A friend of mine, Michelle has created an incredible program in Edmonton called “Beauty From Within”. Over a period of a few weeks, she works with a group of teen girls to boost their self-esteem and together they explore the art of self-expression through play, communication, faith, and positive thought. Through their faith in God, the girls are empowered to be exactly who they are and embrace their beauty that comes from within. What an amazing program, the world needs more wonderful people like Michelle!
I jumped at the opportunity to photograph the Beauty From Within group after a day of hair and makeup services done by the fabulous staff at the “Beauty Lounge“ in downtown Edmonton (a gorgeous salon with the best ambiance. I seriously want to live in their salon). I was so excited to photograph each girl who greeted me with the most dazzling smile and fun energy! Beautiful Venue + Stunning Full-of-Life Girls = Amazing Day!
In a world where the media glamorizes beauty that just isn’t real with airbrushed magazine covers and digitally manipulated ads, it can be challenging to impart the knowledge that beauty comes from within and to embrace who you are with confidence. One of the girls asked me if I airbrush the photos like they do in the magazines, and I replied “Why mess with perfection? You are beautiful exactly as you are. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
With the permission of their parents, here is a sneak peek of each beautiful girl.
Thank you to each of you girls who allowed me to capture your inner & outer beauty. You are perfect exactly as you are.