This is the last session of my Body Love Photo Project, that I have been doing in collaboration with the Love Your Body Summit that will take place on February 6th 2016 in Port Moody, and what a way to finish with a bang!

It’s not ever day you get to photograph a Juno-nominated musician, and that is exactly part of who Jodi Proznick is! She is a bassist, composer, bandleader, and educator who has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. So pretty cool, not to mention I love stand up bass guitars so I was instantly in awe of the beautiful instrument she brought along to the shoot.

But that is just part of who she is, and in the short time we spent together I found out she is a mother, a passionate arts educator and someone that is quite in tune (no pun intended) with herself, which I really admire. When I read her responses to our questions it made me even more glad that I had the chance to work with her, and I won’t lie I shed a tear or two when I read them. She truly is an amazing human being!

Here is our interview and photo’s from her session. Jodi thank you so much for taking the time to be part of our project! Such a delight to work with.

What challenges have you faced in your relationship with your body?

I remember feeling like a beautiful superhero when I was really young.
I remember dancing and singing and playing.
I remember laughing easily.
I remember feeling vibrant, creative and alive.
I remember puberty, with the acne and the body changes.
I remember when I started to become aware of the boys and their uncomfortable comments about my changing body.
I remember comparing myself to celebrities.
I remember the ballet dancer who watched her dancing dreams die as the curves grew in the mirror.
I remember yearning to be sexy (but not too sexy), pretty (but not too pretty), outgoing (but not too outgoing), sensual (but not too sensual) and smart (but not too smart).
I remember being very confused by all the changes and all of the mixed messages.
I remember being a young, small, female university jazz student in a male dominated jazz world.
I remember noticing how different I looked.
I remember the self defeating thoughts of “not-enoughness”.
  • I am not big enough.
  • I am not strong enough.
  • I am not powerful enough.
  • I am not creative enough.
  • I am not smart enough.
I remember yearning to feel safe and seen.
I remember the tears.
I remember feeling so awake and alive while I carried my son in my belly for 9 months.
I remember the deep grief when after a long labour, I could not deliver him naturally.
I remember feeling like my body had betrayed me.
How has your relationship with your body changed because of those challenges? What have you learned?
My body is a living story. I have learned how to self care through all of these transitions. The spectrum of feelings experienced through these life cycles are wonderful fuel for my art. They are my GPS for living a purposeful life. I honour all of the feelings that my body has shared with me. I am grateful for this body that can experience the wonder of motherhood, the joy of creating music and the deep sensuality found in the arms of my loving husband.

What words did you choose to describe how  you want to feel in your body, and why did you choose them?

Whole hearted was the word I chose. I think that the word embodies a number of core feelings that I desire… expansion, courage, passion, love, compassion, open-heartedness, flow and inspiration.

What advice would you give to your younger self about body image?

I would hold her in my arms and say:

“You are safe. You are seen. You are loved.”

“Take really good care of yourself. Be your own best friend. Listen to that inner voice – the one that helps you to feel peaceful.”

“Follow your passions, no matter how crazy they may seem. You will radiate joy. This is where true beauty dwells. This is where true power resides. This is the map for living a wholehearted life.”

“Don’t let compliments go to your head. Don’t let criticisms get to your heart.”‘

“You are perfectly imperfect.”

“You are a beautiful work of art.”

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