The Tween Years: From Awkward to Amazing

2018: From Awkward to Amazing
Photos by ejrussell will surprise one tween a month with a FREE session and blog feature. 

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I see so many jokes on social media stating that kids today don’t have the same “awkward stage”
that right of passage that we all had to survive, but the truth is, all those feeling are still there,
bubbling below the surface of the airbrushed social media selfies.

The heartbreak of being teased or rejected by the popular kids

Staring in the mirror at glasses, braces or a body that is changing in unexpected ways.

The stress of finding yourself, fitting in and pleasing your parents.

Being treated like a child and expected to think like an adult

Worrying that no one will understand you

These tweens stuck between childhood and adulthood are lost is a sea of pimples, self-loathing,
raging hormones and a quest for approval.  

In addition to being a professional photographer for the last nine years, I have also spent the last
twelve years working to support the social and emotional wellness of young people.
Of all the tender ages, nothing quite tugs at my heart like the young people, especially girls, in the
middle school years of 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Working with these ages on a daily basis brings back
far too many memories of my own difficult and awkward stage.

This is why photographing these ages is so critical to me.
I love sharing a session of discovering your tween’s true beauty.  
Together we can rebuild a bit of that self-worth, prove their value, and
break through the awkward stage to create memories to combat the curse of the middle years.

Let's work together to help your tween uncover their
Everyday Beautiful

"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself" Coco Chanel 

 “You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.” 

“for once, you believed in yourself. you believed you were beautiful and so did the rest of the world.” 
― Sarah DessenKeeping the Moon



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