What is an I AM project?

Tween: an uncomfortable age between 10 and 14 when hormones, angst and growing shoe size push all loved ones to the edge of reason.
I am smack in the middle of raising teenagers AND I distinctly remember the years of adjustment they are dealing with. It was probably some of my more difficult years… a new school with a new bully calling me names. I had one person in Science class to talk with and no one at lunch. I was (except for the bully) invisible and alone. Then my older sister came back home and through her encouragement, reminded me who I am.
The projects are a collection of 20 strong, beautiful portraits of your child presented alongside the unexpected addition of quotes from their favorite people. Each recipient of an I Am project is given a treasure. Your child will have the chance to see their strength in image and read of their goodness from those they love the most. These projects stand as a reminder of their strength, resilience, value, connection and importance to their family and friends.

“The I am project is one of my daughter Paige’s most prized possessions. “

-Kelly Pisciotta

Who is this for…

I mostly photograph people between 10 and 18 years old. But I have had numerous requests for projects for moms, dads and grandparents. I Am projects are for anyone who could use a reminder of who they are and how many have been lifted by their presence.

“It’s embarrassing, but it would save me some days to have a book of flattering pics of myself, looking strong or beautiful or interesting, with some quotes from other people to bolster me.”

-Andi Howell

My kid really needs this but…

Many of the kids I photograph need a boost that an I Am project can give. But let’s be real here, most people aren’t very excited to be photographed. And if a teenager hears that people are writing things about them… no way! No one wants to ask people to praise them and often it feels like asking if an I Am project is accepted. Some kids love the attention and the opportunity to be a model for the arvo. But, like most of us, being in front of the camera and having people tell us how awesome we are is sometimes difficult. Especially for our struggling kids. To get my own kids to participate I asked them to do it for me, for my Mother’s Day gift.

“Getting Sebastian to you was tricky. He hates his photo taken.
I told him it was for me and used that emotional pull to get him there.
I knew when he got there that you would be awesome with him AND you were….
You were just so inviting and made Sebastian feel comfortable. 
I can’t think of anyone else who could have gotten him
to agree to photos, let alone to different poses
and even a smile.”

-Kerrie Maloney