It is no secret over here at Beauty Revived, we have some BIG hearted photographers. They have all said YES to using their lens for good. They have raised their hands and given back to the world by helping us share the stories of women and children making a difference! Many of our photographers give back in so many ways and we are excited to share our new Photographer Spotlight series with you! Our hope is that this will be another way for us to share with you all the good in the world! These photographers are kind, they are selfless and they are making waves in their communities in big ways. We look forward to sharing their stories with you!
Over the past four years, we have told over 900 stories through 13 campaigns and through these years we have been privileged to work with hundreds of photographers. These photographers are a part of the Beauty Revived family and we take great pride in following their photography and give back journeys.
It is with great joy we can spotlight our first featured photographer, Alisa Divine!
We have been following Alisa since she joined the Beauty Revived family in 2015. After reading a moving post last winter, we knew Alisa was one of many inspiring photographers in Beauty Revived. We are so excited to introduce her to you.
Meet Alisa | She is Beauty Revived
Tell us about your Beauty Revived journey!
I first participated in Beauty Revived with the #50BeautifulTeachers campaign in 2016! I was honored to be chosen as one of the photographers. I held a FB Live to share that I was in search of teachers to work with and the response was overwhelming. The video had over 5,000 views and I received many nominees, it was difficult to choose. The teacher I photographed and told the story of was inspirational. It was an incredible opportunity overall.
How many campaigns have you participated in?
I have participated in #50 BeautifulTeachers and I applied for the newest – Mothers Campaign, so we will see!
Can you tell me about a BR session that was special to you and why?
The Beautiful Teachers was special to me because I was an elementary teacher after graduating from college. The Mothers Campaign is also special to me because my husband and I have a blended family with eight kids. I am a mom and I appreciate collaborating with other moms. I have close connections to both campaigns and they are in alignment with my values.v
What is your favorite thing about giveback photography?
I get to share what I am good at with others, hands down – Best.Feeling.Ever. – to be of value. There is also the law of reciprocity – it comes back to you whether you expect it or not in the form of an idea, materialistic ways, or a sense of well being and accomplishment.
How would you describe your style of shooting?
My style of shooting is clean and contemporary. I love incorporating fashion and adding professional hair and makeup too. Many of my clients appreciate the rich colors in their prints. I also love converting photographs that convey emotion to a contrast of black and white.
Are there any current projects you are working on right now that are near to your heart? If so, tell us about it!
I am the founder of The More Than Beautiful Project, which is an enrichment of the traditional senior model program. Through my own life experiences and with having five daughters in our home, I have awakened to a need among women and girls to be seen and known for more than their physical appearance. With my program, I photograph young women in addition to sharing knowledge to develop personal power and a skill set to create satisfying lives for years to come.
Currently, I am in the process of enrolling a Pilot Program where I teach senior photographers to implement The More Than Beautiful Project into their businesses.
I am also leading a group of photographers in publishing a book. We are each telling the story of and photographing women in our communities who’ve experienced domestic abuse and have moved beyond. Our goal is to raise awareness, promote change, tell stories and show images of strength and resilience.
In 20 years from now, what would you like most to be remembered for?
In 20 years from now, I want to be remembered for empowering women and girls. My entrepreneur journey began as a photographer. Over the years, my business has evolved into changing lives through the channel of photography. I GET to help women find the best version of herself through my work. I GET to hear their stories and cheer them on. I GET to mentor and share what I’ve learned. I took the lemons I received in my life, made lemonade, now I’m pouring glasses and handing it out. I want to be remembered for finding my gift and sharing it with others. I want to be remembered for making an impact.
What would we find in your camera bag? And what is one thing you NEVER forget to bring to a session?
In my camera bag, you will find a Nikon D800, a 50mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, batteries and memory cards. I am a minimalist, using only one lens per shoot. My Macbook goes just about everywhere with me and I never forget my phone because I have an agenda on it for my shoots which I refer to. Plus it’s great for behind the scenes and music.
What advice would you give to photographers looking to do more giveback in their photography?
My advice to photographers who want to do more giveback is to get in alignment with your values. Ask yourself, what is important to me? What excites me? Makes me feel alive? What/whom do I stand up for? Make a list of possibilities and then look for causes and organizations that are in alignment with your list. If you can’t find one, start one! Discover your passion and then spend time within that field.
Do you know a Beauty Revived Photographer who is making waves and giving back in big ways?