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Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Allen.

Tiffany, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
After growing up in Texas–where my dad was a hobbyist photographer–I followed my degrees in Design and Architecture to Dubai and eventually came under the mentorship of one of the top fashion photographers in that part of the world.

When I got back to the U.S., my friends were all pregnant. I planned to focus on weddings and fashion shoots, but I started picking up a few maternity portraits here and there. In 2013, I was doing a maternity shoot and the woman started crying when she looked at the back of my camera. I ask if she was OK and she says, “This is our ninth pregnancy.”

They had miscarried eight babies through IVF and had spent their life savings to have a child. ‘This was our last chance – and it worked. I never thought I would ever see photos of myself this pregnancy.’ At the time, I had just gone through my second round of fertility treatment myself, so it hit me hard and I realized that these shoots are actually way more meaningful than I had given them credit for.

It’s not a photo of a building. It’s not a fashion photo that’s going into a magazine for superficial reasons. This is a lifelong meaning and I decided at that moment that this is what I want to do. It wasn’t even a decision – it just FIT.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Boiled down to its essence, my message is about female empowerment and a woman rediscovering her beautiful self.

Over the years, I’ve sat with hundreds of women, and every single one–no matter how beautiful they were, no matter how perfect their bodies were–they all had a massive list of insecurities. It’s dumbfounding. My remedy for that is Confidence, even if it’s for just a little while.

I provide great lighting, wardrobe, hair, makeup and yes retouching to the regular, everyday woman so she can see herself as she would in a fashion shoot. I just had a client the other day who said she had never had a photo of herself that she liked, much less loved, and she called herself a “plain Jane”. When she saw her pictures, she cried… and then giggled and said: “is that really ME?!!”. Then she hugged me and said, ‘You made me feel sooo beautiful.’

Within an hour of our time together, the shoot made her feel beautiful, and that’s really important to me. And while the high of our shoot will fade, those photos will stay with her… and hopefully, that feeling when she looks at them. That’s my goal: to give women a better self-image and a more fair measure of beauty.

Because “Fair” can be a difficult concept–who draws the line and where?–but if we’re retouching even that top 0.1 percent of women, it’s safe to say we’ve crossed that line.

In that light, I’ve also just started an initiative to put more focus onto portraits of young girls approaching that stage of their life where they learn their insecurities–8, 9, 10, 11 years old, the first bud of awareness of how they look and how society sees them. I’m most excited to see where THAT path leads…

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
The timeless truth of Art is that it is about bringing something beautiful to light in a meaningful and thought-provoking way. To me, that means inciting some form of change.

My art is driven by wanting to help women redefine their self-awareness and nurture their self-love because change even at the largest scale starts one person at a time.

With an unrelenting appetite, social media and the ad world is tightening its stranglehold over our perceptions of body and beauty, particularly for women. The variety of artists’ voices needs to be even louder than before. Social media certainly has its drawbacks, but used properly it can be precisely the tool needed to incite others to action.

So now more than ever, artists need to speak through their work in a way that sparks a movement. Otherwise, they will be lost in a sea of redundant and inert work.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work tends, by intent, to stay private. A small gallery is on my website. My handle on Instagram is, and I have a Facebook page that features a lot of my work.

Further, I invite anyone to come to my studio to see my work in person.

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