So I was watching The Social Dilemma last night (very interesting, if you haven’t seen it), and it started to get me thinking about a lot of things: mainly about my kids, my business, and my social media habits. The thing that really struck me from the documentary was the issue of the effects social media is having on children, especially preteens and teens. A growing number of them are experiencing increased levels of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem due to the constant feeling of needing to compare themselves to others and seeking approval from peers, among other things. Growing up is hard enough, and now kids have social media thrown at them all day long. It’s just so sad. How do we get out of this spiral? How can I help in my own home and beyond, especially with the mental health of our youth?
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What drives my style of photography is capturing the one-of-a-kind qualities and authentic personalities of all the children I photograph. I believe each child should be valued for their uniqueness and encouraged to be themselves. More importantly, my hope is for when they see photos of themselves displayed at home that they are proud of the person they see. That they know they are loved and appreciated for who they are and that they ARE ENOUGH. Every dimple, freckle, hair, and “imperfection” are not imperfections at all. Every inch of them is beautiful, inside and out. I hope that seeing photos of themselves (without a filter) helps build confidence and self-worth.
The importance of having photos of your children and family in your home and on your walls is much more than just something nice to display. It’s showing our children who they are and where they came from. It’s a way of showing that we are proud of them and want to show them off to the world!
As a community, I hope we can start directing ourselves away from what goes on on social media and focus on what goes on within our own homes.