Ain't I woman? by Somer Handley

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So, since it is March and we are in love with badass women here at Revolution Studios, we figured we’d take a moment to pay homage to the hundreds of years worth of progression we, as women, have had to endure.  To follow is a brief history and timeline of what women have battled.

When we say the words “Women’s History” just of the United States alone, are we aware of how much is encompassed?  What do we really know about this progression? Are we aware this crusade for equality set sail much earlier than one would have expected and had little to no result until much later in the future? TBH, it seems like while there have been many advances for women, there have been an equal amount of setbacks.  Additionally, it seems like they are mutually exclusive. When an advancement was made, something occurred to counter those efforts. But if there’s two things we know about women, it’s that we can hit the ground running and we always know how to bounce back….even in our highest stiletto. ;)


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So let’s take it from the top of our nation’s birth: (and feel free to hate the intermittent commentary lol)

-1607:  Jamestown is established in VA as the first colony

-1769:  The first “structural” laws for our country are becoming defined.  Thus ensuring that women are “through marriage one person with their husbands” Even going so far as to claim that a woman’s “very existence is suspended during the marriage and incorporated into her husband under whose wing and protection she performs everything.

Waaaaiiiittt a second??!!

**So let’s back up.  No. 1, it took 158 years for anyone to even discuss property rights of men through MARRIAGE?  (sn: secretly wondering which female “acted up” to begin this convo!!)

No. 2, just even the wording of the law is very scary and bizarre to me.  Women were treated on the same level as houses, sofas or pets ????

Okay okay, moving on…..

-1851-Sojourner Truth, an emancipated slave, shows up at the Women’s Rights Convention and delivers her extremely moving speech entitled “Ain’t I A Woman”.

Her words are to follow:

“I want to say a few words about this matter. I am a woman's rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart – why can't she have her little pint full? You need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much, – for we can't take more than our pint'll hold. The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don't know what to do. Why children, if you have women's rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won't be so much trouble. I can't read, but I can hear. I have heard the Bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right side up again. The Lady has spoken about Jesus, how he never spurned woman from him, and she was right. When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha came to him with faith and love and besought him to raise their brother. And Jesus wept and Lazarus came forth. And how came Jesus into the world? Through God who created him and the woman who bore him. Man, where was your part? But the women are coming up blessed be God and a few of the men are coming up with them. But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard…”

(SN:  Wow! She nailed it!)

-1872- Susan B. Anthony is arrested for attempting to vote while at the same time Sojourner Truth shows up at a voting poll in Battle Creek, Michigan, demanding a ballot and she is turned away.

-1878- A Women’s Suffrage Amendment is introduced into the House of Representatives

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-1919- The Women’s Suffrage Amendment is FINALLY passed through both houses and in…


Now, one would think that this served as a diving board into a pool of opportunity for women everywhere.  And while women have yet still struggled, the 19th Amendment served as a foundation for the beginning of the expansion of women’s liberties.  From there, the story gets somewhat more “tellable”.

-1936- Women are given the right to choose to use medicinal birth control

-1938- Women are granted the same minimum wage rights as men with the passing of the Fair Labor Standards Act

-1947- Women are seen “fit” to serve on juries BUT are not given the right to serve on a jury but are able to choose whether or not they would like to

(Seems like decent progress, yes??  Well, with all good advances come notable setbacks.)

-1961- The US Supreme Court upholds rules set in place by Florida law that make it more unlikely for women to be chosen for jury selection because women are “still regarded as the center of the home and the family life.”  

-1973- Roe v. Wade solidifies a women’s right “to choose”

-1981-Supreme Court rules that excluding women from the draft IS constitutional.

-1981- Supreme Court overturns state laws designating the husband as the “head and master” with PROPERTY RIGHTS to his wife.

Sadly, there is no funny Kimye pic to post here.  That is simply heartbreaking. So many women were imprisoned and some even killed for their attempts at equality.  To see that women have carried on in an attempt for fair treatment for over 200 years with minimal results rendered is devastating.  And just to put this out there, how dare “they” grant rights to any people who are not legally viewed as 100% individuals. It just begs the question of what their untimely motives stemmed from.  Additionally, it substantiates the claim that while women have made leaps from where we once were, we have many more mountains to move.

-March 12th, 1987- After petitioning Congress to establish a Women’s History month, on this day, it was passed and Women’s History Week was put into legislation.  Since it was initially a week long, it declared that March 8th was International Women’s Day. Later it was determined that there was too much history and depth to the women’s movement and the week was expanded into a month long commemoration of what WAS.

For Revolution Studios, women's equality is as important as civil rights, LGBT or how about just HUMAN rights?  We believe people are people and we ALL are deserving of respect and happiness. We believe in the concept that in order to never go back to what you once were, you must always remember where you came from..  So consider this is our tribute to the women who fought to let us be here today. What can we say? At Revolution Studios, we kinda have a thing for badass bitches that just won’t take “no” for an answer. ;)



WWWWW on Boudoir with Revolution Studios by Somer Handley

W’s of Boudoir:


1.  WHO

Boudoir offers an escape from the mundane and everyday life into a place where maybe we only go in our heads...a kind of fairytale place (maybe the only place) that we feel like a sexy beast lol. Are you laughing at this concept? Yes, Yes, many of us find it humorous to think of ourselves as sexy or even beautiful. You ARE! The real question is do you feel it? That is where we come in! Boudoir photography is often done for significant others as gifts but ends up being such a ego boost for yourself! This is an experience tailored around feeling unique and beautiful and letting those feelings being expressed or seen for the first time in artistic expression. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to be a model to have an incredible Boudoir Shoot.  Boudoir is for REAL life people...all shapes, all sizes, all sexes. Boudoir is for the bride to be who wants to gift the best groom’s gift ever :). Boudoir is for the survivor to feel liberated again. Boudoir is a couple looking to add a little spice to their relationship. Boudoir is for a personal jubilee! Boudoir is for YOU and is one of the best ways to bring out and capture a sexier side that is often lost in our busy lives!

2.  WHAT

Bou·doir- ˈbo͞oˌdwärˈ-noun.

boudoir -(plural noun: boudoirs); a woman's bedroom or private room;

From the French verb to sulk; to pout


Of, relating to, or suggestive of sexual intimacy:


So what is boudoir in 2018??  Professional Boudoir photography today is a medium for self-expression. Boudoir Photography sessions are a professional opportunity to express your love, your fears, and your vulnerability helping you conquer your inhibitions and see yourself in new ways. Beautiful...Glamouous...Sexy.  Boudoir concepts and ideas range and over the life our business we have seen just about every interpretation of boudoir. Of course there is the traditional lingerie, his favorite jersey, and vintage pin up looks accompanied with a red lip and cat eye. There is the simplicity of loose waves in your hair and just a plain white sheet. We have also seen costumes of ALL SORTS, golf clubs, roller skates, motorcycles and cars, caution tape, and camo you name it! How ever you want to express or dress that makes you feel good we are here to help! We work together with you on a vision for your shoot to make sure you have a great session and amazing final products! Everyone deserves to feel and look their best.  Boudoir photography can be a great platform for this and if you have done your research you already know we are the best!



3.  WHEN?? Some of our clients choose do do sessions in a time of celebration but this is about you and the time is NOW!  This isn’t something to put need this! Getting your session on the calendar is a great start and I bet it makes you nervous just thinking about it right? What do I wear? What happens during a boudoir session? We will go over all these things with you prior to you even scheduling! Our expertise and professionalism will put you immediately more at ease!  Commiting to what may be super scary will end up being one of the best liberating experiences you have had! Although we don’t feel you need any reason to schedule your session here are some reasons you can use to help justify lol...When you’re getting married or an anniversary. When you meet a personal fitness or weight loss goal. When you want to do something with your significant other that is new and fun.  Whatever reason or if none at all, lets match up calendars! We are open Monday thru Friday and take our first appointment at 930 and last at 2pm. Our smallest boudoir experience has you here for a total of 3 hours so something to take into consideration when contacting us to schedule.


4. WHERE?? Most of our boudoir sessions take place in our studio located in Raleigh off Glenwood Ave. Our commercial studio space is HUGE and offers many backdrops.. We have many predesigned set that include couches, chairs, chaises, a bed, setees etc... We are constantly updating the sets to accommodate our repeat visitors so you never know how our space will look when you get here!  Our clients come from all over because we truly are THAT good at what we do.

Revolution Studios

6909 Glenwood Ave #102, Raleigh, NC 27612



5. WHY??

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Coolsculpting Behind the Scenes Video Shoot by Somer Handley


What a fun day working with Synergy on new CoolSculpting Marketing Videos to launch later this month! During the shoot today we worked with 3 models who have had Coolsculpting with Synergy who are so in love with their results that they didn't mind sharing! From a marketing side this made the job easy on us all! It was great to hear their stories and bring that excitement to life through our commercial videography shoot!

At Revolution Studios, we know and understand that any commercial photography and videography has to reflect your brand and product, as well as attract today's modern consumer.  Have a premium product that needs exceptional photography in order to sell and market professionally?  We have the artistic eye, commercial equipment and skill set to provide you with exceptional imagery to market and brand your product and your company.  Whether a in studio or an on location lifestyle shoot we work together to make sure your imagery reinforces and complements your brand. 

During Commercial Photography and Videography Shoots we may do things like capture the warm reception at the time a client calls, a client consultation, a friendly patient exam, or an everyday board meeting. Our commercial photography and videography reveal an up close and personal side to your business that helps enhance your marketing materials and define your brand. 

By the way have you met Kyle? Kyle is our staff Videographer covers all of our Revolution Client's Video needs! From Commercial clients, Video testimonials, Weddings, and Events he is a creative bad ass who compliments our team so well! 

Check out a few of the behind the scenes shots of our owner Somer who was the Creative Director for this shoot, Kyle/ Videographer, Team Synergy, and models!