Cincinnati photographer Thomas Nguyen recently started a movement meant to empower young women, to portray them as they are, beautifully free of makeup and unrestrained from the social media pressures of perceived perfection. Thomas's project opened avenues of communication with his young models. They freely discussed not only what beauty is to them, but also had discussions about the pressures of becoming a woman in our social media society.
Thomas saw the enormity of Project Beauty when photographers from across the country began asking for information on how to launch their own Project Beauty programs. I am one of those very interested photographers. Thomas has taken the time to lay out a set of loose guidelines to aid other photographers in their Project Beauty journeys. I hope you will follow along on mine.
Our Project Beauty is scheduled for June 23 and June 24. We have time slots for nearly 40 girls!!! The shoots will take place in a warehouse space in downtown Marietta. Each girl will have a fifteen minute professional photo shoot and will receive 5 digital black and white images when the project is complete. I'm confident the five digital images will be the absolute least each girl will take away from their day. Those images are meant to be a first step toward their development of self confidence and personal pride.
Most participating photographers are focusing on high-school aged girls. As senior photographers, those are the girls they have as clients. Our Project Beauty will include girls entering the seventh grade through girls entering their senior year of college. We hope to have future Project Beauty shoots which will feature more mature women, as well as mothers and daughters. We've all felt unsure of ourselves at some point and my hope is, by casting our net a bit wider, our girls will see what empowerment looks like at all ages.
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MoniKeri Imaging Project Beauty 2017 was absolutely free to all participants. All Project Beauty participants were honored guests at the MoniKeri Imaging Project Beauty Gallery Show on July 21, 2017.
Tickets purchased to the Gallery Show benefitted The Bauer Fund, a non-profit established by local resident and Marietta College Professor Bill Bauer. Mr Bauer established the Bauer Fund in memory of his son Grant who took his own life at 25. The Bauer Fund distributes "Grants" during Grant's birthday week in September and they're to be used for promotion, prevention and/or research in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention, mental health issues, and or program development for people with intellectual disabilities.
Our total donation to The Bauer Fund from our Project Beauty 2017 was $1200.
If you're interested in participating in future Project Beauty events, please fill out the contact form below. You will receive an email detailing the scheduled date, as well as available times.