It is often my job to photograph women. I photograph them in many contexts – with their fiancés, surrounded by their families, on their wedding days, or being brave in lingerie. I hear over and over again that women do not love being in front of the camera. They tell me the ways they want me to change how they look or hide their “flaws” when I photograph them. They confess to me what they don’t love about themselves as they also reveal their anxiety about being photographed alone. They hide behind other family members, wanting to be in the picture but just not sure how to be there. And I get it. I really do. I understand these feelings. I tried my hardest not to over-think being in front of the camera in the above picture… which I had David take because hello, I am trying to practice what I preach!
We are so vulnerable when we are photographed alone. There is no one else to hide behind. But my goodness, it is thrilling to watch a woman feel comfortable in front of the camera and a gift to see a woman love an image of herself. I want you to have a photograph of yourself to give to your family. I want you to have a photograph of yourself for the generations to come after you to know who you are. I want to you to have a photograph of yourself for you. Because you, your story, is important.
In taking the time to have your portrait made on April 9, 2015, you are also taking the time to help other women through InterAct of Wake County. I can’t phrase this any better than their website – “InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community.” You are empowering yourself while empowering another woman. We are each other’s community, whether we have met or not. Through this event I want you to see your beautiful self in this image – I will take your picture and you will be emailed a copy to use however you would like. In exchange for taking your picture and sharing it with you, I am asking that you donate a minimum of $30 and/or a minimum of 6 items off the current needs list (see below). InterAct will accept cash or checks made out to “InterAct”. I want to help the women that InterAct serves to be seen as well by shedding light on their needs and their stories. We encourage you to give generously (and scoff at how low I’ve set the donation minimum)! It is important to be truly seen – by yourself and others.
Please join me at the Merrimon-Wynne House on Thursday April 9, 2015 starting at 6:30 and ending around 9:00pm to have your picture made. We have some amazing sponsors who will be providing refreshments while you relax and makeup touch-up before you get in front of the camera. Space is limited, so RSVP today to let me know you (and the ladies you are bringing with you) will be there to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An event like this can not be done alone. I am beyond thrilled at these amazing people that are partnering with me to see this event come to life. These vendors are not only awesome at their jobs, they are truly wonderful people. I would like to thank our sponsors for being so enthusiastic, giving and amazing to work with (check back to see this list grow):
Here is the list of needed items you can choose from to donate: