The Glama Project - Mother's Day Special
Yesterday, I had the incredible opportunity to work with "The Glama Project". The Glama Project is a volenteer program founded by Callie Ahern. In a nutshell, volunteers provide the senior community with a glamor day, to capture their beauty and listen to their stories.
"The Glama Project aims to prove 'age is just a number" while celebrating the beauty and wisdom it beholds one complementary senior makeover & photoshoot at a time!"
Callie was the makeup artist yesterday and got the "Glamas" ready for the shoot, picking fun and bold colors to really make them get excited about things. Many of these women who we work with hadn't gotten this dressed up in DECADES, and are giddy on how beautiful they are looking! Callie has such an pure heart and really really cares for these women who sit in her chair. She answers all their questions about makeup, from the latest trends and how to contour properly. One of the best parts of the whole day was listening to all of the women's life stories, their fantastic advice for us and their overall joy they had seeing themselves all done up.
During the shoot, I couldn't help but give the ladies a sneak peak on how they looked from the back of my camera. This was my first time doing any type of indoor headshots, but these ladies were just radiant in the photos. When it all comes down to it, that is where I find joy in photography, being able to capture memories and showing people their true beauty. When I sat down to view these pictures on my computer, I was overcome with emotion on how beautiful all these women are. I didn't edit a thing. Yes, they have wrinkles. Yes, their bodies are older and maybe can't move as they used to. But their eyes and hands and smiles tell a story.
“I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.” - Marjorie Pay Hinckley
To me, true beauty comes from a life full of service, sacrifice and love.
While photographing these women, I couldn't help but think of their lives, what they have experienced in their lifetime and what the future holds. Spending time with elderly is always a humbling experience. First off, they are so humble themselves. They list off incredible accomplishments as if they were telling us their grocery list. They also have such a calmness about them, its evident what is truly important to them.
Doing this shoot the day before Mothers Day seemed so fitting. My own mother is like a rock to me, has supported me and done everything she could to provide a wonderful life for me. A mother is someone who serves and loves continuously without asking for anything back. I believe in celebrating this day not only for Mothers, but for all women. There have been many women in my life who have influenced me tremendously. While Callie and I spent the day serving these women, we were blessed ourselves just by being in their presence. I learned about grace, kindness, hard work and so much more from them. I believe that no matter who you are, you have the power to impact the world and others around you, I know that these women have changed the lives of many by their selfless love and devotion.
Thanks again to The Glama Project for including me! I had such a blast and can't wait to do it again!