I am so excited to photograph tweens for my “Who I Am” project!
Babies are so cute, new and squishy. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and can give you a run for your money with their sass. But those tween ages are often forgotten, they are sort of… inbeTween. 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. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high.
Last year these sessions were a HUGE hit! I loved getting to know these lovely individuals. I was quite impressed with what some have already gone through and achieved in their few short years. Each person has his or her struggles, yet they continue to press forward and improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
And what talent! I photographed dancers, athletes, artists, and inspiring young people who are making a difference in their communities. One young woman spoke before her city council and urged them to design sidewalks in to their community planning so they had a safer way to walk to the library. Each draft prior to her speaking never included a sidewalk, despite many adult community members pleas. She spoke, the city listen and the next draft included a sidewalk. One young woman sews items to sell and donates them to her favorite charity, Autism Speaks. She also raises funds for another charity, the March of Dimes. One loves piano so much and has practiced and practiced to achieve great strides in a short amount of time. One is on a traveling soccer team. One has major medical complications, but she is the spunkiest and most full of life young woman and was a delight to get to know. One struggles with speech and dyslexia, but continues to be an inspiration to her teachers and classmates. She is always trying to help her classmates with what ever they are struggling with despite any challenges she faces. I photographed tweens who love to write. And I photographed a few comedians who kept me laughing our entire session.
I can go on and on. This project has been one of my favorite things to work on and I am so excited to continue the project this year. If you have or know of a tween you think would be great for this project, please read more about it here, and send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be photographing these sessions in the next few weeks and can’t wait to meet more amazing young people!