About a month ago, I started something that seemed a little crazy, but I felt compelled to do it. So, I did. Beauty Revived did so well in the Utah’s 50 Most Beautiful Women campaign and we learned so much about the beautiful women and their stories, I knew it was time to expand. My favorite group to photograph is high school seniors and they can sometimes be overlooked as people who inspire good. It is time to change that! I have searched and found 50 of America’s BEST high school senior photographers and, together, we have found America’s 50 Most Beautiful High School Senior Girls. To kick off the campaign, I have interviewed five of America’s leading senior photographers. This week will be dedicated to learning about them and what their thoughts are on beauty. On Sept. 15, we will be featuring the senior sessions. In February, all 50 of these sessions will be featured in a special edition of Senior Style Guide!
Let me just say. I LOVE Brittney! I recently talked to her on the phone and I was blown away by how kind and fun she is. Her vibrant photography definitely matches her personality.
Meet BRITTNEY KLUSE. She is Beauty Revived
BRITTNEY KLUSE PHOTOGRAPHY
Brittney Kluse is a lifestyle photographer based in the sunny, eastern corner of Washington state. Best known for her signature bright, bold, and colorful imagery in the photography industry; to her family and friends, Brittney is best known for her inability to do laundry and dishes. In addition to being a natural light photographer, Brittney is a full-time mess-picker-upper for her two young children and husband. Launching her business in 2008, Brittney has evolved her vibrant and loud style to match her equally-as-loud voice. Her background in business, marketing, and branding mixed with her thriving photography brand has helped shape her into a sought after mentor for photographers around the globe. Brittney is fluent in English and sarcasm.
What makes someone truly beautiful?
Personally, I’ve never seen a smiling face that did not look beautiful! Being beautiful doesn’t mean adhering to a picture-perfect standard of facial symmetry or a genetically gifted predisposition. Being beautiful is not an adjective, but a verb. It’s the act of exuding positivity, happiness, and genuine sincerity within your personality, expressions, and the example you set by how you live your life.
Who, in your life, has been the greatest example of beauty? Why?
My Mother is the example of beauty in my life. The hardships she faced early in life helped shape her into one of the hardest working, selfless, and most compassionate people I’ve ever met. I’m just lucky enough to call her, “Mom!” Through her own actions, she taught me to be confident, outgoing, headstrong, and made me believe I could do anything in life I set my mind to. Not only is my Mom beautiful on the outside, but the way I’ve watched her take care of others for her entire life is just one facet that makes her even more beautiful on the inside.
How do you teach your children to be truly beautiful?
Don’t get me wrong, I love make-up and getting glammed up for a night out with my hubby, but at the end of the day, I know that my family and friends don’t choose to have me in their lives for my choice of mascara and lipgloss. I choose to teach my children beauty through actions. To be beautiful, is to be the kind of person that others want to surround themselves around. I consider myself a compass of positivity to them, and want them to mimic in their own lives the actions and choices they grew up watching their Mama make. My family, friends, and babysitters can attest that every time we leave the house, I have my toddlers do “hands-on-hands” with me and they repeat after me that we will, “make good choices, solve our problems, and show respect.” Displaying outgoingness, friendliness, and compassion to everyone we cross paths with leaves an indelible mark on people’s memory and impression of us!
How do you make your senior girls feel beautiful?
The first thing I tell them is one of my favorite quotes that I heard early on at a workshop in my photography career: “Just relax, go with the flow, and be yourself; because no one is better at being YOU than YOU!” During a series of pre-session meetings, I spend time getting to know the girls—their talents, interests, and hobbies. I incorporate at least one thing they love into each session in order to customize and personalize the photo shoot. It’s also a great way to start a session off with an abundance of confidence and spirit when the girls get to do something they know they are good at and love! It’s simply taking a natural extension of who they are and showing the world how brightly they shine through the light in my lens.
If you had one sentence to tell high school seniors about beauty, what would you tell them?
“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin and knowing and accepting who you are; choose happiness and you will radiate beauty!”