Today we’d like to introduce you to Chi Loran.
Hi Chi, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey started when I was a teen, spending hours looking at porn and not coming across any content I liked because none of it felt good to me. Then growing older and having sexual experiences of my own and learned about the insecurities people had about their bodies while also dealing with my shame around my sexuality. So, about ten years ago, I began taking photos because I wanted to change how sexuality and the human body were seen in the eyes of mainstream society. I was done with how sex, sexuality, and men’s and women’s bodies were portrayed. The stereotypes, misogynistic views, and blatant racism that filled porn films and most media created a desire inside of me to create visual content that showed sexuality and the human body in their most positive light. I wanted to take photos of real human bodies and not models. I wanted to capture real everyday people making love, having moments of pleasure alone or with their partner, and capturing people simply existing in their skin because I felt strongly that the world needed to see it. I felt that if we were exposed to authentic bodies and moments of pleasure instead of staged ones, we could step away from the false ideas created by movies and magazines about how we should look, act, feel, and think.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The only true setback I can say that I’ve dealt with is having so many of my Instagram pages shut down. It never really hindered me from growing because I’ve managed to build a loyal social media following. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth. The only other obstacles were my own doing. I’ve had to break out of bad habits to see myself and my work grow.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a body-positive photographer and writer whose work focuses on capturing the beauty of human sexuality and intimacy amongst couples and individuals. I specialize in capturing the human form as it is. When taking photos, I always aim to show the wonder and grandeur that I believe exists in everybody and intimate moments. In short, I believe deeply that sex is a gift and one of the most beautiful acts we humans can partake in. I also feel that our bodies are marvelous works of art regardless of how we look, how old we are, or what we’ve gone through and experienced.
I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve gained from working with many different couples and individuals. Also, my work has impacted many different types of people, men, and women alike. I think that what sets me apart as a photographer is that I am also a writer. I believe that while photos can send a message of their own, being able to express what I hope for viewers to see and create an emotion inside them from both the image and the words they read is a gift of mine. It’s also something I work on within myself constantly to make sure that I can create from the truest place.
What matters most to you?
My family feels safe; emotionally, physically, and financially matter the most to me. I can create a life for my family so they always feel safe because feeling “safe” is something that affects every part of a person’s life. It affects how they see themselves, how they communicate with others, their life decisions, and even the lessons they learn growing up.
- Solo Photoshoot – $600
- Couples Photoshoot – $1000
- Photoshoot & Video – $1500
- Website: chiloran.com
- Instagram: @chi.loran
- Twitter: @_chiloran
Expressions Untold Chi Loran