Posted on February 10, 2019
It was a warm summer evening when I had the honor of meeting Lydia and her family in Historic Yorktown, Virginia to photograph her as the runner-up for the Beauty Revived “50 Beautiful Children” campaign. The Beauty Revived organization emphasizes and promotes the inner beauty of children, teens, and women.
Lydia is a beautiful, sweet gal who truly shines. It wasn’t her external beauty, however, that motivated Sharon, a family friend, to nominate her for the “50 Beautiful Children” campaign. When asked “What makes this child truly beautiful?”, Sharon wrote: “Lydia is truly beautiful in appearance, but her heart is what is most beautiful. She is a young teenager but she doesn’t seem to be swayed in the ways that most teen girls are. There is a purity about her. She loves God deeply and steps into moments that reflect His love and affirmation of her God given gifts and talents. She also has a strong confidence about her, willing to step into the hard things. She also loves people with depth, a beautiful thing for a young woman her age.”
The inner strength and faith of Lydia is inspiring. She has a heart for others that manifests in a maturity beyond her years. As an elementary school student she and her sister sold lemonade to raise money for poor children in Haiti. As a teen, she has become a Bible study leader for her peers- the youngest one last summer, in fact.
It isn’t always easy to be a leader. Leadership can often mean standing on your own two feet even when you are the only one standing. Sometimes it means walking alone because you took a stand for doing what is right. It takes courage, and Lydia most definitely has this beautiful quality.
Posted on September 19, 2016
It was such a treat to photograph these two awesome people! This session was unique in that we featured Senior siblings. I especially enjoyed getting to know them as we walked around Yorktown, hearing about their dreams for the future and their favorite pastimes. The session was detailed with several outfits, including a very sharp looking band uniform. They looked amazing! We started out their session at the Nelson House, moved to the gardens next to the Nelson House, and then walked down to the beach. (They were such troopers!)
A student’s Senior year is full of joy and excitement for the future as he/she transitions into adult life. It was an honor to capture this moment in time for these young adults, and I know that they will both have a very successful Senior year and beyond.