I am so pleased to announce that we have set a date for a little project that has been in the works for the past 4 months.  Calls and emails have taken place across the nation to discuss exactly how we can make this project amazing and I think we are on the verge of amazingness!!  We just need 15 beautiful girls to join us!

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On September 15 and 16th of this year the 15 girls that will be chosen in the next 10 days will come together with The Mighty Acorn Foundation along side Changing the Face of Beauty and represent the way advertising should look.  Times are changing folks.  The world wants to see themselves represented in print and digital media.  We are no longer ignoring people who might be considered different.

I am so excited to be photographing this project.  Every time I am part of a project like this I feel just a little closer to change.  A little closer to a world where all my kids are seen all the time.  That has always been the goal and when images are created with children loving on a moment together, well….. it is magical.

The Mighty Acorn Foundation is the perfect organization to communicate change because their mission is to restore hearts, ignite dreams and empower the futures of children across the world.  They are already on the road to doing just that with their work in supporting an orphanage in Kitale, Kenya and their most recent gift to a local girl from Chicago by giving her family a handicap accessible van so that she can travel comfortably.  This project is just one more step in empowering futures for my child and yours.

So here are the details!  The shoot will be in Palos Park, IL on September 15th and 16th and the participating child must be local or have a way to get here.  This project will specifically be working with girls ages 3-9.  To be considered you must include a picture as well as size information and age along with a detailed 2 paragraph summary of your childs story.  We hope to represent as many ethnicities, abilities as well as backgrounds as possible so please tell us why your child would be the perfect little girl to represent this message of inclusion in advertising.  You can send all that information to katie@changingthefaceofbeauty.org

So lets do it!  Lets change the perceptions of what beauty is along side designers like Matilda Jane Clothing, Persnickety Clothing Company, Livie & Luca and many others!

I can’t wait to see all the beautiful smiles coming our way!

Meanwhile my mind is spinning, twirling, flip flopping with a cartwheel or two about this project.  So much to think about and plan.   In the midst of a whole lot of brainstorming these are the things that are giving me inspiration.

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Shopping trips at craft stores.

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Crafting with my kids, something I haven’t done for a really long time.

4Q3B1562 copyBreakfast on the back porch on a dreary Michigan morning.

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More to come soon!  Happy Summer Memories. OX