Mom had searched around and found some images that she loved online and wondered if we could do something like it? I love a challenge! I took a look at the idea and the lighting that would need to happen and we made a plan. These are the results. <3
There are so many times every year that I realize I am so much more than a photographer. I am the secret keeper. The observer, the orchestrator, the calm presence or the one who stirs the pot for laughter! I hold your hand and tell you that you are indeed worth it. That it's ok to give yourself permission to celebrate yourself. That it's ok that your family fights in front of me. That it's ok that your children won't sit still.
This is a specific series. It's about claiming the feminine. About seeing that as wonderful, beautiful, and delicate, as well as strong, fiery, and fierce. Because I know lots of fierce girls who love to play dress up and who also climb trees, dig in the dirt, play sports, and stand up for themselves. I want them to know they can be all those things at the same time. That they can be feminine and fierce.
"Getting the pictures taken allowed me to forget everything that was going on in my head and just have fun and relax. It was a lot of fun. When I actually saw the pictures I couldn't believe it was me. It was like I was looking at a model and reading what my family had to say about me just made me so happy. I gained a lot of self confidence from it and can really see the beauty in me both inside and out."
The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high. We want to capture the the personality of these girls and record the last stage of their childhood. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image like the one here can do for your tweens self image.
I feel so strongly about girls having a real sense of who they are and feeling confident in that person. I know so many women I talk to want the same things for their daughters too. I think it's important to love and be connected to the body you live in. You get it for your whole life. If you can get and stay comfortable in your own skin you have a real advantage in life. Being comfortable and confident gives you the power to face the tough parts of life knowing that you trust yourself. I believe that trusting yourself comes from being at peace with all the pieces of who you are both inside and out. These tween and teen years are when big changes happen. Keeping yourself connected is huge.
This is what life is all about. The good times. The moments that we can look back on with fondness and realize that the most important thing we can do in life is enjoy it. May these images take you back to something wonderful from your childhood. Or maybe they inspire you to call your friends and do something fabulous.
These two girls became new best friends instantly. There were several moments as I was shooting that took my breath away. I see my little girl as all these things, silly, sarcastic, witty, funny, serious, and intense. But when I am taking portraits of her she is this other thing entirely. A thing that I can't really describe or grab onto. This magical creature who I have been gifted to hang out with. An old soul looking out at me.