A Self Love Experience
Victorville California Senior Picture Photographer
Project Beauty 360
is a national Senior Photographer’s Project involving photographer’s from all across the United States. Project Beauty was created to show teenage girls that they do not have to be perfect. To show them they are uniquely individual and beautiful in their own natural ways. To celebrate their raw beauty and promote self love.
This project celebrates each individual by having a photo session with each girl, no make up, no retouching and no editing to retouch was done other than to convert the images from color to black & white, no filters, no fluff to change up the girls appearance or unique features. The girls were amazingly brave and courageous to be a part of this very first Project Beauty in our area. Image putting yourself out there in unknown territory. Being the first to set the bar, to blaze the trail for others to follow.
I am incredible proud of these girls for being the 1st!
California Senior Photographer
Illinois Senior Photographer
Project Beauty 2020 At Sharon Wallace Photography
This year was the first annual “Project Beauty” to be held by Sharon Wallace Photography. The event was held in the Victorville, California studio. Here at Sharon Wallace Photography, we hope these brave young women inspire you to step out of the box society places on you, and to explore and experience self love.
As a Senior Photographer who photographs teens, it is important that we help to support a healthy vision of what being a teenager is, to celebrate the unique beauty there is everyone and to help our teens understand the pressures and imagery put forth in social media and in our society. We can all do our part to support teens. This Project is all about empowering our youth to be self accepting. Thanks for supporting our local teens! Feel Free to show them some love and support by leaving a comment here on the blog.
Quotes from the girls!
“The Project Beauty Experience was rally cool. It was scary at first to put myself out there but I had an amazing time!”
“I usually don’t like going out in public without makeup, especially without putting eyebrows on. I’m always insecure about having no eyebrows. But, when I saw the photos of me with out any makeup on or eyebrows, I’m not as insecure about it now as I was before.”
Sharon Wallace Photography hopes to grow Project Beauty each year and support many more teens in celebrating their own individual unique qualities. This experience is unlike any other. The teens all had positive reactions and we hope to spread this celebration of self love in the future.
Photographers Why Should you Collaborate with
Two heads are better than one!
Well, collaborating with another local business mind let’s you work together with your clients to cross refer, connect, build new partnerships with other creatives and reach a larger audience together. This can be such a fun way for photographers who frequently work solo to network and communicate with other local business owners on a regular basis, be a part of the community, and feel and be connected locally to you market.
Think outside your industry…
Photographers might naturally look to florists, caterers, venue owners for first collaboration partners, but don’t forget to get creative. Newborn photographers might look to OB/GYN offices, Senior photographers to Orthodontists, or Glamour photographers to Make-up artists.
Some collaboration ideas
– Shoot an event to drive traffic to your website. This might be a local charity event you shoot for annually, or an event that reaches your target market. For example, Senior photographers could shoot a high school prom or sports event and send those teens to your blog to retrieve or just look at all the images from the night.
– Volunteer to do some promotional images for another local business, a boutique, spa, salon, or even a business way outside your market, a local restaurant, coffee shop, or industry.
– Offer to do some complimentary headshots for that local wedding vendor to get a spot on their preferred vendor list.
– Provide some high quality social media images for a fun event, holiday or community celebration, again to drive traffic back to your webpage.
– Offer your expertise in styling or web building….
– Offer a mini how to pose for the camera to a local business group
– Be a speaker to a local moms group & talk about how to get better pics of the kids
The ideas are endless….don’t forget this is about building lasting relationships that benefit both businesses. Nurture these collaborations once you develop them. Stay in touch while remembering that these business owners are just as busy as you are and while they may not have time to connect in person frequently, you do need to stay on their minds……….Simple low cost ideas for connecting and maintaining those business relationships can be as easy as taking them a morning treat or midday snack and dropping it off with a quick note.
Plan with Intent
Be organized and plan your networking ideas out. It is helpful to look at a year, a quarter or even a month and spread out you ideas. Plan to connect to one new business every quarter, and nurture your current partners every month. This way you can plot your key marketing time out and distribute it evenly so that you are driving traffic to your own business throughout the year, or targeting your slow times as well as maintains any relationships you have started.
Partnerships and collaborations need to be a win win for both partners. Cross promoting, shared expenses on materials or promotional items, or spaces, even bartering for services can work but if the collaboration is one sided it is not going to work. One party will end up feeling used and then the relationship will go sour. Once you find the perfect business collaboration, you can make it official or not but setting some guidelines helps in some situations. For example, if you approach the doctors office and decide to take images in, where will they be displayed, who pays for them, how long will they be displayed, will they distribute collateral materials for you, what if an image gets damaged…who will replace it…. ? Some collaborations will remain rather informal and that works too but some need to be a bit more formal.
My Recent Collaboration
I recently began a collaboration with a local boutique and I will feature them on another future blog. Stardust Boutique is a local clothing store. Here are a few images from the shoot we did a few days ago which we will use to build collateral marketing materials. I am looking forward to a long and mutually prosperous relationship!
I hope this has given you some usable ideas or simple got you thinking about your marketing plan and how you can incorporate collaboration with other businesses into your business.
High School Graduates 2020!
I would like to extend a complimentary (free) Cap & Gown Session to any of you ACE HS Amazing Graduates who would like to come on over to my Studio in Victorville & spend about 30min. or so with me to grab some images in your Cap & Gowns!
Just message me to set up a time during the next 2 weeks!
Southern California is Graduating Seniors in Helendale with style! Friday night was a drive through Graduation ceremony for the ACE HS 2020 graduates! A great time complete with all of the usual speeches. The Graduates & their families lined up in the parking lot while the ceremony was broadcast on the radio FM 91.3. The wind was a brisk 22 miles per hour or so which challenged the tassels, hair, podium & plants on the stage! Following the graduation ceremony was a parade through Silver Wood Lakes led by the local Fire department. This Southern California graduating class was pretty amazing with the stats despite social distancing and online learning the last couple of months of the year. Congratulations Class of 2020!
Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too
While you all are waiting for the Gallery – here are the images in a video slideshow that uploaded to my You Tube Channel a bit faster than the gallery here!
Gallery of Classmates
It was so much fun capturing your Graduation! See all of your images here. Note your number on your image for orders.
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Thank you all so much for sharing the day!
Epic Senior Cinematic Film
Southern California Sand dunes made the amazing backdrop for the Cinematic Film Session for this Southern California Senior! I am so excited to share these images of this amazingly talented and smart Senior later this week! But first, check out her epic Senior Cinematic Film!
Here is the Cinematic Film!
I will share the images in a separate blog post later this week so check back soon!
If you want to star in your own Cinematic Senior Film, just connect with me through my contact page!
Let me know where your dream Cinematic Photography Experience would be by commenting!