Happy New Year!!!
2015 was an amazing year! This past December CYW Photography photographed a record number of seniors and one who came to us as far as Spain! Sometimes I have to pinch myself that this is real…I mean not only doing what I love but living with a purpose! I am constantly blown away at the depth of understanding my clients have for what I do and why. I guess it should come as much of surprise from one mother to another – we all want the best experience for our children. For that I am eternally grateful for the continued support and referrals. I am proud to have created a flourishing business that stems from the principle and understanding that society is not always kind and fair in influencing our teens, but we can all chose, as a community, to help our children and their peers realize that their natural beauty, strength and self-esteem stems not from media but within themselves. It harks back to that old saying, “It take village to raise a child” and I couldn’t be more in agreement of that especially with a daughter of my own.
After having my daughter, I had to make a difficult choice as to whether I wanted to re-enter into professional photography (I’m a woman with many interest) in what seem to be a very saturated industry. I knew it had to have real meaning for me and when I saw how I might be able to bring in the world some positive perspection on self image, I knew this is what I want to contribute. By creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience which brings together, photography, pro hair and makeup and a sincere desire to know who my clients are, each individual session we’ve painstakingly plan intrinsically creates a natural revelation that one’s beauty stems first from within. This is the purpose I was always meant to lead – impacting the lives of others by changing the way they view themselves and in turn, those around them. Each time I work with my clients, I see the fruits from each session and I’m proud my work has stayed true to my values as a mom, a woman and a forward thinking entrepreneur. However, without my clients, whom many have turned into friends, I also could not have grown and received the encouragement to discover and push beyond the boundaries of what I thought was possible.
Keeping in principle, I am taking my 2017 CYW Model Team in the direction it was meant to be. Our slogan has always been “Not just a model, but a role model!” (it’s on our shirts) for that very reason, but because I have been guilty of incorporating recipes for what some in my industry consider success, I have shelfed portions of my original intention in helping teens (soon to be Seniors) share with others how they can make a difference, give selflessly and grow in the process. In a culture literally choking on self-promotion and self-absorption, the BEauty Within Team will go a different route than the majority of senior representative programs out there. It’s going to take a group who finally want to look outside of themselves, and bring real transformation to others. While more details will be forthcoming, I invite all interested high school Juniors to apply between January 8, 2016 and January 25, 2016. This is to be our first ever CYW BEauty Within Team. Here’s to a year ahead unlike any other and a look back at a beautiful 2015.
UPDATE: Sessions are completely booked for January! I have two sessions remaining in February and March. Please Contact Me before you forget to reserve a spot. Especially you, Class of 2016!
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