“Cincinnati photographer Thomas Nguyen recently 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 . . .
In just four years, I've photographed more than 100 beautiful young women from the Mid Ohio Valley for MoniKeri Imaging's Project Beauty. I have some girls who have participated every year and each of them are dedicated to the truth that beauty is within you. Each PB girl gains some confidence while having a great time getting their portrait made.
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.
Project Beauty Tees!
When you schedule your Project Beauty shoot, you'll be prompted to add a tshirt to your order! We've not done tshirts for a few years, but we're bringing them back! The tshirts will only be available for purchase at the time you schedule your shoot.
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, rather than long 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 women to the beauty 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 $4000 for local charities. We've supported The Bauer Fund, iBelieve, The Gospel Mission Food Pantry and The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.
This year, funds raised by Project Beauty will benefit The Right Path of Washington County. A few words about The Right Path: "The Right Path is our community coalition. Prevention is our mission, working with 6th-12th grade students. We focus on healthy mind, spirit and body. In addition to family swim nights, we host Farmer’s markets to introduce youth to fresh produce and partner with the sheriff for medication take back day. We work with other youth serving organizations and food pantries. We host fundraisers to pay for our program with all dollars raised going back in to our program. We have been around since 2003 and we are in our 18th summer of safe, teen events. We have a governing board and we all love each other and believe strongly in our mission to promote healthy youth development!"
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 Project Beauty 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 Project Beauty 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 2021 Project Beauty Magazine ($555 value). (Name listed in Project Beauty Magazine.
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 is always the Gallery Show! Happily our Gallery Show will return to it's original format as a one night event celebrating our models. 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 2021 Gallery Show will take place on Friday, August 6 at 6pm at the National Guard Armory on Front Street in Marietta. Each model is gifted and entry pass for herself and two guests. Friends and family are encouraged to attend and will be asked to donate at the door.