Dreaming Backwards

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Iman is a photographer who, through her unique process of coaching and photography, can show a woman what other people see when they look at her. She is passionate about teaching other photographers how to live and be a professional and making change in the world. She dreams of changing the way women look at their bodies and how the world defines beauty. She also thinks being an instructor on CreativeLIVE would be incredible. Iman battles Lyme disease and shares her unique view of dreaming while fighting for her health. Her post day is Wednesday. info@imanwoods.com Iman Woods If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

Dreaming Backwards: Iman Woods in 1998 with friend Amelia

It seems my dream to show women they’re beautiful started long before I become a professional photographer. To keep myself grounded on my dream journey, I try to take time to reflect on how far I’ve come. It’s SO easy to reach a milestone and then focus on the next stage. Dreaming backwards helps you see how seemingly unconnected things are actually part of the journey.

My junior year of high school was spent in France with my dad. I went to an incredible bilingual international baccalaureate school. It was small, but it was advanced and I loved the fast pace.

I’ve reconnected with a few friends from there and got a message from Amelia that she’d found some old pictures in her parents’ house. She said it was her first (and last) glam shots and that she remembers me choosing the backdrop and telling her to look soulful. I laughed so hard when I read that.

I’d forgotten that we’d even taken them. It had been a sleepover at Coral’s house and we did our hair and makeup and then took pictures that I was really proud of.

Dreaming Backwards: Iman Woods in 1998 with friend Coral

Coral’s mom was very knowledgeable about skin care (and breathtakingly beautiful) and I do believe she started my obsession with taking care of my skin.

It’s incredible how one year of your life can stay with you forever.

And for me personally, it’s comforting to know I’d been on this dream path long before I knew I was actually on a path.

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