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New at KSP: Uniquely Styled Photo Sessions

We are gearing up for something exciting next Spring here at Kate Schwindt Photography. It's a year round program called, Perspectives, and it's for high school students of all ages. We combine uniquely styled photo sessions, mentoring time and social events to create a program that focuses on the whole person, not just who we see in front of the camera.

Earlier this year, for our annual KSP photo project, we brought in high school girls and photographed them with NO MAKEUP. Then we pampered them with professional makeup by Sydni Williams of Swept Away Styling and super cute clothes from a local boutique, Susan Loves William. Then, we took some simple yet beautiful photos of them again. Later, we put together the photos and showed the girls the different images. Our hope is that they didn't see the photos as a BEFORE and AFTER, but that it showed them their natural beauty with no makeup and also made them feel special and seen through the entire experience. 

We were inspired to do more with that photo project, and that's why we created this high school program Perspectives, to do even more for young adults in our community. We want to provide an opportunity for high school students of all ages to see themselves from more than one perspective...with styled photo sessions that reflect who they are or to help build their confidence, to one on one coffee mentor sessions and socials that provide them with the opportunity to give back, connect and celebrate or just have more friends to lean on.

And we can't wait. So, this year, we are working with current clients to create photos that capture emotion and create a story that they want to tell.

First up, we have Justin, who we've known for several years now. He came to us for acting headshots, and we asked if we could create some photos that reflect the amazing musician that he is. Fortunately, he was all for it!

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There is something powerful about a photo that reveals part of who you are. Deeply. From the inside out. That is what we want these styled photo sessions to do for our local high school students. And, for them to have fun...to be creative and show a very unique side of themselves.

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For our next styled session, we combined this girls love of vintage prom dresses with a beautiful carousel location. All day Paige kept saying how cool this was...and she was beaming with huge goofy smiles in between takes. When she saw the finished product she said she felt so pretty. What girl doesn't want to feel that way?

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Lastly, we partnered with this amazing girl, Regan, who we have known since she was in 6th grade. She immediately knew she wanted her session to channel the darling and exquisite, Audrey Hepburn.

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For those who know Regan, know her love of theatre and her amazing talent. A true triple threat, who is as hilarious as she is heartwarming. A classical, strong and witty actress. These photos showed us a stunning and mature young woman.

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We're so grateful to Justin, Paige and Regan, and for all they brought to their sessions! Keep an eye out for more styled photo sessions throughout this school year! Applications for our KSP Perspectives program will be available in the Spring of 2019!!!

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Perspectives...KSP Annual Photo Project

Each year we challenge ourselves to create a photography project for us, to create something fun, something we want to photograph...but it always ends up being something more, something about the community, the subjects...who they are. This year, we focused on only high school girls and young adults here in Highlands Ranch, CO. Everyone had something special to bring to their session. But first, we asked the girls what they struggled with...here is what they had to say...

That's a lot. The struggles they face every day are so overwhelming, teens often say that is the biggest emotional challenge they face...feeling overwhelmed. But today was about making these girls feel special, seen, recognized for who they are. So, we took a series of photos of each girl with no makeup on...to show her natural beauty. It was difficult for some of them for sure, would YOU want your photo taken without makeup? Yet, we felt it was very important to show them how truly beautiful they are, just as they are, without all the makeup other things that cover up their true selves.

Then, we had each girl get pampered with a little makeup, by the amazing Sydni Williams (970.390.8748) and dressed in boutique clothing that Susan Loves William donated for the day! These were not "before and after" pictures. These were taken to show them...perspective. And to help them feel spoiled for just a few moments out of their busy week.

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We also asked the girls what brings them joy...makes them laugh or smile. Here is what they said...

How amazing are these young women?!! Here are the rest of the photos from our project, Perspectives.

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We are so grateful to all of the young women who participated in this year's photo session. We hope for many more opportunities to recognize these girls for all their beauty, strength and bravery.

A special thank you to Lindsay at Fairytale Floral for donating these beautiful flower crowns. And a huge thank you to makeup artist, Sydni Williams, and Susan Hackett from Susan Loves William, for all you did to make these girls feel special!

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Next time, we'll be blogging on our East Coast adventures with the beautiful girl I get to call my niece, Paige!