Beginning later this week, I will be introducing the members of the 2018 Star Squad!! Over the next 5 weeks you will get to meet the awesome Class of 2018 seniors. I can't wait to show off the photos from their model sessions and give you all the details from my exclusive interview with each one of them.
How do you find seniors for the Squad? Each spring, I ask my current senior model squad for recommendations from their friends who are juniors. I also have soon-to-be-seniors contact me through Instagram to be part of the model team. This group is with me for their entire senior year, as the faces of Shawna Parks Photography on my website, social media and marketing.
Each model team member gets to do some pretty cool stuff. They can participate in monthly photo shoots that are submitted to Seniors Ignite, Twelfth Year and Senior Style Guide. If the submission is selected, they are published on those websites and social media.
Some members of the model team can choose to participate in the Seniors Ignite National Model Competition. Submissions for the competition are due in late fall, with winners announced in February. If you are a winner, you get a trip to Palm Springs to be photographed for SEEN magazine by the magazine's lead photographers. Each of the winners gets professional hair, make up and wardrobe for 2 days of photo shoots. They are also photographed by senior photographers from around the country, who come to Palm Springs for the opportunity to photograph the winners. For the Class of 2017, my studio had 2 finalists. This year we are hoping for a winner!!
Finalists from my studio are winners, even if they aren't chosen by Seniors Ignite for the trip to Palm Springs. I take my finalists on a destination session to showcase their talent and to tell their stories.
Project Beauty 360
One more thing! The Star Squad will help me with something new to my studio, this summer. Project Beauty. Started a few years ago by fellow senior photographer Thomas Nguyen. Project Beauty features teen girls with no make up, in black & white photos. The purpose of what has become Project Beauty 360 is to bring the awareness that true beauty isn't necessarily what we see in social media, television, magazines and movies. There is more to being beautiful than how well you apply your make up. Project Beauty will be a fundraiser for To Write Love On Her Arms or TWLOHA. We are hoping to raise $500 to donate to this non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
If you are a teen ages 13-18 and you would like to participate in Project Beauty, please contact me to get more information.