Rachel and Kirra

Rachel King and Kirra Kimbrell are a creative duo living in Baltimore, MD and Brick, NJ, respectively. Rachel and Kirra aim to shift the male gaze to female, promoting the understanding of ourselves as strong communities of women. Since graduating college with BFA’s, both women have pursued personal ventures as well as becoming co-founders of Mother Muse Co – an online and print publication aimed at empowering women creatives.

How did the idea for the series come about?

This series came about from our interest in turning the male gaze to female. With our collaborative work, we want to celebrate the many facets of women. We shoot boudoir photography because we want to highlight and promote self love and self care for women.

Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?

Definitely! We aim to shed light on the intricacy of the woman and female body. With strength comes sensitivity. With power comes grace. Women are multifaceted beings who throughout the course of their lives fulfill many roles. One of the most moving things we can do is see ourselves beyond those roles and photographs provide us with that opportunity.

How would you define beauty?

Beauty is when you feel the most confident about yourself. We all have the capability of seeing our own true beauty by tapping into our greatest gifts.

What inspires you and what makes you happy?

Rachel: Big things like kindness and compassion down to the little things like coffee and taking walks make me happy. The magic of the everyday gives me my inspiration.

Kirra: I am most inspired by the natural world in its infinite complexity and our smallness in relation to that. Happiness is hiking with my daughter, slowing down and seeing the world through her eyes – as pure magic.

Film or digital?

We both gravitate towards film, especially medium format for personal work. This was our first project experimenting with Instant film and we really enjoyed the process. We are looking forward to incorporating more into our future endeavors.

Lastly, what’s next for you?

As a duo, we are continuing working commercially in boudoir. We are also working on a series, Women in the Wild, which explores the duality of women and our complex relationship with the natural world. Finally, we are creating a series of portraits of successful women for Mother Muse Co throughout 2018.

Rachel: I am continuing my personal work photographing my family and friends in ongoing works, while also owning and creating my jewelry business, EaarthBones.

Kirra: I am continuing a project titled You Were With Me the Whole Time exploring the complexities of motherhood as well as continuing on editorial work.