Posts with tag: "body image"


Hi!  I'm Jen.  Teacher to teen girls.  Dorm mom to teen girls.  Photographer to teen girls.  And Mom to my own teen girl.

My mission is to help moms everywhere learn how to connect with and empower their own teen daughters.

I'm so glad you've joined me here.  I've got lots of great stuff for you!




Five Ways To Promote A Positive Body Image In Your Teen
Five Ways To Promote A Positive Body Image In Your Teen

 My daughter is so beautiful.   She has the most beautiful blue eyes, the eyes I always wanted to have myself, but now love to look at on her.  She has this long, wavy hair- the kind of hair that she doesn’t have to do a thing to. She never blows it dry, never puts product in it.  Heck. she barely ever brushes it! But it’s got the perfect amount of wave and thickness. And it’s this sandy brown color that gets pretty blonde highlights in the summer. My girl is strong, too.  She’s the perfect combination of my husband and me, with strong, lean legs that scream for a soccer pitch.  She doesn’t really love sports though, so I’m trying not to push that. (It’s killing me, you know!) And her smile.  I can’t describe her smile, but it makes me happy.  I would give anything to see that smile more. Her smile lights up her whole face.  It lights up my whole life. I don’t really see that smile as much as I used to.  It seems the days of sparkly dress shoes that help her twirl have been replaced by ratty old skateboard sneakers, and that her confident smile has been replaced by a tentative, questioning expression whenever she looks in the mirror. What does she see?  How does she not see what I see?  If your daughter is a tween or teen, like mine, ...

Why Moms Need to Stop Hiding Behind the Camera
Five Ways To Promote A Positive Body Image In Your Teen

 There is one MUST HAVE portrait when it comes to every high school senior that I photograph.  It’s not the perfect headshot, and it’s not the one of her standing in a meadow at sunset. It’s not the classic smile, the thoughtful soul, it’s not the senior looking out towards her future. No, the one MUST shot I always try to get is beautiful senior with proud mama. BUT… knowing this, I know that I have to warn mom long before the session takes place.  And I also know that I have to be prepared to talk her down from protests and anxiety, from all the “Oh no, I don’t want to be in any of the photos.  I just want ones of her.” I need to let mom know why this is my MUST HAVE portrait, and why she’ll thank me for it someday- IF I do it correctly (and I always do).  ;)  So let’s unpack this today.   Let me share with you why we moms (and I say WE, because I am guilty of this, too) need to step out from behind the camera and join our daughters in front of it.  I’ll also share some tips on HOW to do this, but let’s start with WHY. WHY WE NEED TO STOP HIDING BEHIND THE CAMERA 1. They Need MemoriesOne of my favorite things to do when I go home to visit my parents, is to pour over old photos with them.  I love seeing photos of both my mom and ...