I know I've said this before, but with all this we're-stuck-in-our-houses-for-the-foreseeable-future, it bears repeating.
It's sad but true.
My daughters don’t really let me photograph them anymore. They’re not babies anymore, and I can (kinda, sorta) get them to pose for me in their Halloween costumes every year, but other than that, mama doesn’t really take out the big camera for their pictures anymore. And it makes me so sad! They're so amazing, these tween girls. They really start to understand who they are in the world, what they can do and be... but I'm just not really documenting it anymore.
This is why I created my tween empowerment project.
Babies are so cute, new and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and let's face it, they just do the darnedest things. But those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren't children anymore but also aren't quite teens.
So later this spring, in celebration of the powers that be finally letting us leave our homes (crossing fingers and toes over here), I'm making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. My goal is to help tween girls look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.
I call it the "Who I Am" Project
I started my "Who I Am" photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years. I also wanted to enrich the lives of these incredible preteens. My main goal of this project is to make preteens look and feel beautiful and be confident in who they are.
I’m looking for female models for this photography project, ages 10-12. I’ll ask the model and their parents and other people who love these girls (coaches, girl scout troop leaders, aunts, grandpas, etc.) a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.
Why "Who I Am"?
I want to capture the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies. I 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.
I am in a rhythm where I do this project twice a year, in January and June. This year, due to the Coronavirus I'm starting a bit early - I'll begin in mid-May and I'll continue through early June. I've had seasons where I've documented 30 girls in 30 days, some seasons it's lighter... I just do ten or fifteen girls over the course of a month. Let's really go for it this year. I need some smiles to look forward to, and I know these girls stuck in their homes need a little something to look forward to! Let's get it on the calendar. More info is here. (Click "Tell Me More" at the top to start)
I've created an entire website all about these sessions, too, so you can get more information about my "Who I Am" Project here.
How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please visit the Who I Am Project website and use the contact form link on the "We're In, What's Next" page 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. This May and June, I've decided I'm going to offer my Who I Am Project sessions for $75 instead of the usual $175. This is partly because I want to encourage you guys to go for it (because I need an influx of cashola), but also because we all need a little help these days with all the uncertainty we have going on.
This project's goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos that you and she will love and that truly show your daughter’s spirit and soul! Many people like to use these photos as birthday and “just because” gifts for their daughter. I introduced some Who I Am portrait collections just for this project, and those start at $299, but you absolutely don't need to buy anything after the session - you can do it just for the experience and the slideshow - that's everything! But if you're curious, the collection details and photos of all the products are on the "Who I Am" Project site here.
After you contact me, I will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter.
Hoping this sounds exciting to you too...
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
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