Mo + Erik || Fort Collins, Colorado

Gender Fluid Portrait Session : Fort Collins, Colorado

I work in the photography industry (um, clearly) where I see (and do) a lot of wedding photography, and birth announcements, and birthday parties, and general portrait sessions, and a lot of these sessions have at least a little something to do with the concept of gender: But what really IS gender? What is it to you? Is gender given to us at birth? Is it something we get to choose? Is it something that is imposed on us by society? Is it fixed? Can it change? Is is binary? Is it related to our sex organs? Our genitals? (another word I never thought I would ever type on this blog- genitals) Is it defined by the way we dress? Is it defined by the things we like? The colors we're drawn to? Blue, pink? YELLOW? Traditional? Conforming? Fluid? So many questions, and honestly I don't know if I ever need answers. I don't think that any of these things limit our gender identities. I feel we can choose to be however we want to be! I've always been interested by these "typical" gender-challenging concepts. As a woman who has been in relationships with other women, and as a woman who loves to hike, and fly fish, who wears pants, and enjoys the color blue- all "man" things (according to society's idea of gender)- I have a very wide definition of what gender means. I don't subscribe to the limited view that our society pushes on us of gender roles, i.e. that as a woman I should stay in the kitchen, wear only dresses, and love the smell of lemon cleanser. Obviously these are hugely stereotypical, but hopefully it paints the picture of just how limiting "traditional" gender ideas can be.

We are in a highly volatile time in the U.S. with the #metoo movement and the #timesup awareness. This post is not about those things, but in this time I would like to think that people can be open-minded enough to have a discussion around what gender actually means to them, and then listen to what others have to say. This session is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to busting up gender "norms" and opening the door to a more fluid acceptance of people expressing themselves in any way they want to. I hope to work with these talented souls again, and look forward to exploring these ideas through my photography.

 Models Erik Lindstom and Mo Wells pose at a styled shoot from old town Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik and Mo pose at a styled shoot at the Northern Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Mo and Erik at a styled shoot around Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Mo Wells and Erik Lindstrom model at a styled shoot in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Mo and Erik pose in the Northern Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik Lindstrom and Mo Wells model at the Northern Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik Lindstrom and Mo Wells pose in the Northern Hotel in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. Portraits by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography.  
 Mo Wells and Erik Lindstrom pose for a styled shoot at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik Lindstrom and Mo Wells model around Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado in a styled shoot by Sonja Salzburg. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Mo Wells and Erik Lindstrom pose at a styled shoot at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Mo Wells poses for a fashion styled shoot at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik Lindstrom poses for a fashion styled shoot at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Models Mo Wells and Erik Lindstrom pose at a fashion styled shoot around Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Model Erik Lindstrom poses for a styled shoot at the Northern Hotel in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Erik Lindstom and Mo Wells around Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Models Mo Wells and Erik Lindstom around Fort Collins, Colorado. Portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 
 Models Erik Lindstrom and Mo Wells pose for a fashion styled shoot at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fashion portrait photography by Sonja Salzburg of Sonja K Photography. 

Thanks heaps to Mo Wells and Erik Lindström of Voltage Salon.