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.
In November, I met with the G. Family to take maternity photos as they anxiously awaited their newest arrival. Jody’s due date was in January, but Tony told me
to expect to come photograph their arrival around December 15th. His prediction was right on! Little miss Hailey was born on December 15th.
This morning as I arrived at their home, Tony proudly met me at the door with Hailey nestled in his arms and a huge smile on his face. It was déjà vu! Hailey is the spitting image of her sister Sierra when she was a newborn. Click HERE to see for yourself.
Sierra is full of kisses and love for her sister. They make an adorable pair don’t they?
While Hailey took a feeding break with Mom, Sierra sat on the floor with her Dad as they opened day 18 of her advent calendar. As she reached for her chocolate, she did a quick fake like she was going to take the first bite; however, she reserved that precious first bite for her Daddy. So sweet.
So let me introduce you to Miss Hailey at three days old…making her arrival into the world three weeks early! After she was born, they realized there was a true knot in the cord. Hailey, you truly are a Christmas Miracle. Welcome to the world beautiful, you have been born into a family full of love and warmth. Lucky girl 🙂
Congratulations and Merry Christmas. You are so blessed. Thank you for allowing me to capture your miracle.