backbend

We bend over backwards to imposed boundaries, sacrificing self to support fragility.
We scrape for worthiness, devaluing and degrading ourselves.
Fabricated by their gaze, we bear the shame of our sexuality.
Permanently imperfect.

Viewed as accessories, we adhere to dangerous and limiting standards.
We sacrifice self to support our fragile counterparts.
We bend over backwards for worthiness in the eyes of our oppressors all while degrading and devaluing ourselves.

Backbend is a feminist photo exploration about the experiences of cis-gendered women*

If these photos & words resonated, let your lived experience be felt at the polls November 6. We need to amplify fearless female and femme voices by any means necessary.

*I will not claim to understand or completely empathize the experiences of a trans or non-binary person. I, as a cis woman, wanted to specifically denote this as the team and I only can speak for what we’ve experienced as cis-gendered people. I am an ally towards trans and non-binary folk, and would love the opportunity to further explore the trans or non-binary experience in a similar artful and editorial manor. For starters, check out this analog set I shot over a year ago featuring three beautiful trans or non-binary humans and a brief look at their experiences.

I am also always looking for new & diverse talent to shoot with. I’d love to get in touch if you have a compelling story and are willing to fully tell that story in an artful way, get in touch.

T E A M

photo & direction: diana albrecht
styling: jalyn rose
hmua: cristina ziemer
talent: ashlee blake

Rahima

Minneapolis Portrait Photographer

i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that


C R E D I T S

Photo & direction: Diana Albrecht
Make Up: Jen Des Lauriers
Styling: Hanna Voxland
Words: rupi kaur

Clara // Class of 2018

Minneapolis Senior Photographer

A stunning example of an amazing soul, an individual with a relentless fire, this girl has a lot going for her and I cannot wait to see what she does.

I've severely slowed down the amount of shooting I've been doing, and questioned whether or not to keep going. However, it's girls like Clara that really make me want to keep going. She's her own person with a stunning point of view and unique style. She's vivacious, quirky, but so genuine.  We worked together to create a shoot that embodied her and only her. 

With that said, I'm opening my books to a very limited number of seniors this year. There will probably be a lot of questionably funny jokes from yours truly, definitely some killer dance moves, and a ton of adventure in the city. Oh, and we'll take some photos too. Holler at your girl if this sounds like a senior experience you want.

Megan + Mark // Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Renaissance Hotel, The Depot // Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Excitement.

Bliss.

Pure joy.

These two thoroughly enjoyed their day and didn't let the small things bring them down. One of the most prominent quality of Megan + Mark's relationship is their ability to genuine laugh, together. The softest touch, the sweetest kiss, together, they laugh and cherish everything their partner has to offer.

Together, with their closest friends and family, celebrated their marriage with one seriously epic dance party (these two's first dance was probably the best first dance I've ever seen in my entire life. Y'all kiiiiiiiilled it.)