Once there was a daughter whose father was a storyteller. When she was a girl, he would tell a story she loved, over and over. The uncertain, growing-up girl held onto the reassuring certainty of it, memorized it and, over time, began to believe it.
This was the story: My dear daughter, who you are is beautiful.
As you might imagine, this story mattered a lot in her life. Many years later, after she'd grown into a much bigger girl, she was able to look back and see how much it changed her life. She realized, in fact, that the story had served as a guiding light, her entire life.
At Dear Daughter Studio, this is the experience we help you give your daughter. We use photography to provide a meaningful and memorable way for you to give your daughter the gift of hearing that who you are is just right. We capture your daughter’s unique personality and spirit, turning her beauty inside out, to help you help her get the message: that she’s perfect just the way she is.
Whether she’s two, six or sixteen, it's a timeless story–one that’s never too early or too late to start telling. It’s a story that will make a lasting impact.
Sadly, a girl's self-esteem can start to plummet around age 9.* It's not surprising when you consider all the messages working overtime to tell her that she’s not enough–not smart enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not cool enough: simply not enough of anything.
As a parent you already know the importance of countering those messages and you’re already working hard to do that. But it’s not easy and sometimes you wish you could be more certain that she’s getting your message. We know firsthand you can have the louder voice, and this photography experience will be one of the ways you do it.
This experience isn’t just about pretty pictures: it’s about something much more significant. We work together to provide an empowering experience for your daughter, one where you’re able to communicate with her in a way that she’ll not only see (portraits) but also hear (affirming messages). The entire experience is about looking a little deeper and articulating your daughter’s individuality, determining how you can build her up, and communicating those important things to her in a way that she will understand and internalize. It’s an experience that will matter for a lifetime.
*Source: Anita Gurian, Ph.D., NYU Child Study Center
This isn't your average photo session. At Dear Daughter Studio, we dig a little deeper and the result is an unforgettable experience where you and your daughter are our top priority. Here’s what you can expect.
INTRO MEETING. We start with a brief in-person meeting to plan your upcoming photo experience. What makes Dear Daughter Studio unique is that the goal is always something more than just beautiful photos. We’ll talk about what you want your daughter to know about herself–the things that keep you up at night wondering, “Does she know she’s ____?” If you’re concerned you can’t put into words exactly what you want to say, that’s okay. We’ll be prepared on our side with questions to make it easy for us to get the answers we need. We'll guide the conversation and by the time our coffee cups are dry, we’ll know exactly what we need to know.
THE PHOTO SHOOT. Whether she's six or 16, we’ll ensure on the day of the shoot that she’s relaxed, has fun and feels like it’s all about her. Because for today, it is. At the session, we work with your daughter to capture portraits that reinforce your messages (the ones we discussed at the pre-session meeting.) For example, if you said you want to emphasize that she is strong, smart and unique, we're guiding the experience to capture photos that reinforce those messages. To her, it’s a fun session that feels natural and uncontrived. The end-result is portraits she loves combined with empowering messages that bolster her confidence for years to come.
THE PHOTO REVEAL. Approximately 1-2 weeks later, we’ll meet again for the reveal of your final images (usually 25-30). This is where you’ll select and pay for the images and products you love. This is also where we often hear daughters say things like "I can't believe that's me" and "I just love the look in my eyes in that photo" and "I didn't know I could look like that." It's one of our very favorite parts of the experience.