“Cincinnati photographer Thomas Nguyen started a movement meant to empower young women, to portray them as they are, beautifully free of makeup and unrestrained from the social media pressures of perceived perfection. Thomas's project opened avenues of communication with his young models. They freely discussed not only what beauty is to them, but also had discussions about the pressures of becoming a woman in our social media society.”
You've chosen to become a member of a very elite group . . .
For the past six years, MoniKeri Imaging’s Project Beauty has celebrated the natural beauty of amazing, brave, local young women. The 2023 MoniKeri Imaging Project Beauty has transitioned into a more inclusive design. MoniKeri Imaging is passionate about inclusion and equality. Photographing dozens of local teens yearly, it’s important that the MoniKeri Imaging studio and all personnel associated with it be accepting and provide a safe space for their clients. Project Beauty : I Am Enough 2023 invites any young person, grades five through twelve to participate in the celebration of not only natural beauty, but also acceptance. The “come as you are” mantra is still celebrated with the 2023 campaign. Those participants who would typically wear make-up are asked to be fresh-faced.
MoniKeri Imaging Project Beauty : I Am Enough 2023 will be shot in the MoniKeri Imaging Studio at 120 Maple Street, Marietta. Each model will have a fifteen minute professional photo shoot and will receive 5 digital black and white images when the project is complete. I'm confident the five digital images will be the absolute least each model will take away from their day. Those images are meant to be a first step toward their development of self confidence and personal pride.
Our Project Beauty : I Am Enough invites participation by young people grades 5 though 12. We've all felt unsure of ourselves at some point and our hope is our models will see what empowerment looks like at all ages.
If you have not scheduled your PB photo shoot and need to do so, please click the button below. Please monitor your email for updates and information.
If you've already scheduled your shoot time, below are the details of your shoot day! Please be five minutes early to your shoot. Only one parent/guardian/guest is permitted to enter the shoot space with you.. A volunteer will greet you help you fill out your model release form. You must have a parent/guardian accompany you if you are under 18. Volunteers will also ask if you're becoming a Project Beauty donor (more below) and take any payment from your donorship.
All Project Beauty models are asked to wear a white top and blue jeans bottoms. You could choose a plain white tee or maybe a ruffled eyelet blouse. You may even want a white sundress. On the bottom, you may feel comfortable in cut offs, overalls, capris or a skirt, or jeans. Don't worry about footwear, because you'll be kicking those off!
Your face should be clear of ALL makeup. Be sure you use your cleanser at least an hour before your shoot time and remember to moisturize both your face and lips. Bring along lip balm if you're dealing with chapped dry lips. Your nails should be clean and clear of polish or clean and freshly manicured and polished. You may style your hair however you wish.
Project Beauty is designed to open the eyes of young people to the beauty and acceptance of their natural selves. It's also a fundraiser for local charities. Each participant is given the opportunity to increase their donation level and be rewarded with photo products. In the past four years, Project Beauty has raised and donated over $9000 for local charities. We've supported The Bauer Fund, iBelieve, The Gospel Mission Food Pantry, The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, The Right Path of Washington County, and the Garrett Scott Teen Center.
This year, funds raised by Project Beauty : I Am Enough will benefit Building Bridges to Careers (BB2C).
Receive five digital files from your shoot ($375 value).
Receive your five digital files and one (1) 8" x 12" print sheet of four images from your shoot ($430 value). Name listed in PB : IAE Magazine.
Receive your five digital files, one (1) 8" x 12" print sheet of four images, and one (1) 8"x12" print single image from your shoot ($485 value). Name listed in PB : IAE Magazine.
Receive your five digital files, one (1) 8" x 12" print sheet of four images, one (1) 8" x 12" print single image and the 2023 Project Beauty Magazine ($635 value). Name listed in PB : IAE.
Donations must be made at your scheduled photo shoot only and will be accepted as cash or credit card.
The Gallery Show
The most exciting part of Project Beauty : I Am Enough is always the Gallery Show! Our models, as always, will get VIP treatment and be permitted to see their images first, before the public is welcomed to view them. The 2023 Gallery Show will take place on Sunday, May 14 at 5:00pm at the MoniKeri Studio at 120 Maple Street in Harmar Village. Each model is gifted and entry pass for themselves and two guests. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and will be asked to make a cash donation at the door.