Why I Photograph Teens?
by Mandy Lee
I am on a mission!
I would love to show every teenage girl that she doesn’t need to change who she is so she can be like other girls. She just needs to be herself! Unfortunately, I can’t change the way every girl sees herself but I can do my best to help as many girls as I can.
I only wish that I had been given that opportunity when I was young.
Unfortunately for me I was not one of the popular girls. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough. Terribly self critical I saw myself as too fat, not pretty enough and I honestly couldn’t see anything positive about the girl I was and for that reason I never had many friends.
I compared everything about myself to other girls and came to the conclusion that I just wasn’t good enough. I grew up having no confidence at all.
Looking back on my teenage years I can still vividly remember those feelings and it can bring tears to my eyes all these years later.
To be honest, those insecurities are still with me today, though not as bad. With age I believe we slowly learn to accept who we are and how we look, but it doesn’t mean we forget how we felt as a teenage girl growing up with all that uncertainty and self doubt.
Perhaps as you read my story, it may remind you a little of your own childhood. It may also reflect what your daughter is experiencing…right now.
We can’t go back and change our past but we can show our precious girls they are indeed beautiful, and just as good as any of the girls they are comparing themselves to.
Image how your daughter’s life will be if she is given the opportunity to see herself in a positive way while she is young. Imagine her having the confidence to chase after her dreams and live a life full of happiness, love and freedom to do the things she dreams of.
My goal with every teen girl I photograph is for her to walk out of my studio feeling empowered and confident. I want her to have photographs of herself as a constant reminder that she can be strong and confident to live her life and chase after her dreams without a lack of confidence stopping her from reaching her full potential. I want her to know she is perfect just the way she is right now! I want her to be excited about life and learn to love and accept who she is.
When I receive testimonials from clients like Amy’s below, it enforces that what I do is making a huge difference in our girls lives.
“My two girls had the opportunity to have a photo shoot with Mandy and what an experience it was!
They couldn’t have loved it more!
From picking outfits, styling, hair and make up to the photo shoot. Mandy guided the whole process, made it age appropriate and a whole lot of fun.
The photos are absolutely stunning.
The girls started the year on a high and full of confidence. It’s an experience they will never forget.
Thank you Mandy 💕” – Amy (Mum of Zoe and Elly)