Thought I'd put 'pen to paper' and write a little blog for you
This blog is about something I feel quite strongly about and that is bullying, children's self-esteem and confidence
Growing up is hard when you start high school, I know I've been there and to be honest it was probably one of the hardest times of my life.
Nowadays it's different because our children have social media to add to their already testing teen years.
Social media can be such a great platform for some things like communicating with family and friends we don't see often, building businesses and sometimes learning but it can have its downfalls and one of them being 'how many likes' we have on a selfie of ourselves .
This can be quite disheartening for some of us and it can make us question why...
Why hasn't many people liked my photo?
Do I not look good in it?
Do people think I look ugly?
Someone else has 100 likes on their photo and only 5 on mine, why?
This all leads to low self-esteem and low confidence
Obviously this goes alongside trying to keep up with other children at school, whether it is the right makeup, hair, clothes, gadgets etc.
Life has changed so much and this generation I think will struggle with these things when they are older as we know what life was like before social media and we know we don't need likes or to be accepted online but they don't and this is worrying for their mental health when they are older.
Bullying is a big common factor in these two points. Children can be cruel we know that. It's always been like that and always will but we need to remember to be kind to each other and remember we all have feelings.
None of us are perfect and we all may not be this perfect beauty queen but each one of us has a beautiful quality about us and its finding that in someone and paying them a compliment about that quality you see. Doing this in person will show how much of a good person you are and make the other person feel nice about themselves. Let's try not to rely on social media to tell people things. Our future is looking sad that we will only be able to communicate through a phone or computer and our future generations won't have the social skills we had growing up.
Being a photographer I see so many young girls in the studio and although I see a few that are quite confident you can also see the anxiety they all suffer and are actually very critical of themselves.
Girls you shouldn't be, you are all gorgeous and unique and which is why when I photograph you I don't want you to pout or stretch your eyebrows so far up your head that you give yourself a wrinkly head. I want you to be YOU; I want to show YOU to the world.
When I photograph you I want your eyes to tell me who you are and what kind of woman you’re going to be