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Apr 1, 2010

The beauty of a smile.



It wasn't until a few days ago that I realized the privilege we have to simply.... smile. And it took a 9 year old to show me that.

I saw the back of Kali's head first. It was a beautiful French twist perfectly pinned in place with a side curl hanging down for an accent. Her stylist sprayed his finishing touch of hairspray and swirled Kali's chair around. Suddenly I didn't notice her hair anymore.

All I saw from ear to ear was a smile.

A huge smile.

A smile, because... now... she could.

Born with a cleft palette, Kali had corrective surgery previously, and now was her moment to finally feel beautiful. And she knew it. As she got up out of the chair, her expression didn't change. Nothing was going to take her smile away.

Kali was one of the 20 girls attending the 1st Annual event 4G- Girls, Glitz, Glam, Gab, a self esteem motivational workshop put on by Mandi Adams and Infusions Hair Spa. I first met Mandi when she did the make up at Sarah & Zac's wedding last year. A few months ago she contacted me about this crazy idea she had for an event that she wanted to put on to do the hair and make up and take fun photos of teen girls who were born with cleft palattes. She shared with me how she too was born with it and, like these girls, had corrective surgery, but it was something she got teased a lot about growing up. And because she knew how hard it was to grow up with that, she wanted to host an event to help empower these young girls that they aren't alone, and show them how they too were absolutely beautiful the way God created them.

I, of course, asked immediately how to volunteer for it as one of the photogrpahers to help document the day and give these girls fun photos. I adored the mission to pay beauty forward. It was such a refreshing thing to see so many volunteers come together to help this event be a success for the teen girls and spread goodness in this world.

Here's some headshots of the girls I photographed and other fun getting ready pics of the day!
































A pic of Mandi and I!

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5 Comments:

Blogger domenica said...

What a beautiful project and surely an honor to be a part of!

April 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Candice said...

It gave me goose bumps! Beautiful girls.

April 1, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
OpenID fabuluxe said...

These are absolutely beautiful! Leave it to you to bring pure beauty out in image form. Wonderful work, Scarlett! I am so happy that you were a part of this.

April 1, 2010 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

My dear Sweet Scarlett Lillian Williams. THANK YOU SOOO Much for being apart of this event. You truly know how to capture moments unlike any other photographer!!! I am blessed to know you. This was exactly what these girls needed, thank you for helping them feel like supermodels for a day!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOX

April 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Leslie Houx said...

Such a wonderful project to be apart of! Such beautiful girls inside and out!

April 17, 2010 at 2:23 AM  

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