This is behind-the-scenes footage and final images of a Fearless Spirit Model Crew session taken at Storybook Studios in Virginia. This "Shattered" theme was inspired by the thought of "Shattering" the perception of what a "model" should be. Teens struggle with their confidence in middle school, due to bullying.
Since our high school Senior Portraits have changed the self-confidence of so many seniors, we felt compelled to create the Fearless Spirit Project. These special sessions are designed to boost their self-esteem and self-worth prove to them how uniquely beautiful they are.
This video is one year later after my first Fearless Spirit Model Crew started. We concentrated on teaching these girls to be proud of who they were, even if others ridiculed them for it.
Amber (striped piano photo) was joked for being too tall...so, I made her even taller in these portraits.
Victoria (green outfit) was called "Good girl in a bad way" (Goody-Goody), so I made her look strong and powerful.
I photographed them, in front of hundreds of people, at a carnival. They weren't scared and not one of them cared what people thought of them. They came SO far. To stand up with their head held high and proud of all of the quirks and scars and ALL of things about them that had been ridiculed before. They OWNED it!
Fun session with headdresses.
This idea was born from one of our Fearless Spirit Model Crew Sessions...where I'm usually up until 2:00 a.m. the night before, creating whatever hair-brain idea I have for them. Originally called, "Step Outside the Frame", the idea came from a mixture of ideas. Old-world masterpiece paintings, modern 3-D art, wanting to teach them to think "outside of the box" of what art can be...and a wish to show these girls that THEY are the masterpiece.
I cut up pieces of canvas and used a pour technique with different acrylic paints to create 8 different "dresses". I let them (mostly) dry overnight and I made them into dresses when the girls got there in the morning. Therefore, making the girls into the pieces of art. The last one in the video is actually made out of a tutu and a dress made from tulle fabric. We placed them into my contraption that I made that would eventually look like a floating frame.
This Fearless Spirit Model Crew Session was about Triple Exposures, done in-camera. No Photoshop was used to produce the images. The 3 images were taken in consecutive order and combined inside the camera. It was fitting because they can't "Sit Still" anyway! ;) This model crew cracks me up!
Light painting (painting with light) is a photographic technique of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph. This portrait was done using a Pixelstick, which has 200 programmable LED lights.
No makeup...just mirrors for them to see how truly beautiful they are.
Light painting with fiber optics
This was the very first Fearless Spirit Model Crew Session. We focused on what bullies had called them in the past. We wrote those words on their bodies. We also put a (temporary) tattoo on them of a word or phrase that had a strong meaning to them. I simply photographed them, showing their true beauty and strength. At the end, we had them erase the word that they were bullied with...with just the strong phrase remaining on them.