“Did I not exist as a tween?" I think to myself as I flip the pages of an old photo album at my parents’ house. One of the few pictures I can find of me as a preteen is my seventh grade school photo. You know the one I’m talking about: that classic head and shoulders shot with the cheesy grin. The one where I somehow thought it was cool to pair one of my Dad’s old golf shirts with a yin-yang choker and I look like I desperately need to be introduced to a hairbrush. Ah sweet innocence.

Babies are adorable, all pink skinned and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and they do the darnedest things. And no one goes off to the first day of kindergarten without a picture. But often, those tween ages are the lost years.  The years we spend running away from the camera instead of letting it show the wonderful people we are already becoming. At ages 9-12, kids aren't children anymore but aren't quite teens, and they're not sure if the things that are unique about them make them cool or just plain weird.

I'm making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful - both inside and out - and have unshakable confidence in themselves before they hit high school.  We want tweens to see that their unique qualities make them the amazing individuals they are.

In comes the “WHO I AM" project:

We are starting the “WHO I AM" photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens. The main goal is to make pre-teens look and feel special and have confidence in who they are.

Who we're looking for:

We are looking for female and female-identifying models for our photography project, ages 9-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create a seriously impactful piece of art.

Why “WHO I AM"?

We want to capture the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young women. We want them to realize their true specialness and beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit their most difficult years. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image.

How to participate or nominate a friend:

Sign-ups for 2017 are open!  Please enter your contact information below to hear about how you can register your tween for this amazing, empowerment photography experience.  

The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a $200 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you'll love and that truly show your tween's spirit and soul!  Many people like to use these photos as birthday or Mother's Day gifts. Our studio portrait collections start at $325.

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The Who I Am project is an empowering photographic experience for preteen girls and their families. Created by MT photographer Lisa Edwards, it is being recreated for the Durham community with her kind permission.