“Did I not exist as I aged?” “Was I really that smooth-faced and doe-eyed?” Are these the questions we will ask ourselves when we look back on our social media posts? WORSE – are these the images our children and grandchildren will compare themselves to when they reach our age? When I compare myself to some of my relatives at my same age, I just feel….like I can relate! I don’t think…”wow I’m so much hotter”, or “I need a facelift!” I think, “I am already a Grandmother and she was putting three children through college!” “She was still getting her degree!” “She was going through so many of the same things I am, I sure wish I could chat with her about it right now…we suffered through a lot of the same struggles, but she’s not here…I’m going to do everything in my power to live as long as I can so my grandchildren can talk to me when they are going through the same things.”
The one thing I have never asked is, “what did she put on her face?” And my relatives are drop-dead gorgeous and look like they could be my siblings. I don’t think anyone will be asking what filter we used.
So why are we so obsessed with them? I am having as much fun as you are – don’t get me wrong. I’ll record silly, sexy, funny filtered clips for fun, but when I take a selfie or a pic to post, it’s filter-free. And every freckle, pore, wrinkle and cakey-makeup spot is there for all to see. You’re welcome. :/
For my birthday this year, I’d like to celebrate with a very special portrait offer. A portrait session with me is at minimum $190, but I would really like to get 23 faces in front of me who would otherwise not be able to do a $250 portrait session for themselves or their children.
I would like to offer, for my 43rd year of life, Project #KeptUnfiltered.
If you don’t want to come to my home studio (located in St. George, I will come to you – you don’t need to worry about cleaning your home, or even having a special space. All we need is a window or an open door. I’ll bring something to sit on, a backdrop, all my necessary gear and my camera. If you want to have any kind of hair and makeup, fantastic – go for it, but keep in mind we’re going 100% unfiltered meaning I will not be retouching your image. I want you – raw, real, natural and whole. Because you are exactly that. Whole. Worthy. Stunningly beautiful and worthy of the photograph you will receive.
*Due to Covid-19, all images are now taken outdoors, masks must be worn and social distancing will be implemented. All CDC recommended protocol will be followed.
I Want To Know YOUR Story
In taking your portrait, I will be asking you some questions about you…you’ll just have to be surprised.
Nothing fancy, just me being curious.
Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for every gender of model for our photography project, ages 0-122. We will ask the model and/or their children/parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art to be published on either the website, blog, social media pages or both/all.
I hate what the filters do to me!
Shrink my whole face. I already have a pretty small head. My nose gets smaller. My lips are happier. My hairline is a cartoon helmet. And all the bad lighting is softer. Okay, that part isn’t so bad but the reason it appears that way is cause WHERE DID MY ACTUAL EPIDERMIS GO? I’m all about the fun of filters when I’m sending them on occasion or posting for fun, but I refuse to erase myself. Please don’t erase yourself. If we’re friends and you were sitting in my living room, would you tell me about your sleepless night last night? Or the insomnia you experienced for years? How you suffered helping a loved one? How you struggled through addiction? How you feel you’ve aged since the loss of your loved one? ❤️❤️❤️
Don’t erase your story from your face and post it as a replacement. We want all of you – real, raw, blemished, soft. Why? Because we’re ALL real and blemished and scarred, too. We all look like you. You look like me. 💫✨🌟
I have never come across a human I don’t find stunning. Beauty is in and on each of us. Every last one. Unfiltered. Unchanged. Every feature crafted and created and sculpted by your Creator!
I want to celebrate and see your glowing, pure, unfiltered beauty.
Why do you filter? What do you not love about yourself? For me? I don’t have the energy to hate my outsides anymore. I have enough work on my insides to do.
How to participate or nominate a friend:
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If you are interested in participating or 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, you can apply here. Please nominate people you think would enjoy this custom boutique studio experience. The home-studio session itself is no cost. That’s how passionate I am about this project! My goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your unfiltered spirit and soul! Many of our clients use their portraits as birthday, Christmas, even “just because” gifts for their families.