My series Real.Sexy.Men is the beginning of a photo portrait project that showcases men of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Too often I hear guys say, “I need to lose weight before I’m ready to take photos,” or “I’m not where I want to be. I need to hit the gym first.” As much as I admire myself and others for setting nutrition and fitness goals, I also believe that embracing what we look like starts with accepting who we are today in this moment. The media often encourages us to desire what is always outside our reach so that we live in a continual state of dissatisfaction and unhappiness. In turn, we feel like we aren’t good enough. Some people would say I work in a field that promotes vanity. Yes I do. Through this project, I hope to encourage more of us to love ourselves, show off the way we look, and let out our inner roar!