• Michelle Baisa

8th Grade Graduation Photos: Beauty Shoots Without a Major Makeover

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful wrist corsage. She was intended to be worn to an 8th grade ball, presented by a daddy to his fair princess. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of helping the princess to get all dressed up and inviting her friends over to participate in a fun photoshoot,

the flowers were forgotten, left to sit in the cold of the fridge. It was a very sad parenting fail.

The fair princess was in love with those flowers, though, and she didn't want them to go to waste. Her queen mother asked if she would like to do a little diy project, dismantle the wrist corsage, and take some 8th grade graduation photos with the flowers in her hair. Excitedly, the fair princess agreed to the plan. Feverishly, the two worked until her hair was just right. They traveled to a nearby scenic location and put those flowers to good use.

Okay, okay. So I'm not the most magical storyteller. I'm not even certain where I planned on that tale ending! Where it leads me to, though, is a seemingly disconnected (but not really) part 2 of this post: beauty shoots without a major makeover.

My daughter isn't the most fond of makeup. I mean, I was able to convince her to get a little fancy for the dance (or, ahem, "the ball"), but, in general, makeup isn't really her "jam." That didn't stop her from looking beautiful for this shoot, though. She actually wore nothing on her face at all... because it's not always the makeup that makes one feel beautiful (and let's be serious... she's 14. Her skin is pretty flawless anyway). In her case, she is obsessed with doing her nails and enjoys having her hair worked on. Different kinds of pampering that lead to the same end result of feeling awesome.

Why do I bring this up? Having a makeover before a beauty session isn't necessarily going to lead to heavy eye makeup, rosy cheeks and red lips (unless, of course, that's the look we're going for!). It can just as easily result in the most natural styling. The goal is to make you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful. And if we're talking about a shoot with your young daughter and you're afraid we'll go overboard with the makeup, please let these images of my own be an encouragement to you! I'm a believer that natural = beautiful, too. <3

Until Next Time,

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