First off, we are so unbelievably thankful for all of the support and love we are getting through this amazing campaign! We just wrapped up the second of our initial round of full day photo shoots. We’ve had many laughs and have made wonderful connections with every single person who has come through. Kiera's cheeks are still sore from smiling so much! We are so humbled by each and every one of the beautiful females we have met who have bravely shared their stories with us and have had their portraits taken.
We can't wait to share the images and stories we have captured. They are so inspiring. We feel blessed that people want to share their deeply personal stories with all of us. Here are some subjects people are writing about.
2. Women who have started groups or businesses to help others
5. Teen pregnancy
6. Business success stories
7. Body Image, both from feeling overweight to underweight and everything in between
8. Women who have always felt great about themselves
9. Health issues
It has been interesting to hold these shoots. We’ve had very confident people who actually feel pretty comfortable in front of the camera. We’ve also had people tell us they feel awkward. We assure them that we, too, feel awkward in front of the camera. We’re used to being behind it but lately, we are always in front, doing test shots of each other or playing around in the studio. However, we still find it hard. Once people hear that, it helps a bit. We then make sure we find ways to connect with each person. We ask questions, get to know them and do our best to make them feel comfortable. The feedback has been great! These women who start out feeling awkward, end up laughing and enjoying themselves and that is beautiful to us.
Another interesting challenge is asking people to come up with three positive things about themselves. We had one women look at our word bank and actually say, "these are too positive, they aren’t the words I thought of before". Wow. We want girls and women to look at a list of positive words and have trouble narrowing down which ones to use, instead of having trouble picking any out. There’s something powerful about getting them to dig deep and think about themselves in a new way. The words they’re coming up with are awesome and we hope by giving them their images with the words, that they really identify with each one.
We are touched every time our participants express how excited and inspired they are by what we are doing. We are also getting the opportunity to capture groups of friends and groups of family together. We encourage you to get your friends and family involved. You end up having fun with those you love while also getting some beautiful images of you together that you can treasure forever. And what's more powerful than individual females showing who they are? Females standing together, empowering each other.
Last week also ended on an incredibly high note. Someone who believes in our potential gave us our first $5,000 towards getting she. off the ground. Words can't describe how unbelievably thankful we are. We can't wait to change the world. Stay tuned in the next few weeks when we release round 2 of our she. T fundraiser and launch our crowd funding campaign! Help us by sharing and spreading the word! We really appreciate it!
We still have many of you to photograph and many more stories to share. This is only the beginning and we look forward to many more photo shoots and making a difference. Thank you all for continuing to support she. and everything it stands for.
Nicole & Kiera
Enjoy some of our behind the scenes shots from our she. photo shoots.