Gwyn — 2017 Senior

It can be a funny thing, how we meet people and how our lives intertwine over time. When my oldest was in Pre-K, Gwyn's mom was his teacher's assistant, and we just loved having her in his classroom! But even before that, a handful of years earlier, I worked at Sears Portrait Studio (straight out of Photography school). While working there, Jennifer had brought her little ones in for portraits. Fast forward some years, we won't state how many ;) and Jennifer was contacting me to photograph Gwyn for her High School Senior Portraits! We chatted about the experience I offer, and how different it is from what she experienced at Sears. Then we booked her session date!

After emailing back and forth about locations, we settled on this gorgeous victorian house in Hudson Falls, with amazing flower gardens and also the Five Combines just down the road. Not only was I excited to capture this special time in Gwyn's life, but I was just as excited about photographing her at this house. I have admired this house many times as I drive by it, always thinking to myself, "it would be amazing to photograph a session there!" And it was! How gorgeous is Gwyn amid all these flowers?

Half way through her session we headed over to the Five Combines, and oh how I had forgotten just how gorgeous the light is there! Gwyn totally rocked her images, doesn't she look like a fashion model?!

Towards the end of the session, she threw on her softball clothes, put her hair up, and you could just see the comfort radiating from her. This was her. This is where she feels most herself.

Gwyn, I hope you have the most amazing Senior year and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this time in your life and capturing these images.

Sisters — Gianna & Aadilyn

These sweet girls came in for a session and oh how amazing they were to photograph! Miss Gianna is full of personality and so clearly loves her new sister Aadilyn. You can just tell she enjoys helping with her and getting to hold her. 

And she definitely likes to get her picture taken! While Aadilyn took a little break to eat, Gianna played 'model' for me, and she for sure has this gig down.

Miss Aadilyn just might follow in her big sisters footsteps with the posing. Look at those sweet little fingers and baby lips. Grandma loved my elephant hat, so we made sure to grab some images with that for her!

And of course my 'queen' chair. Gianna noticed this the first time they came to the studio, before their session, and loved it. I told her we could definitely give her a 'royal' image in it.

Body Equality

Why is this ok? How is this even still acceptable?

Do you see what I am talking about?

Did you find it? No? Let me enlarge it for you ...

Boys (size) 8-20

Girls (size) 7-16

Girls (size) Plus

Wait.

Those two...TWO....numbers mean that a young, adolescent girl is 'plus' sized, but boys are just 'size 18 or 20'. How is this fair? Better yet, how is this RIGHT?! Why are we still allowing this?

I stood in JC Penney today, and I saw this. I saw this and I was angry. Angry that this is still happening. Angry that we are still allowing this to happen. I was angry enough, that I was this close to walking over there, standing on their display and ripping that 'Girls Plus' sign right down off the ceiling. But I didn't think my family would like me to end up in jail, so instead I took a photo with my cell phone. Instead of ripping that sign down, I'm sharing it with you. You see, if I had just ripped it down, no one else would have known it was there (except for the other customers in the store at that moment).

And it's not just that ceiling sign. It's on their hangers too. (please excuse the blurry cell phone image)

So even if that young girl didn't look up and see that sign, once she picked up that clothing off the rack, she would see it. She would see a hanger that says 'L Plus, XL Plus, XXL Plus'. But do you know what a boy would see when he picked up something off the rack? 'L, XL, XXL'. Why?

Why is this ok? What are we telling our children?

How does that TWO sizes make a girl 'plus' size. Why are we even referring to our children as plus size?! They are still growing. Do you get that? They are still growing. And even once they have finished growing....why is there a difference that we need to label certain sizes as 'plus size'?

So if I had a son and a daughter that wore the same size clothing, when we walked into JC Penny I would tell my son to 'go look in the boys section', but I would have to tell my daughter to 'go look in the girls plus section'? What?

Shame on you JC Penny. Shame on you as a large corporation thinking that this is ok. Shame on your employees, who think that this is ok, who aren't taking a stand. Who aren't refusing to hang these signs. Who aren't sending them back to corporate and saying, this isn't right!

I'm not asking, I'm not pleading, with you JC Penny. I'm calling you out right and demanding you take those signs down. Change those hangers. Create a body equality.