Wow! We had so much fun doing a Teen Girls Photo Session. We made it a Stylized Empowerment Portrait Session with Lex’s of Carytown. The Dream Team had a meeting and we decided we wanted to try something different. We believe that young girls start making decisions about their body and we wanted to empower young women to feel confident and beautiful.
Anetra Johnson, Owner of NeeChic put out a model call for 5 young women from the ages of 15-18 years old in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. We asked the young women to write a short essay on how beauty and confidence is linked and what it means to them. We received a great response and we picked 5 teens from different high schools around the Richmond area. One young lady even drove from Tappahannock.
Anetra met with all the ladies at Lex’s of Carytown so they could pick the right style gown for their body type. Anetra also paired the accessories. Anetra took the extra step of getting everyone a fan to compliment their outfits and she picked up long black gloves for Montana’s dress. It all came together fabulously!
A very special thank you to Lisa McSherry, Owner of Lex’s of Carytown for generously lending us her amazing gowns and accessories.
On the Big Day of the Teen Girls Photo Session…
On the big day, we met early to start the production of hair and makeup. Beauty by Brittany brought her talented assistant Kelsey Daubery. Makeup by Holly brought her exceptional assistant Tierra Parker. Anetra had her amazing assistant, Arlice Baker.
Anetra decided the theme should be Rural Couture. I contacted Ashland, VA’s Economic Development and made sure we were good to go there. We first started photographing in my residential studio while the young ladies were getting their hair and makeup. Then we moved to outside by my willow tree to capture a different affect. Finally we high tailed it to downtown Ashland. We began in front of the theatre and then progressed to across the Ashland Library and we ended at the Ashland Train Station. It was an amazing time.
All the young ladies are so beautiful and spectacular! Everyone seemed to enjoy their time and they got into trying the different fashion poses. We selected the best five teen girls for what we were trying to achieve. It all came together perfectly.
I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and I’m really glad that I did that. I am always learning something new. But the best part was to collaborate with some very talented women who are all vested in empowering women to feel beautiful and confident! We hope this experience is something they remember for a lifetime!!!