remember, my dad took my mom and I out for photoshoots. We were constantly at the park taking photos together and clearly, I LOVED it. I learned the importance of posing from my earliest days which gives me a natural edge to helping create photos of people that they love.

I've been posing with my mom for decades. Now, I take that knowledge from years of being a model, to help you create images of yourself that you will look back on fondly, like I look back on these.

(You don't see her here because she doesn't like to be on the internet lol. Is your mom the same way?)

Why do you need a photographer who has been in front of the camera?

Being in front of the camera can be a scary, intimate experience. That's why you want a photographer who knows how it feels. How can you trust an empowerment photographer to capture your vulnerability without being courageous enough to do it themselves? When I book a photographer, I make sure they have experience having their photo taken because I know they'll understand what specifically makes someone nervous before their session and what specifically can help ease those fears. You deserve a photographer who is just as willing to be vulnerable as you are when you step in front of that camera. I learned a lot from the first time I had my photos taken. Here's my experience:

Like most other women, I struggle with body issues. I have had both anorexia and a binge eating disorder. Most days I struggle looking at myself in the mirror. I'd be lying if I said that I'm completely healed from this disordered thinking, but I'm not sure if I ever will be. But what I can say is that doing a boudoir session with Catherine Lavy from Lavybug Boudoir (the incredible photographer responsible for the images in the slider above), gave me a massive push in the right direction. Before this boudoir session I wasn't sure why my clients raved about how their photoshoot with me changed the way they see themselves. "They're just pictures," I thought. But that couldn't have been farther from the truth.

The week leading up to my session, I was beyond nervous. I felt like I couldn't eat. What if she said I was too ugly to photograph? What if none of the poses looked flattering on me? What if even after a talented photographer took my photos, I STILL hated my body?

The day before my session I thought about backing out. I'd take the loss financially to avoid the embarrassment of being too ugly to be photographed. And even day of, I was still beyond nervous. I found myself standing small, crossing my arms and shrinking myself in the way society has taught me. Fidgeting. Avoiding eye contact with Catherine. But she just started talking to me. Asking me questions about myself and my photography business. We put on the playlist I had sent to her the day before and I found myself singing along to Lizzo and Doja Cat. Before I knew it, she was posing me head to toe and snapping away. And after about 10 minutes of that, I started to feel like a queen. Like a real bad-ass bitch.

I wish that I could say this was a fix all. I wish I could say it healed my body dysmorphia. But it didn't. I still have days where I wake up and think my cheeks are too full or my legs are too short, but here's what's different now. I have these images to look back on to remind myself that I look incredible. Every time I feel insecure about my arms, I bring up these images and I start to feel better because when I look at them, I don't see an insecure 25 year old. I see a bad-ass business owner. I see a woman who re-parented herself and healed her inner child. I see a woman who stands up for other people and empowers women through her art. So, although I may not have immediately transformed into someone who isn't ever insecure, I HAVE been given another resource to remind myself that I am in fact, a bad ass bitch.

What does this mean for you?

Because of this experience, I have designed each photoshoot with these fears in mind. Once you inquire, I'll send you a questionnaire to get to know you a bit better. I will send you a Welcome Guide detailing what to expect next. You'll receive an in-depth style guide making sure you feel prepared for your photoshoot. This guide will walk you through what to wear, what to bring and will answer all your burning questions like "should I shave or not shave?"

Once you arrive at your photoshoot, you and I will sit together chatting and playing a get-to-know-you game for an hour while you get your hair and makeup done professionally. After that's done and you feel warmed up, we'll start shooting! I'll direct you in each pose and I'll always make adjustments if something isn't flattering on you. Each person is different which means each session and posing is different. You'll leave your session feeling more confident than ever and like you have a new friend :) You'll leave your session knowing that you are in fact, a bad ass bitch.

What are you waiting for?