Writing a letter to your past self is a total, utter, cliche, I know it! But for a moment yesterday the mushy mom side of me won the battle against the the sarcastic, eye-rolling side of me (imagine two little people on my shoulders, like the angel/devil).

So I figured, I better write this letter and click “send” before the other side of me freaks out.

Plus, I’m in need of some 10-12 year old boys & girls for a new promotion. 

The first 5 who fill out the form will get a session and a 5x7 free!
(Photo collection not included)


A letter to my 11 yr old self.


Dear Denise,

If I could, I would give you the biggest bear hug - a hug so tight it would squeeze your guts out.

You don’t know me, but I know you very, very well.

I know that you don’t raise your hand in class even though 90% of the time you know the answer to the question being asked, because you’re afraid to have all eyes on you.

I know you have a hard time sitting still because you have ADD. Don't worry, that will feed your creative side when your older :)

I know you enjoy music - you wanted to learn an instrument - but you fear being deemed a “geek” for playing the trombone in band class. The truth is - being in the band or any other club, group or sport for that matter, doesn’t change who you are and you're going to wish you learned.

Just because you play trombone in the band, doesn’t make you a geek. Just because you’re good at math, doesn’t make you a geek.

Truth be told - you are a geek - in the sense that you are smart.  Embrace it - it will make you successful in your adult life.

Be a little kinder to yourself.

You are not fat, you are not overweight. I repeat -  you are not fat. You, my dear girl, are perfect, and your 40-year-old self wishes she could be your size again.

A Quick tip: Don’t write a mean note about the girl who likes the boy you like - this will be the only time in your life you’ll get sent to the principle’s office. And, you’re not a mean girl.

You’ll have your first middle school dance this year and you will freak out a little bit. You're normal. I promise!

Be a little kinder to your mom - maybe even give her a hug some days. She is not your enemy. She only wants to protect you, and be loved by you. Some day, just like she has told you before, you will understand.

Wear. Your. Retainer. Your adult self will have permanently crooked bottom teeth. Sorry mom.

Don’t let the reflection you see in the mirror determine who you think you are. #1: The mirror lies. Or rather, your eyes lie to your mind when you see your reflection. #2: You aren’t merely a face. The number of zits on your face doesn’t determine what you’re worth.

Your future self,

Denise Geary (yep, you get married!)


As I read this letter back to myself, I realize so, so many of the tidbits of advice I give ring true to who I am today.


It’s as if I’m giving my past self advice that I should be taking today.

  1. I could still be kinder to myself -

  2. I’m still nervous to be “called on” in this classroom called life.

  3. I could still use a big bear hug once in awhile (thank goodness for my family!)


Because I want to help your child see the magnificent person they are today. It's so hard in middle school and this is a fun way to pamper this child who might need a little positive reinforcement but doesn't know how to ask.


It’s my personal mission to capture the lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful or handsome and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high & high school. Because frankly, I remember how it was to be a 10-12 year old. 



who i am project


Who we're looking for

We are looking for both male and female models, ages 10-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.


Why "Who I am"?

We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies and young men. We want young ladies to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit Junior High. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your daughter’s self-image. We want young men to feel confident in who they’re becoming.





How to participate or nominate a friend:

Please fill out the form below by Tuesday, January 31st  if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes a 11x14 fine art print (a total $149 value). Additional prints are available for purchase after the session if people wish to have gifts for family and friends. Most people love more than one image and do wish to purchase extras.

After you email us or send us a message below, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter or son.


Click here for the Tween Questionnaire