Unveiling the Essence: Embracing Vulnerability

This is part of a series of social media posts that will appear on Tuesdays between now and October. I will add each one here as I get time.

Laura Kerbyson - As the Subject of Art


For more than three decades, I’ve thrived in the world of marketing, capturing the beauty of countless women for luxurious advertising campaigns. My lens has graced beauty queens, actresses, and hidden talents in fabulous Palm Beach scenes, while I remained comfortably behind the camera.


Recently, an intriguing opportunity arose—to step into the spotlight and become the subject of art photography, just as I’ve asked my models to do. This assignment was different; its purpose was to strip away the wrapper that surrounds us in the business world—the glasses, the styled hair, the expensive attire—a facade that doesn’t truly define who I am. The objective was clear: to present the raw and unconstrained version of myself through art, allowing people to witness my authenticity.


The very thought of this challenge was terrifying, for I’ve always been camera shy. Throughout my life, this fear loomed large, taunting me relentlessly. I tried to reason with myself, drawing parallels to moments of conquering my fear—like when I first started flying airplanes. If I could do that, surely, I could brave the camera as well. But emotions, as I learned, defy the constraints of logic.


At 54 years old, another concern gripped me—how would I look? The harsh judgment that aging imposes on women weighed heavily on my mind. Yet, I found inspiration in Martha Stewart’s courageous appearance on the Sports Illustrated cover. Her boldness impressed me, and I owe her my gratitude. Encouraged by her example, I resolved to embrace this challenge. Little did I know that this journey would also reveal to me the true reflection of my own self.


For so long, I had hidden behind trademark glasses, but a head injury led me to reluctantly part ways with them. Adjusting to life with new contacts was a change, but it also opened my eyes to new perspectives. My long hair, often worn up, cascades down to my elbows, a feature that had often gone unnoticed.


Love became the central theme of this shoot, a choice deeply rooted in my core values. Love, I believe, should guide every interaction and decision in life. It has the power to uplift and support, and I have always strived to attract more love and kindness into my world. Even in the cutthroat world of business, entrepreneurs in the pursuit of their dreams need love and support as much as any friend.


Thus, the essence of this visual journey became an intimate revelation of vulnerability and authenticity—shedding the wrapper that society imposed on me and embracing the unfiltered truth of who I am. It is a reminder that, in a world driven by appearances, it is love that truly sets us free.


I will begin the first post with the shot I like the best. There will be other posts later. You can weigh in on which one is your favorite and why. I invite your feedback. The same posts will be made to Instagram, one post per week for six weeks, you may comment on them in my Instagram account @laurakerbyson. The posts will also appear to

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Laura Kerbyson

When you go from behind the camera to in front of the camera…

Now I get to tell you about something fun. Late last night I was contacted by an Italian sunglass company who would like for me to model a couple of their products.

They had reached out to me over a personal Instagram page. I did do some modeling in the past year. It’s a different, yet fun experience when you go from behind the camera in establishing a brand’s identity to being in front of the camera. I love working with the images that help to establish people and brand identity.

In the case of the upcoming modeling, I will actually shoot, edit and model. And of course I think they might get a little expert marketing advice…

I loved that the reached out to me because they thought I had a great vibe.

When I receive the photos I’ll set aside a day for a shoot and of course you’ll be able to see it here.

And, there might be some modeling opportunities for some friends….

I have asked for a special discount for readers and followers. There will be a special promo code.

I actually have a shoot planned for November in Miami where a friend who’s a great photographer wants to learn how to shoot people so I am the subject of that shoot and educational experience.

Now in other news. Let’s talk about Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. . It will be September 27-October 1st.

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Under the theme, THE REBUILDERS, this year’s #FCFestival will shine its lens on those innovative companies, leaders, strategies, and trends helping reimagine, reinvent and rebuild business, society, culture, and community—all with an eye on a truly better tomorrow.

There will be an exciting lineup of speakers including Drew Barrymore The event is virtual this year so anyone can attend from anywhere. Please join us as one of The Rebuilders.

If you have tickets and can not make the sessions, they will be recorded.

Fun Day, Sunday

Hi everyone! I had a great day today. I started by playing around with my hair and my makeup and then I went to downtown Lake Worth to a new cafe that just opened, Monada. Delicious.

Laura Kerbyson

It’s so nice to see Lake Worth get revitalized with this kind of business.


Monada Cafe

Then I went onto the beach (Boynton Beach) that is one of my favorites and just a few minutes away. I love it here so much.

Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach


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