I remember it well.
Except then we called it ” Junior High”
I was not a fan. At all.
It was just a hard time for me.
I was trapped somewhere between a little girl, and a young adult.
I was feeling my oats one minute than crying the next.
Hormones took their toll and I was just trying to get my footing..
In junior high or middle school as we now know it, lots of elementary schools get together and there a ton of fresh new faces.
That’s when I realized the dynamics of friendship.
That’s where I got my heart broke for the first time.
That’s where I realized the meaning of the word popular.
That’s when I realized I did not like that word so much.
That’s where I wrote poems, and song lyrics.
That’s where I also met one of my very best friends that I just sat down and had coffee with last week after way too many years of missing each other.
Its also where I made friends with the jocks and the artsy crowd, the dirties, well… that’s what we we called them then … I guess now they’d be called the hipsters…It’s where I began to group people into categories by what they were into, what I didn’t realize then was we were all the same inside, but that took maturity and years to understand.
It’s where I first began to discover myself.. and began to understand I was not all butterflies and rainbows.
I had an edgy side.
I had a funny side.
I had a bitchy side.
I had a sad side.
I had an artsy side.
I had so many gosh darn sides I was like a prism.
and most days I couldn’t wait to get home to my safe little world..
where my neighborhood friends knew my name, where my mom was waiting with cookies and my adorable little doggie was wagging her tail at me.
You know the innocence of child hood things you look back on now and miss.
But then I was too cool to see it, or at least I pretended to be too cool for junior high school.
It was a hell of a time, some I’m happy to remember… others moments I wish I could forget.
What I can tell you is that I wish I had known then what I know now, that beauty truly does come from within and that no matter what damn category you are grouped in you are no better or worse than the next person, we are all just trying to do our best with what we know.
and categories, or labels well… they suck.
and they mean shit.
society can be cruel.
but we can be much crueler to ourselves.
we put so much pressure on ourselves and I believe it starts in middle school, at least it did for me.
so fast forward a few years ..
yup, just a few 😉 and here we are in 2014.
I’m out of junior high.
I am an adult, a grown woman with three amazing kids and a life that I love.
and no matter if I was the cheerleader, or the art girl, or the best damn hand ball player EVA…which I really really was 🙂
ALL that matters as you get older is that you LOVE who you are. Really LOVE yourself.
It does not mean shit what anyone else thinks of you.
and I am here to tell all of the young adults out there that ..
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
YOU ARE AMAZING.
and that you are so much more than you think you are right now.
and if you don’t feel it well that’s where I come in.
I’m going to show you.
Through my lens I am going to bring out your soul.
Your beautiful amazing magnificent soul!!!!
Through our “Middle School Moody Series.”
Its a brand new session we are now offering..
It truly feels like a calling for me at this stage of my career and I am so happy to launch……
A campaign for discovering self confidence, self love, and freedom to not only be exactly who you are but to celebrate it!
we are going to show all of your sides during your photo session, your happy, your funny, and even your moody!
and the best part is we have partnered up with a really awesome clothing boutique… House Of Bleu .
So once you book your ” Middle School Moody Session ” with us you will be set up with a designer at House of Bleu which is located at 106 West Broadway Port Jefferson Village to fully stylize your outfit, your accessories and find your own unique look!!!
They like myself, believe in bringing out inner beauty, strength and individuality. They, just like me, had a vision and they followed it.
Together we are encouraging all of you to do the same. To discover your own self confidence, self love, and freedom. For you to see the beauty that is within all of you. To feel amazing at a very difficult time of transition while becoming who you aspire to be.
I am super excited to share with you a few images from some recent ” middle school moody sessions” ..
I am so very grateful for all of you who inspire me every day to learn, grow, and to continue on my journey…
Please reach out to book your session, as we only have a limited number of spots available. 631.576.6445 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org