Announcing … The Beauty Project | Philadelphia Women’s Photographer
Every woman has something or several things she is self conscious about. More often than not, a client will tell me exactly what she doesn’t like about herself. “I don’t like my forehead.” “I have such dark bags under my eyes.” And, of course, there is the common joke about shaving a few pounds off in Photoshop.
I get it. I have a long list of things I don’t like about myself. Any time a woman gets pictures back she immediately zeros in on everything she doesn’t like. It’s so easy to fixate on those things we don’t like about ourselves. What’s interesting is that most people don’t notice those things we obsess over. Dove has outdone themselves proving this problem. (Yet another reason why I love this company and their mission.) The lesson learned is that the critic in our head is much too loud – that nasty voice tells us that we aren’t good enough, strong enough, pretty enough. But guess what? You are pretty. You are strong. You are BEAUTIFUL. It’s time to squash the critic, ladies. With that, I am so happy to introduce The Beauty Project.
I’ve had this idea on my mind and in my heart since last summer. I encouraged my good friend Shannon to do a photo shoot because she was going through a major life change and feeling a million negative emotions. I knew the session would be really fun and the end result would make her feel great. What I didn’t expect is how it would transform her. In her words:
“These pictures made me feel amazing. Maybe all the doubts about how chubby I am or what problem spots I have actually aren’t that bad.
Every woman should feel beautiful no matter what flaws she has.”
Many women only experience those feelings about themselves from their wedding pictures. One day is not enough. And what about the women who haven’t experienced that kind of day? It just didn’t sit well with me. I want women to feel that great about themselves on a regular basis. I felt compelled to take action and bring this idea to life.
The Beauty Project is a personal photo project capturing a woman’s beauty and telling her story. The Beauty Project is intended to be a positive, uplifting, and inspiring experience. It’s designed to make each woman focus on her beauty and see herself in authentic light.
I will be featuring women admired for their inner and outer beauty. I am taking nominations now! So, nominate your best friend for her passion and strength. Nominate your sister for her happy spirit and success. Nominate your mentor who is living her best life and inspires you. Whoever she is, tell us what makes her beautiful. What characteristics does she have? Why is she special? Spill all the positive details! Selected candidates will take part in a custom photo session that fits the style of each candidate, whether it’s high-fashion, boudoir, or simply natural. It’s all about a positive, uplifting experience that shows she is truly beautiful.
Want to be a part of this experience? Know someone who would? Here’s what you need to do: Post a comment on the blog, on our Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info, her contact info and why you are nominating her. Tell us about her and tell us about YOU. The photo shoot might just include both of you! Feel free to include pictures, links, stories … whatever you think will be helpful.
If you walk away from this post without nominating yourself or someone else, I ask that you take this message with you. Emphasize the things you love about yourself as opposed to the things you don’t. Let’s focus on positivity. Let’s focus on real beauty – inside and out. Spread that message to your friends. Encouragement and compliments have a lasting impact.
In fact, say it to yourself – You are beautiful.