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!
Meet Meg Borders. She is one of my favorite senior photographers ever and an all around amazingly sweet person. I am so honored to have her share her thoughts on beauty.
Camera Artist, Meg Borders, is an acclaimed natural-light portrait photographer and an industry leader in senior photography. As a mother of three daughters, Meg is wholehearted focused on the self-esteem of young women; her photography is aimed at revealing natural beauty and refocusing how girls view themselves. Unmistakable for its creamy, sun-induced ambers, Meg’s images have a romantic quality that thirsts for the light, and have been featured in a host of leading photography publications.
Now let’s get to the questions!
What are common traits of those you find beautiful?
Kindness, gentleness, strength, confidence, humble hearted, and giving. Women I find truly beautiful know who they are and don’t have anything to prove. They don’t have to put others down in an attempt to make themselves feel better. They are confident in their strengths and their weaknesses and are comfortable and accepting of their bodies and appearance.
Who, in your life, has been the greatest example of beauty? Why?
My mother. She never focused on outward appearances and cared more about the character of a person. It changed my view of beauty and I am so grateful.
How can we teach young girls to be truly beautiful?
I have 3 daughters, ages 7,5,and 2. I teach them everyday that beauty comes from within and that true beauty starts with a beautiful heart. Being kind to those around you, caring about others more than yourself- treating others as you would want to be treated. I think if we teach our girls this concept at a young age, before the media tells them what beauty is, we can change the way girls see beauty.
How do you help your seniors feel beautiful at their session?
I think this starts before the session. I spend time getting to know my clients before they every step in front of my lens. I think this helps them to be able to relax during the shoot and enables me to capture them for who they really are – their true beauty. I encourage each girl during the photoshoot, letting them know how great they are doing and showing them peeks of the back of my camera screen. My favorite part is watching their eyes light up when they see themselves. I watch their guards come down and you can tell they feel truly beautiful.
If you had one sentence to tell high school seniors about beauty, what would you tell them?
Stop focusing on the outward appearance, but concentrate on where true beauty comes from – within.
Thank you so much Meg! You are such a joy and I can’t wait to meet you at Click Away in a few days!