“You can’t be an artist and still look pretty,” says photographer and Instagram user Jody Boulanger.
“I want to be a beautiful woman, but I don’t want to look like I am.”
Her Instagram bio reads, “The beauty of it all.”
In her work, Boulangers attention to detail and focus on beauty is what draws her to photography.
“Photography is my way to reconnect with my past, to reconnect to my roots and my roots with beauty,” she says.
“That is why I am an artist.”
Her focus is on creating a beautiful, professional-looking portrait.
Bouliers work features her daughter, who has autism, wearing a wide smile, with a smiley face, and a little bit of fur in her cheeks.
“She is so much like me,” Boulager says.
As for the inspiration behind her Instagram photo series, she says, “I don’t know.
I just love beauty.”
The idea of capturing beauty is part of Boulengers work.
“Beauty is the thing I’m interested in,” she said.
“So I wanted to do something with that.”
In addition to documenting her daughter’s transition to the mainstream, she’s also documenting the birth of her first child, whom she named Kia.
“It’s such a great moment,” Bousanger said.
She hopes that by sharing her work on Instagram and through her social media accounts, she can inspire other parents to share their own struggles with gender dysphoria and the stigma that comes with it.
“Being transgender, I’ve been told that I’m not a girl,” Bouthier says.
She says she’s never felt like she was seen as a “girl” or “woman” before.
“There’s been a lot of confusion,” Boudier says, pointing to the lack of visibility in the public sphere.
“The world is full of things you’re not allowed to do.
You’re not seen as someone’s property.
There are a lot, many, of people that think that you can’t do something.
But I can.”
Boulangers work has garnered more than 11,000 followers on Instagram.
“My daughter loves it, and I love it,” she told Newsweek.
“What I am is a portrait of my child.”
Boudiers work has been featured on the cover of Vanity Fair, and has garnered praise for its focus on expression.
“One of my favorite things about my work is that I can take a picture and put it up on Instagram that’s my daughter’s face, which is so beautiful,” Boseler says.
Boudir’s mother says her daughter is a “phenomenal” person.
“Her work is so expressive, and the way she looks at the world and is very self-aware,” her mother said.
Bouthiers mother says the family’s relationship with gender identity and gender expression is fluid, and they don’t feel comfortable in their own skin.
“We’ve been very, very vocal about our identity and what we feel we’re doing with our bodies,” Bouleyer says.
The family’s journey has also brought the family into the spotlight.
“All the time we’ve been talking about how we are different,” Boubier says of their family’s transition.
“But when you see the picture of her and her daughter you are like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s us.'”