Krissy Simard is a Canadian artist based in Montréal, Québec. With her photography, she aspires to show people the emotions she cannot express with words, creating sensitive and personal connections with the people and landscapes she features in her work, using her images as a diary.

How did the shoot with Inès go and how do you approach these intimate shoots?

The shoot went perfect! Inès is a natural when it comes to the camera and she’s also a friend of mine so it made the whole thing a lot more easier. We shot this in my friend Kim’s room and they both got along really well. I’m all about creating a comfortable and safe environment for both me and my models. That’s why I always give space for them to suggest some ideas and choose some of their own poses. They know their bodies more than I do and that’s what I’m trying to project in each series I work on. The more included and comfortable the model is, the better the photos. Last thing I want is imposing a certain vision or image on someone, and once I’ve explained that, I think that’s how I get people to work with me on these shoots.

“By breaking the standards and pushing the gender barrier, we can show how much power there is in ones body, inside and out.“

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

I do see a lot of male photographers in this business taking pictures of naked women through their male gaze in mind with a specific type of beauty (the one we see portrayed in the media most of the time), and I think we need a wind of change in that area. There is so much more out there that needs representation, not only because of the various body types there are out there but also for trans women, non binary folks, women of color, disabled women, and I could go on. I also feel that it’s not only in the body but also in the person you choose to photograph. The reason I worked with Inès is because she inspires me, she’s passionate and she’s very active in the LGBTQ community through collectives and such. By breaking the standards and pushing the gender barrier, we can show how much power there is in ones body, inside and out.

Your ideal morning?

I’m really slow when it comes to mornings. I would say there’s nothing better than good coffee, sun shining through my window while I scroll trough instagram in my bed with my cat curled up by my side.

What makes you happy?

Making other people happy.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on a photo diary that’s constantly being updated on my website right now. Once it’s done, I plan on printing it into a photo zine and have it published. Not sure when the series will be done, I’m just waiting for the right time!