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Corinne Alexandra  Photographer • Designer • ☧ • Collector of Curiosities • Creative of Many Talents 📷@corinnealexandraphoto ✉️corinne@stuckwithpins.com San Diego, CA

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I've been at war with my body for as long as I can remember. I always felt too fat, too flat, too blotchy and blemished. The world teaches girls from an early age to despise and abuse these vessels as loathsome works-in-progress. And if you ever do find peace with your body, confidence is often criticized, self-love is slut-shamed. Our society celebrates body-hatred disguised as modesty.
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It's taken me about 26 years, but I am finally learning to love this body. With all its lumps and dimples, mysterious bruises and scars. While in Iceland, I had to shower naked in a room of other women before entering the hot pools. Maybe this isn't the biggest deal to other cultures, but in America, the only naked bodies we see on a regular basis are the ones deemed "desirable". Unceremoniously stripping down in a roomful of bodies of all shapes and sizes, and then going on about our business was strangely momentous to me. These bodies are incredible. They take us on adventures, conquer tremendous feats, bear life. And yet we spend most of our lives hiding and hating them.
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I'm done doing that. I'm sure I'll lose some followers and get some flack from those who are more offended by naked bodies than our society's gross body standards. But I'm done trying to maintain the approval of those who'd rather see me secretly at war with myself than proudly loving my body.
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Iceland, thanks for helping set me free. 🍑✨
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📷 by my incredible Instagram husband @realdavegargula ;)

All I can think of is Iceland. I think I left my soul on these cliffs & my heart in these valleys. 🌿✨
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#iceland #sandiegophotographer #welltravelled #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #postthepeople #makeportraits #pursuepretty #fjadrargljufur #fjaðrárgljúfur

We're home! Iceland stole our hearts & we're already dreaming of our trip back. ✨ (This is the only photo I managed to get of us together since it was too windy to set up my tripod most days.)
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#iceland #sandiegophotographer #welltravelled #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #postthepeople #makeportraits #pursuepretty #svartifoss

Last stop: beer & lunch at @kexhostel before catching our flight back to San Diego. Thanks Iceland. It's been real. ✨
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#iceland #sandiegophotographer #welltravelled #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #pursuepretty #kexhostel

Saying goodbye to our campervan today & heading into Reykjavik for our last night. This thing has taken us on some unforgettable adventures. Thanks for being a part of our Iceland travels @gocampers! 🚐✨
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#iceland #sandiegophotographer #welltravelled #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #postthepeople #makeportraits #pursuepretty #eastfjords #campervantravel #gocampers

We're quickly wrapping up our Iceland travels (only 2 days left!), but I wish I could nap in these beds of lava moss forever. 🌿✨
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#iceland #sandiegophotographer #welltravelled #exploretocreate #justgoshoot #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #postthepeople #makeportraits #pursuepretty #icelandmoss #mossfields

This was my favorite. Scatter my ashes here when I die. 🌿✨
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#iceland #welltravelled #exploretocreate #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #fjadrargljufur #fjaðrárgljúfur

Greetings from Mars. 👽✨ Iceland seriously feels like another planet.
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#iceland #welltravelled #exploretocreate #exploreiceland #artofvisuals #hverir

Just some space to clear my head. ✨ Back home, my brain was riddled with anxieties & darkness. But being out here has completely refreshed my mind. Sure, parts of this trip have been exhausting & challenging. But it's hard to be anxious or depressed when every vast spans of this island is filled with reminders of God's greatness. Powerful & equally elegant waterfalls, billowing lava rock blanketed with moss & snow, fields of carefree horses & baby lambs, churches nestled into the faces of foggy mountains... Iceland is good medicine.
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#iceland #welltravelled #exploretocreate #exploreiceland #thatsdarling #livefolk #artofvisuals #chasingwaterfalls #godafoss

The east fjords kicked our butts today. Lots of rain & incredible yet terrifying views cloaked in fog. We decided to call it an early night halfway through & checked into a random campsite where the winds are currently rocking Dave to sleep in our van (this guy is a trooper driving several hours nonstop). Iceland, you are amazing but exhausting. We're gonna sleep good tonight in our comfy @gocampers! 🚐💤
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#iceland #welltravelled #exploretocreate #exploreiceland #thatsdarling #livefolk #artofvisuals #eastfjords #campervantravel #gocampers

Are you all sick of my Iceland Insta-stories yet? Well it's just getting started. 🖤 Tomorrow we pack up our campervan & head out on the ring road. Wish us luck that we don't get blown off the road, hit any sheep, or kill each other after 9 days stuck in a van together.
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#iceland #welltravelled #exploretocreate #exploreiceland #thatsdarling #livefolk #artofvisuals

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