It’s a frequent truth, oft repeated in books and movies, that the master often becomes the student and the pupil becomes the teacher. I frequently feel that way with my amazing group of teen girls that I work with through Teen Identity. Our vision is to guide them toward finding their voice, unleashing their true beauty and embracing the amazing power they each possess inside. Yet, why is it that just as often I am inspired by their confidence and courage in the face of peer pressure and the reality that they live in each day? They are my heroes and I am honored to be part of their lives that shine so bright.
This week we get to celebrate each of the girls we work with at our Teen Identity Model Extravaganza. It’s an event we plan for six months… a chance to celebrate the girls who have been part of our team and participated in meetings, photo shoots, video shoots, and events. They’ve given back to the community at charity events, gained confidence in front of the camera, both photo and video, and they’ve shared their passion with their friends and family.
One of the very first activities we have them do as our media and model team is to take part in a traditional photo shoot of model headshots. However, I ask them to leave their inhibitions at the door and just be themselves. Of course I’m asking this at the beginning when they hardly know me and they certainly don’t know most of the other girls on the team. It’s a tall order, I know, but I also know they are more than capable.
Just take a look at the images in this video… their “test” shots and you’ll see that the song I selected to highlight these images is perfect… the title is “Let Me Be Me.” These girls took that to a whole new level as they let themselves be free in front of the camera and just enjoy who they are in this moment in their lives.
Please enjoy this brief glimpse into their hearts…