April 24, 2014

Strong is the New Pretty

I have such a special share for you today!! I'm seriously hopping with excitement. Must tell you a little story ~ sometime about 6 to 9 months ago, I was surfing My Happy Place, aka Pinterest....and I came across an amazing image. SO strong, so stunning, I hopped over to see more about the photographer, Atlanta-based Kate T. Parker. I found her website, and that was just it for me. I pored over every single image on her site. To me, everything she does is WOW, and so inspiring.

Come check out Kate's photos below......

Kate does it all, from weddings, to portraits, to newborn and family sessions ~ but what has caught on and gone viral lately are the photos she takes pretty much daily of her two daughters. Photos that show them living their lives not as photoshopped models of perfection, but as happy girls, angry girls, having fun girls, getting messy girls, playing-with-worms girls, singing into hairbrushes girls.

Kate's images have been everywhere lately, and she recently wrote an article for Athleta, saying,

"I want to make sure my girls know that who they are is enough.....I started to see patterns and recognize that the images where the girls were authentically captured were the strongest images. The images that showed the girls as they genuinely are were my favorites. After seeing this, I started to shoot with that in mind.
The project became about capturing my girls and their friends as they truly are and how that is OK. Not only OK, but worthy of celebration. There’s a lot of pressure for girls (and women) to look a certain way or act in a certain manner, and I wanted to let my daughters know that who they naturally are is enough."

Kate has said that what she wants to emphasize to her girls is the idea that they can feel free being who they are, however they are are, ~ in whatever form her daughters choose to manifest their personalities, whether it be in tutus and ballet shoes or soccer cleats and unbrushed hair.

(love this one!) 

Kate's 'strong is the new pretty' photo series has been exploding everywhere in the past month or so, on PopSugar, the Daily Mail UK, in Amy Poehler's Smart Girls tumblr and on the Huffington Post (love the quote in that article "You don't need to be pretty, perfect or compliant to be loved."), just to name a few features.

Basically, when I'm a big girl photographer, I wanna be Kate. Only I'm sure Kate would say: BE YOURSELF. So my version of being a big girl photographer would involve lots of pretend-fairies and Hello Kitty tea parties because that's how I roll, and Kate being the awesome chick that she is, would be cool with that. She was cool enough to say Sure! right off the bat ~ when I sent her a note asking if I could profile her on my blog.

Of course...I had to ask what her kiddos were reading....."My girls love to read. The five year old is way into Bob books (the only ones she can read). She also loves when we read Shel Silverstein together." And Kate added that her 8 year old daughter adores the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series, any graphic novel, and "loves her book club at school."

Thank you so much Kate, for sharing your work! Your photos are endlessly inspiring to me, and so is your message for all of our daughters. You can visit Kate at her website, (look at her cover picture closely! there's a little person hiding under that glorious dress), on Pinterest, and on Facebook.

~all images courtesy of Kate T. Parker


  1. Wow, FABULOUS images! Great message, too. xoxo

    1. Aren't these the greatest?? Love her work so much! She recently posted a pic of her daughter blowing a bubble, I kid you not, nearly the size of the child's head. It was amaaaazing :)

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    1. Kate's photography inspires me every day. Children are the greatest muses ever, in my book :)

  3. O I love it. I love strength in women. I'm a strong girl and I named my daughter a strong name. I want to cultivate it and show her that strength is beautiful. These images are fantastic. I want to take pictures of my girl like this too.

    1. thank you my friend! totally, right? I always tell Julia that her name comes all the way from the Roman Empire and was the name of a famous warrior/general. She loves it.