This blog will be updated with more information as details are finalized.
Brooke Straiton Photography is casting 20 amazing women with stories to tell to take part in this photography art show and celebration event. Each woman that participates in this project will get 2 complimentary tickets to the event. One photo from each session will be revealed at the final event as an Art Show style event. You must be willing to have your image and story shared with others…that’s kind of the point here. We’re letting others know that they are not alone!
Why I wanted to do this…
You may or may not have witnessed my public meltdown on FaceBook Live. It wasn’t my proudest moment. Rather than have you dig through my videos to find it, I’ll summarize it for you…
I felt stuck. I felt ugly. I felt unloved. And I felt alone.
What I learned from that experience is…I was anything but alone. Too often women try to live up to that superhero image of being the perfect mix of career woman and caretaker. We rush off with our children from activity to activity, trying to ensure they have full and enriched lives. We struggle to connect with our significant other because day to day pressure has each of us just trying to keep our heads above water. And then we look at social media. The happy faces of other families making us feel like somehow we are lacking. Somehow we are not doing enough. Which translates into “you are not enough”.
And even with the popularity of books like “Girl, Wash Your Face”, “You are a Badass” and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”, I feel like we are still trying to tackle all of our self-doubt on our own, in some metaphorical dark closet of shame. How dare we not be okay with ourselves! How dare we not get over this! How dare we stray from attitudes of gratitude and positivity! But we do. We have weakness…and that’s totally okay. You are allowed to cry in public. Big, ugly sobbing.
But then…you need to move on. Because the end goal is truly to be okay with yourself. The end goal is to get over the expectations that you have to be perfect. We ALL have something we hate about our bodies, our lives, our spouses…because no one is perfect. And that is totally fine!
So then what?
Then you learn to celebrate who you are. Celebrate the fact that you have scars on your body from giving birth to your child. Celebrate the weight loss that took years instead of months. Celebrate that you are okay with your curves because you know how to rock them. Celebrate your independence from your ex. Celebrate your friendships with other women that truly get you. Celebrate that you are AMAZING in your own way.
That’s what this event is about. That’s why we NEED to come together to celebrate each other and our stories and our lives.
The Details of the Photo Sessions
Who will be picked?
I’m looking for women that aren’t afraid to be vulnerable. That are willing to reflect on where they are in life. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be a complete wreck either… Just real.
How much does it cost?
The cost is exactly the same as our standard portrait session… $249 for a full session with hair and makeup. Or $199 “Come as you are” to opt for no professional hair and makeup.
You’re getting a fully designed photo session just for you as well as 2 event tickets!
You’ll receive a pre-photo session consultation via web chat or in studio where we go over the plan for your session. We’ll do your full 90 minute portrait session with multiple outfits. The price also includes a private reveal/ordering session 2 weeks after your photo session. My special selected image will stay hidden until the event. Enjoy a bonus additional 30% off any print packages (which include digitals).
What will I have to do?
The process is much like any other photo session with a slight twist. At your photo session I will also ask you to record some voiceover, answering some questions I ask in the application questionnaire. I’ll take a few short videos of the session in progress. And that’s it. Easy peasy. I do all the heavy lifting.
Finalists will be contacted on an ongoing basis through December and January.
The Details of the Event
We are hard at work nailing down the details. The event will take place in August 2020 (awaiting confirmation on exact date) at Triple Sun Spirits in Newtown.
Each woman that participates will receive 2 complimentary tickets. One for herself and one for her biggest fan/supporter. The tickets will include 1 complimentary beverage per person and light refreshments. Additional tickets will be made available for sale as we get closer to the event. We’ll be limiting the tickets based off the size of the venue. Check out Triple Sun Spirits to see the gorgeous location.
At the event…we will be enjoying a brief video from behind the scenes and telling the stories of our featured women. At the end of the video, we’ll invite everyone to come view the final selected images of the ladies. The Final Reveal.
We’re also working on some swag. You’ll celebrate taking part in such an amazing event that’s all about you! You ladies are the true VIPs.
We are looking for sponsors and vendors to help fund the event costs.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor for our celebration event, please email a short description of your company to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to venue restrictions, we will only be offering spots to vendors that are directly related to “Ladies Night” theme.