These images are part of series of black and white, unretouched photographs from Project Beauty -a project by Photographer Mandy Pasker that celebrates unique and unaltered beauty of young women (primarily teens/young adults) and empowers girls to love themselves just as they are. AMIDST will be sharing selections from this series over the next few weeks.
This project has a special place in my heart. I am 35 years old, and although I am older than the age groups I typically photograph, I have been where they've been. Each person I meet and photograph has a different story, background and belief system. I truly am honored to capture them digitally, in their natural state - makeup free and confident in themselves as they are. I freeze time, and show them just how truly amazing they are as a human being with a soul and feelings.
I have photographed two Project Beauty shoots to date, the third was postponed due to Covid in 2020. In the latest shoot, I worked with fifteen young women. Young adults, especially young women, in their teens, are very impressionable. If I can help show even one person their true beauty through capturing it, my work on this earth has meant something more.
I leave each of these shoots with such a feeling of gratitude and awe. My hope is that each young woman leaves feeling the same.
-Mandy Pasker, Project Beauty photographer
Photos and Words by Mandy Pasker Modeling by Peyton, Camryn, Madison, Katie