Honestly, we weren’t sure anyone would show up for our recent fresh face shoot.It’s daring, even courageous in today’s world to agree to be photographed without the security of a few layers of makeup.
To our surprise, we had 8 high schools represented in this shoot!Kellam, York, Nansemond River, Western Branch, Indian River, First Flight, Great Bridge, and Princess Anne, and 5 cities including Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, and Kitty Hawk.Thank you to all the girls who chose to be a part of this project.
Our senior models and our influencers had two sets of portraits taken.The first set we created with them wearing nothing but a little mascara.That’s it.Further, we did “no editing” to the images at all.When we say no editing, we mean zero face, skin, or hair retouching.Honestly we didn’t even retouch the studio wall where it badly needed paint.We wanted this to be unadulterated, real, genuine in every way.
I’m so proud of our girls.In our world of perfection, this IS courage.This is strength.As parents it’s what we desperately try to instill in our girls today.Being comfortable in their own skin.Standing up and being ok with our own God given natural beauty.
The second set of images we created we had the girls go do half a face of makeup.Initially I wanted them to do the same side of their face, but we actually forgot to tell them.So here’s a fun challenge - which side did they choose?
Hard to even tell right?
To our girls:
We are proud of you.We are here to tell you and the whole world, you are beautiful.When you wake up, when you go to bed, when you take hours to do your makeup and when you throw your hair up and head to the beach with nothing on your face at all.We love you and we think you are all simply amazing.