I "wear lots of hats", as the saying goes. I am, first and foremost, a wife and a mother. My friendships are very important to me, and I spend a lot of time cultivating those friendships. I am a dedicated and passionate photographer. I also have the privilege of working with an outstanding group of young women at my church. These girls are kind and happy. They possess virtue and cleanliness. Each of them has a deep and solid understanding of who they are and why they're here. They are independent and strong, yet they work together to serve others and make changes for good in this world. It does my heart much good knowing that these are the leaders of the future.

It's no secret that there are pressures and expectations placed on women, and even more on young girls, to look and behave a certain way. If we're not all 5'10'' with perfect hair and perfect complexions and perfect teeth and perfect clothes, weighing in at a measly 105 lbs., we're not quite good enough. Isn't that right? Isn't that.... wrong? How horrific it is that children, as young as five and six years old are focusing on looks and weight! I'm absolutely in love with the Dove Campaign and all that it stands for- that women are unique and individual and beautiful in all of their shapes and colors and sizes.

We, as the leaders of this amazing group of young women, have been increasingly aware and concerned about our girls and the pressures that they face. We decided that we needed them to know how beautiful they are- in all of their varieties- inside and out. We have had a few activities this summer focusing on wellness and health, finishing them off with a mini-photoshoot. I look at these pictures and I see a glow in these girls that I hope they can see for themselves. I have high hopes for each of them- the biggest being that they will always know how beautiful each one is, and how much she is loved.

Some people might say that I'm their teacher. Not so.... THEY are the ones who teach ME, every single week.


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I "wear lots of hats", as the saying goes. I am, first and foremost, a wife and a mother. My friendships are very important to me, and I spend a lot of time cultivating those friendships. I am a dedicated and passionate photographer. I also have the privilege of working with an outstanding group of young women at my church. These girls are kind and happy. They possess virtue and cleanliness. Each of them has a deep and solid understanding of who they are and why they're here. They are independent and strong, yet they work together to serve others and make changes for good in this world. It does my heart much good knowing that these are the leaders of the future.

It's no secret that there are pressures and expectations placed on women, and even more on young girls, to look and behave a certain way. If we're not all 5'10'' with perfect hair and perfect complexions and perfect teeth and perfect clothes, weighing in at a measly 105 lbs., we're not quite good enough. Isn't that right? Isn't that.... wrong? How horrific it is that children, as young as five and six years old are focusing on looks and weight! I'm absolutely in love with the Dove Campaign and all that it stands for- that women are unique and individual and beautiful in all of their shapes and colors and sizes.

We, as the leaders of this amazing group of young women, have been increasingly aware and concerned about our girls and the pressures that they face. We decided that we needed them to know how beautiful they are- in all of their varieties- inside and out. We have had a few activities this summer focusing on wellness and health, finishing them off with a mini-photoshoot. I look at these pictures and I see a glow in these girls that I hope they can see for themselves. I have high hopes for each of them- the biggest being that they will always know how beautiful each one is, and how much she is loved.

Some people might say that I'm their teacher. Not so.... THEY are the ones who teach ME, every single week.


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Comments
Kori says:

Such beautiful girls! I love it!

(07.07.11 @ 01:57 PM)
Stacie says:

Love those girls...and the photos, of course! Rachel, you are amazing!

(07.07.11 @ 02:13 PM)
Marni says:

How fun!!! they are all such cute girls with amazing personalities :o)

(07.08.11 @ 12:10 PM)
Lindsey says:

Beautiful girls!

(07.09.11 @ 08:58 AM)