Laylee Emadi Smith
Laylee Emadi Photography
As a former high school teacher and dance director I have watched young women struggle with confidence for years. This is my way of hoping to instill confidence in them, while at the same time helping other photographers realize their impact! As women, the concept of beauty has become such an all-consuming topic. In particular young women, namely the high school students I am lucky enough to work with on a daily basis, feel immense pressure to be the picture perfect versions of themselves. Today we have an almost inescapable societal portrayal of beauty, from celebrities to the perfect tiny squares of other people’s “instagram lives”. After teaching other photographers about how to make seniors and teens feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable during their photography sessions I decided I wanted to do more! I wanted to take a personal interest in showing those same girls that they are PERFECT just the way they are. That they don’t need to compare themselves to others and feel like they are coming up short. That above all, to accept themselves is so much more important that waiting for the acceptance of others- especially based on the way that they look. As a photographer, I completely love working with hair and makeup artists, getting glam for shoots, and doing whatever makes you feel as confident as possible- but at the same time I always want to make sure that the young women I work with know that at the end of the day, it’s not the makeup that brings them beauty. It’s kindness, joy, confidence, and comfort in who you are inside!