From Self-Loathing to Healing – Fighting Body Dysmorphia With Tattoos

From Self-Loathing to Healing – Fighting Body Dysmorphia With Tattoos

 

When Erin, an Allebach Photography client from Warminster, Pa., got her first tattoo at age 22 – a small and simple Irish rosary on her right shoulder blade – she had “no idea most of her upper body would be covered over the next 10 years.” 

Since then, Erin has gotten more tattoos than she can count.

“It’s easier to say what body parts I have done – or don’t done. I’m bare from the waist down. I have sleeves on both of my arms, my right’s covered and my left black and gray. I have a rib piece on my left side, an underboob piece, a chest piece, the Serenity prayer in Gaelic on my right side and the words ‘Just Breathe’ across my stomach and I just started my back piece which is going to be my entire back.”

Erin says she began getting tattooed for two reasons; one because they’re gorgeous and two because she finds the process healing after dealing with years of body dysmorphia, a common condition that causes a person to think negative thoughts about their own body image.

I can’t point my finger to a specific time or place, but somewhere over the years since high school, I feel like I’ve retreated further and further inside myself. I’ve thought that part of it may be having three serious relationships and all three of those men cheated on me. And as time went on I became less accepting of myself,” she said.

As time went on and Erin’s self-confidence and self-esteem were lost, she began to find it difficult to take compliments about her body, seeing them as insincere.

“I’ve always hated compliments. They’re hard to hear when you don’t believe them – they’re almost cruel when it’s impossible for you to see. It feels like people are lying sometimes. Compliment my tattoos though!  I’ll agree with a smile and tell you all about them! I don’t mind showing those off!”

For Erin, it’s not about hiding her skin, but rather beautifying it with artwork and inspirational meaning.   

“It’s all directional pieces, things that keep you moving, things that keep you in place and things that guide you home. A compass, a lighthouse, an anchor, an albatross, just to name a few,” says Erin of her left arm.

She continued, “My right arm I started after my last relationship. My ex-fiancécheated on me and I had to call off our wedding a month to the day before our wedding. That arm is ‘there is beauty in all new beginnings.’ So I wanted it to be BAM! in your face colorful and beautiful. The mermaid is the beauty and the rest is all symbols of new beginnings – a butterfly, daffodils, peacock feathers, a phoenix.”

It’s funny how painful tattoos are yet the amount of healing they possess, she muses.

Erin has had two boudoir sessions with Allebach Photography and for her, the sessions have been as empowering for her as her body art.

“For the self-proclaimed most insecure girl in the world, this experience was life-changing and empowering. Also, just the way Mike talks about the human body like it is art.”

While none of her tattoos were specifically highlighted, she felt like each photo Mike took was with them in mind. 

“He’s so confident in what he does, but entirely humble, a true master of his craft. He’s excited and passionate about what he does and it makes you more excited to work with him and trust in him. People ask me how can someone with no confidence and who is so insecure take half-naked and naked photos – it’s the genius behind the camera!”

Erin is currently working on her back, which will feature a pirate skeleton and ship with Kraken tentacles. Following that, she hopes to get her legs finished. We can’t wait to see how they turn out!

 

Book your bodyscaping and boudoir session today at 610.539.6920 or http://www.allebachphotography.com/contact.

 

Is Facebook Blocking Ads with Tattoos?

I ran an A/B test to see if Facebook is blocking ads with tattoos.

My couples boudoir photography business has experienced a lot of trouble trying to advertise our work.  Whenever we get press, I’d like a Facebook Page fans to actually see it. With the current algorithm, they generally don’t.

We show only the cutest, most tame photos and articles but Facebook Ads has blocked any attempt to show a photo to advertise my business.

“Too suggestive they say”
“Too much skin”

But is that really what is going on here.  This is one of the images Facebook ads said was not approved.

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This photo to me looked like a lifestyle couples anniversary photo session.  I thought there could be no way cute snuggles wouldn’t be approved. But they were denied.  I shared this with a group and one of the members asked…is it because they have tattoos?

What????  That has to be impossible. That couldn’t be…or could it?

So I had to see, what would happen if I sent this image to my retoucher and had them take off the tattoos (something I never do to a client!!!)

As you know I built my business on photographing tattooed brides.  So if Facebook was blocking my ad due to tattoos being “sexier”, I had to know.

Results: The Facebook Ad For Couples Boudoir Minus Tattoos

So I reran the ad with NO TATTOOS and sure enough, it quickly was approved! After 2 years of struggling to get the word out about my couples boudoir business, I finally had answers.  I’ve been using tattooed couples and apparently, Facebook’s ad system doesn’t like that!

Now I won’t be further photoshopping any more photos and have since stopped the promotion. My belief is that everyone deserves to be seen as they are and tattoos are part of our personal brand.  We will continue supporting tattooed people even if Facebook doesn’t allow us to advertise what we do with photos.  Couples boudoir has been an amazing way to watch couples reconnect or level-up their relationship!

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What are your thoughts on this Tattooed Matter?

What trouble have you run into trying to use Facebook ads? How should we get around this ban?  Let us know in the comments below!


 Mike AllebachMike Allebach loves exhibiting every year at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention and make clients comfortable. He has been featured in Offbeat Bride, Rebel Ink Magazine, Daily Mail UK and New York Magazine.  Learn more about tattooed weddings and couples boudoir at allebachphotography.com.

Tattooed Brides

Here are tattooed bride photos by Allebach Photography. Book us for your tattooed wedding today. Rock n Roll Bride calls us “The Original Tattooed Bride Photographer.”

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This outdoor wedding near West Chester, Pa shows off a fun new unique tradition.  Have you ever thought about doing an Irish Car Bomb on your wedding day?  Neither did I until I saw this couple make it happen.  The officiant ended up finishing part of the bride's drink.  Even if it's not your cup of tea as they say, you have to admit this wedding tradition takes the cake for being unique.  Want us to photograph your wedding?  Just shoot us a message on the contact me page.
This outdoor wedding near West Chester, Pa shows off a fun new unique tradition. Have you ever thought about doing an Irish Car Bomb on your wedding day? Neither did I until I saw this couple make it happen. The officiant ended up finishing part of the bride’s drink. Even if it’s not your cup of tea as they say, you have to admit this wedding tradition takes the cake for being unique. Want us to photograph your wedding? Just shoot us a message on the contact me page.

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The Heritage Trust at Mt. Sinai + Dave and Buster’s: Dakota & Mike

There are some couples you meet that completely balance each other out. One of them, Dakota and Mike, were married at The Heritage Trust in New York’s Mt. Sinai. Their ceremony didn’t last more than 10 minutes, and then they were ready to party. We brought the photo booth all the way up to Long Island for some silliness! We stuffed our faces with all vegan indian food. Afterwords we headed to Dave and Buster’s to get the wedding jitters out and to burn off that energy from the pent butter jelly cookies!

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Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia Wedding: Casey and Greg

Look! Casey & Greg had their WEDDING at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! What?!! I’m serious! Take a look at some of the detail shots we captured on this awesome day of marriage.

Featuring Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, Bar and Caterer across the street (they catered the wedding too)!

(Venue details at bottom of post)

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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.easternstate.org

Jack’s Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.jacksfirehouse.com

Wedding dress:
www.Dollycouture.com

Book us for your Historic Prison Wedding today!

Bonedaddys Tattoo Calendar for the Cure

As everyone gears up for the holidays, we take time to remember those we love.  Mike was honored to be this year’s photographer of 12 beautiful women for Bonedaddys Tattoo’s “Calendar for a Cure”.  All proceeds go to the Brave Eli Foundation (www.braveeli.com) which donates directly to finding a cure for childhood cancer.

For boudoir inquiries! http://allebach.studioinquiry.com/inquiryform/

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College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche: Joanne and Justin

College of Physicians and Mutter Museum Wedding with Croquembouche

What’s cool about having the College of Physicians building as your wedding venue?  Guests were able to tour the Mütter Museum during the wedding!  It also enabled us to snap some pretty sweet photos.  Check out this awesome wedding with Joanne and Justin!

That cake at the end, it’s a traditional croquembouche cake cutting with a fricken sword!  It’s a French thing.

What is a croquembouche?

“A croquembouche or “piece montee” is a wedding cake made from filled choux buns held together with caramel in an impressive pyramid… Traditionally, the top of the croquembouche would be hit with a sword, silver mallet or even a champagne bottle, cracking the top off while the bridesmaids hold up the corners of the table cloth to catch the pieces.  The croquembouche is then taken away to be broken up, or left for guests to help themselves!”  – Wedding Cakes UK

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Interested in booking the Mütter Museum?
They’re located at 19 S. 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ((215) 563-3737)
http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/

The Mansion, Voorhees, NJ : TK and Ian

If we don’t catch your attention with TK and Ian’s steampunk wedding pictures, we’ll have to destroy the Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just kidding.
This wedding was on Friday the 13th. In Voorhees, NJ. Voorhees. Yes, like Jason.
Check it out! You’ve never seen anything like it.

 

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Southern Mansion Wedding in Cape May, NJ: Jennifer and John

In need of wedding ideas? Jennifer and John took full advantage of the seashore conveniently located right up the road after all the fun and games of getting dressed, getting married, ect… No dull moments, no dull photos! Enjoy.

 

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Interested in booking the Southern Mansion for your wedding?

The Southern Mansion

720 Washington Street

Cape May, NJ 08204

www.southernmansion.com

Thought the transportation looked like a good time? It was.

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821 Shunpike Road

Cape May, NJ 08204

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Annapolis and Baltimore Wedding: Cori & Ryan

If you’re wondering about whereabouts for this wedding, read on through the next few lines because we were all over! In a span of 2 days we followed Cori and Ryan from the Annapolis Courthouse for the actual marriage to the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge for some….. lounging. The next day we explored in and around Corradetti Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Baltimore for the celebration with family & friends and the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding. Woodberry Kitchen was the caterer. Annapolis Wedding Maryland courthouse Ring Shot X rayRing Shot XrayAnnapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Wedding_3 Annapolis Maryland Wedding Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Wedding_11 Annapolis Wedding_9 Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Wedding_12 Annapolis Wedding_13 Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Wedding_18 Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Annapolis Maryland Wedding courthouse Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge Annapolis Wedding_23 Annapolis Wedding_24 Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Corradetti Baltimore Wedding glass blowing studio Baltimore Wedding_28 Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Baltimore Wedding_30 Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Baltimore Wedding_32 Baltimore Wedding_33 bride and groom rings hands marriage wedding photography by allebach photography Corradetti Baltimore Wedding glass blowing studio Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Corradetti Baltimore Wedding Corradetti Baltimore Wedding photography Corradetti Baltimore Wedding photography Corradetti Baltimore Wedding photography Corradetti Baltimore Wedding photography Baltimore Wedding_44 Corradetti Baltimore Wedding photography Baltimore Wedding_47 Baltimore Wedding_48 Baltimore Wedding_49 Baltimore Wedding_50Grandma Dancing in Baltimore

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Hailed by a Rock n Roll Bride as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” Mike Allebach possesses an amazing ability to naturally photograph life on the fringe. He is a visual campfire storyteller. His journey into wedding photography started when he was in a punk rock band. Before photographing weddings, he photographed punk bands.  Ariel author of Offbeat Bride said “It’s obvious that Mike Allebach so totally gets offbeat brides”

Mike says about his clients, “In my heart I’m instinctively inclusive, always looking for ways to draw others into the circle and make them feel wanted, heard, and appreciated. It’s my punk rock ethic. The uniqueness of my photos comes from the uniqueness of my clients. And I believe I have the best clients in the world.”

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Hailed by a Rock n Roll Bride as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” Mike Allebach possesses an amazing ability to naturally photograph life on the fringe. He is a visual campfire storyteller. His journey into wedding photography started when he was in a punk rock band. Before photographing weddings, he photographed punk bands.  Ariel author of Offbeat Bride said “It’s obvious that Mike Allebach so totally gets offbeat brides”

Book Allebach Photography here > http://allebach.goodgallery.com/blog/contact/

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Hailed by a Rock n Roll Bride as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” Mike Allebach possesses an amazing ability to naturally photograph life on the fringe. He is a visual campfire storyteller. His journey into wedding photography started when he was in a punk rock band. Before photographing weddings, he photographed punk bands.  Ariel author of Offbeat Bride said “It’s obvious that Mike Allebach so totally gets offbeat brides”

Mike says about his clients, “In my heart I’m instinctively inclusive, always looking for ways to draw others into the circle and make them feel wanted, heard, and appreciated. It’s my punk rock ethic. The uniqueness of my photos comes from the uniqueness of my clients. And I believe I have the best clients in the world.”

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I’ve officially launched a Pinterest page for Tattooed Bride fans.  I’m posting up my tattooed bride wedding on this new page.

If you are looking for wedding dress ideas for tattooed brides this is the perfect place to find them.

So what is Pinterest?

Pinterest is an online board, a visual board kind of like a social bookmarking site (Digg and StumbleUpon). When you share on Pinterest you are sharing photos and pictures. Which makes it kind of like Google Images with Bookmarks.

  • Sharing something on Pinterest, each bookmark is called a pin.
  • Resharing a pin on Pinterest, it’s called a repin.
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Hailed by a Rock n Roll Bride as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” Mike Allebach possesses an amazing ability to naturally photograph life on the fringe. He is a visual campfire storyteller. His journey into wedding photography started when he was in a punk rock band. Before photographing weddings, he photographed punk bands.  Ariel author of Offbeat Bride said “It’s obvious that Mike Allebach so totally gets offbeat brides”

Mike says about his clients, “In my heart I’m instinctively inclusive, always looking for ways to draw others into the circle and make them feel wanted, heard, and appreciated. It’s my punk rock ethic. The uniqueness of my photos comes from the uniqueness of my clients. And I believe I have the best clients in the world.”

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Steampunk Alice in Wonderland

Steampunk Alice in Wonderland
by Allebach Photography
Location:
Historic Shady Lane
Manchester, PA

Client: Smitten & Bitten

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“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Want your steampunk wedding photographed by Allebach Photography? Click here.

Credits:

Allebach Photography
Steve Kohr
Historic Shady Lane
Janelle Hake
Matt Stambaugh Media
Splints and Daisies
Bradley Douglas Jordan of Lilla’s Bridal Boutique
Eliza Davila
Two Back Flats
Andrea Lynn Buser
James David Kibler
Uranko Productions
Trinity Walker
Lauren Stine

Stay tuned for more Steampunk Alice in Wonderland