WE ARE A 501C3 NONPROFIT. WE TAKE EMPOWERING PORTRAITS WHERE INDIVIDUALS TELL THEIR STORY IN THEIR OWN HANDWRITING TO CELEBRATE, HEAL, AND CONNECT. WE PROMOTE DIVERSITY, ACCEPTANCE, AND INCLUSION.
In Sept 2018 long time photographer Annette McNamara had an idea for her own photoshoot. Growing up she struggled with her self-image and allowed other’s negative words to affect how she saw herself.
Beautiful Strength was born out of a need to say those struggles out loud and finally accept herself for who she was. No filters, no photoshop, just her and her words. That one idea blossomed into an initial shoot that consisted of 45 people, and from there it launched a wonderful ripple effect.
Little did she know that throwing this positivity out into the world would connect to a bigger purpose… the need for ALL people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, political views, economic status, whatever… to be heard and have a chance to connect with others. By telling our stories, adding in some humor, being honest about how difficult life can be and how resilient we can be at overcoming what life throws at us, we all can connect and become better human beings. The more we communicate with an open heart and open ears, the better the world will be.
Annette never could have imagined that one shoot would lead to so many awesome stories and connections. She believes everyone deserves to be told I see you, you are beautiful, you are strong, and you are loved.
Annette McNamara is a Nashville-based photographer attempting to laugh through life's struggles.
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