About the Artist

Marissa Southards is one half of the creative team behind Southards Art Studio.  As the primary photographer with Southards Art Studio, Marissa has photographed weddings, portraits, and events, with a large focus on working with non-profit organizations.  In 2016, Marissa began to explore creative artistic projects, with the most visible result being The Awakenings Project STL. 

The Awakenings Project began in St. Louis, MO in 2016 and includes over 400 participants.  The goal of the project is the empowerment of women, girls, non-binary folx, and women identifying individuals through body positivity and self-actualization.  More recently, what had started as a moment, became a movement and thus, Awakened.AF was born.  Awakened.AF brings still images, the written word, and visual media from incredible artists in one place. 

The artist behind the moment turned movement has since visited multiple states, speaking and photographing and reaching supporters around the country.  In the time since the project began, Marissa has been featured on podcasts, blogs, and is currently available for speaking engagements and workshops focused on empowerment, body positivity, transformation and actualization.  

Marissa resides in Glendale, MO with her husband, two daughters, and two tiny revolutionary dogs.  She can usually be found at the closest caffeine hut and is currently experiencing life at multiple WTF's per hour.   


Image by:  Donna Burch