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Preteen Portraits – Who I Am Project

I hate the word “lanky”.  When I was 10 I was much taller than the other kids, my pants were frequently to short as a result and I was skinny as a string bean.  All the boys called me “lanky” (and not a few of the girls).  I don’t look back at the few pics of me then and think “blossoming young lady”…..I think, “Ugh!  Too tall, awkward and gawky!”

Those years between 10 and 12 can be tough.  We aren’t cute little babies anymore, nor toddlers running around exploring everything new and we don’t yet have the privilege or excitement of our teenage years.  We are most definitely in the awkward trying to figure out ourselves stage. Perhaps you can relate and have a few photos from your “tween” days that reflect that same thing.

Tweens are often overlooked and forgotten when it comes to portraits.  Oh sure, you’ve got the school pictures, but if there are anything like mine then they show a cheesy grin, uncombed hair and big “deer in the headlight” eyes.

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I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit middle school.

Which is why I’m starting the “Who I am.” project.  A photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre­teens. The main goal is to help pre­teens appreciate how beautiful they are and be confident in who they are.

Who we’re looking for:
We are looking for female models for our photography project, ages 10­ to 12 (yes, boys can participate too, it is just that most won’t want to.  If yours does – terrific!). We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

Why “Who I am”?
We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their
childhood before they become young ladies (or men) . We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit middle school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image.

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How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please e­mail or call us by Sunday, February 28th if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in­-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a $200 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your daughter’s spirit and soul!  After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter (or son).

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BFF Portraits in Downtown Tiburon

In January I decided to begin offering a new type of session geared specifically for kids (read mostly girls) between 9 and 13.  The age more commonly know as “tweens”.  So, I contacted a former client, asked if she would like to round up a few good friends and meet me in downtown Tiburon for my newly minted be-Tween sessions. The result was getting to spend a couple of hours playing with and shooting 4 of the coolest “tweens” I’ve met.

Alex, Sofia, Coco and Abby met me downtown and from there we drove to Paradise Cove Beach. This is a pretty big park/beach with plenty of areas for us to use as fun backdrops.  We started off on the pier soaking up the gorgeous afternoon light and enjoying the view of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge.


Then we walked over to the cool wood stairs where there was a series of shots getting the girls to walk down the steps, while dancing and not falling over.  They managed it like only Tweens can, which is to say much better than I would have!

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The girls were an absolute blast to hang with.  They were tons of fun, laughed easily, helped each other and teased each other and were willing to try most of the poses I asked from them (I will point out that the tree climbing wasn’t my idea……but it was still cool).

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We finished off the shoot back downtown as the sun was setting.  I hope they had as much fun as I did!

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See more Tween Sessions here!

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