Project Who I Am
“Did I not exist as a tween?” “Was I really that awkward all the time?” I wonder as I flip through my mom’s photo albums! I didn’t become a professional photographer until my oldest boy was 10 (I have three boys and one girl), and even then, I wasn’t great. No – I was downright awful. I don’t have very many portraits of them because – like a lot of boys, they weren’t exactly into it. Of the few photos that exist of them as a pre-teens, most are so far away that there are no distinguishing features, and the rest are traditional school photos. You know – superimposed background and all the glorious portrait posing a factory line-up can possibly achieve. Cute face, because hey it’s my kid! Still, I remember cringing when I got them, and although I’m glad I have their adorable faces through the years, I wish I had more photos I could hang on my wall as timeless pieces of art. My phone holds plenty of their personalities, hobbies and even friends. Playing drums, flips on the trampoline, working the snack shack at the ball park – these are images I have. Close up images of their gorgeous features, a posed and timeless pose, a classic, but modern portrait for the wall with a hint of that smirk that once was mine, but now belongs to someone else…ah, sweet tween innocence – that is what I missed! No wonder I’m obsessed with collecting as many portraits as I can get of my youngest in her early tween years.
Babies are so cute, new and chubby. We tend to have 8000 images of them on our phones, alone! Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and let’s face it, they just do the darnedest things. Still even more phone shots because…milestones! But those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore, but aren’t quite teens.
I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. My goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.
In comes the “Who I am” project
We are starting the “Who I am” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens. My main goal is to help pre-teens look and feel beautiful and confident in who they are, what they love and where they’re going.
Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for female and male models for our photography project, ages 10-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.
Why “Who I am”?
We want to capture the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies and young men. We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit Junior High. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tween’s self-image.
How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please e-mail us if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique studio experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary, as well as $50 to spend at your session reveal on your prints or custom products – a total value of $250.00. Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child’s spirit and soul! Many of our clients use their portraits as birthday, Christmas, even “just because” gifts for their tween. Our prints start at $25, framed portraits start at $295 and our studio collections start at $595.
After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your tween.