My Rising Star :: Vivian

When the idea came to me to introduce a project like this, I had a hunch that it would be successful.  Not because of me, but because I know a momma’s heart and I am a mother of a tween.  Over this past year I have begun to see little changes in my little girl, changes that revealed that my girl was at the cusp of becoming a young lady. It was sad and heart-warming all at the same time.  Her personal style was developing, her desire to always do her own hair (this was uber difficult for me to let go of), and just our everyday conversations changed a bit.  She is still cuddly and desires closeness, an attribute I pray never leaves, but she also has revealed a desire for independence that I can’t deny.

She’s tiptoeing into young ladyhood and there is just so many things I want her to know first before she enters completely.  Middle school is a crazy time of life and this momma’s heart wants her so badly to hold on to her value, to know her self-worth, to know how her mom and dad see her, how her Heavenly Father sees her.  I want her to know that she is strong and brave, that she can lead instead of follow and that she is loved beyond measure.  I want her to know that she can be a Rising Star.

Photographing Vivian to promote this project was so special for me just as much as it was for her.  How often do we sit down and really think about the things that make our kids great and then to read what others have said about her – enter waterworks.   Putting this together for her was a gift.  I hope it is something she’ll always treasure and be a stepping stone of blessing in her life.

I love you, Vivi Jo.  You, your brothers and your dad make up my whole heart.

Small disclaimer-please ignore the typos in the following images.  They were fix for the finished album. 😉

Thank you to everyone who made this project so special for Vivian!




The Rising Star Project

It was the 80’s. My hair was big, my brows were uni and my gums were swollen from my braces. I was a sight to behold! As I think back to my tween years, nearing my grand entry into middle school I had all kinds of mixed emotions. Was I ready? Was I good enough? Wanting to be noticed and unnoticeable all at the same time. Fast forward 30 years and here I sit watching my own daughter making her way into the unfamiliar land of tweenville. All I want for her is to know her worth, know that she is loved and valued. Know that she is a Rising Star.

Let’s face it, babies are so cute, soft and chubby. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes and just do the darnedest things that entertain the whole room. But those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore but aren’t quite teens.

I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit middle school.

In comes the “Rising Star” project
We are starting the “Rising Star” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens. The main goal is to make pre-teens feel beautiful, and find their confidence in their uniqueness.

Who we’re looking for
We are looking for female models for our photography project, ages 9-12. 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 “Rising Star”?
We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young ladies. We want them to realize their true beauty so that they are confident in themselves before they hit middle school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tweens self-image. We feel that with confidence and a positive self image, our girls can go forward into their difficult middle years as a Rising Star in their schools.

How to participate or nominate a friend:
Please email us by Friday, February 2nd 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 the boutique experience we provide. Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your daughter’s spirit and soul! Our session fee is $150 and our portrait collections start at $345.

After you email us through the contact tab above or at, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your daughter or nominated friend.


Robin Town - January 25, 2018 - 1:52 am

Rising star sounds like a fantastic idea Molly! I would love Kendall to be a part of this. I see her struggling lately finding her way & what a wonderful opportunity to show her how special she is!

Nicole Green - January 25, 2018 - 2:24 am

Adison Green is my beautiful step-daughter. She just turned 12 years old this month. She is an absolute doll and this project would do wonders for her self-esteem. This sounds like a great idea Molly. Your daughter, Vivian is such a sweet girl too by the way. Her pictures are great!

Jen Lux - January 25, 2018 - 3:00 am

I’m very interested in this for my Maggie. What an inspiring and empowering movement you have going! If you ever decided to do something similar for boys in this same juncture in life I have another one of my kiddos in mind. Thank you for spreading positivity!

Molly Bea - January 25, 2018 - 5:02 am

Hi Robin! I would love to have Kendall a part of this! At the top of this page is a “Contact tab”. Click there and I’ll get a direct email. I’ll send you more information there. Thanks!!

Cherri Bornman - January 25, 2018 - 8:41 pm

I love love this Molly. I would love to pay for this for my niece Kenidee. Kenidee is a 10 year old girl living through the recent divorce of her parents and the loss of a grandparent while going through this tweeny age. She needs to see herself through God’s eyes and the gem she is to her heavenly Father. I can PayPal you. Message me!

Marni Slagell - January 26, 2018 - 3:26 am

I love this idea! It’s brilliant. I would love to have my 11 year old rockstar photographed in all of her pre-pubescent glory.

Sara Bonacci - January 26, 2018 - 5:53 pm

Love this idea, Molly!

millie thomas - January 28, 2018 - 4:12 pm

i have a12 year old girl i would like to book a session fort the rising star

Shelby Travino :: Beal City High School :: Class of 2018

If you know anything about Beal City, you know how serious they take their sports.  And with Shelby, there’s no exception.  You’ll no doubt see a few sporty pictures that represent her love of all sports but you’ll also see her softness, some personality and an overall glow about her. She just shines.  I trust you’ll agree.

I hope this year is amazing for you, Shelby. Enjoy every minute of it. Soak it up! Thanks for choosing me to capture your senior pictures this year.  I was blessed to get to you.  Cheers to 2018!


Kenna Wood :: Lakeview High School :: Class of 2018

This girl.   She’s just so sweet, kind and soooo photogenic!  Gah! I had so much fun bringing out Kenna’s stunning features and soft personality.  I loved having this Lakeview gal on the team this year being the first to represent her school on my model team!  Enjoy a scroll through her custom senior shoot!


Enjoy each and every moment of this year, Kenna.  You’re going to do great things!!





Aubrie Sanchez :: Ithaca High School :: Class of 2018

I was so looking forward to Aubrie’s session because I knew she loved animals and wanted pictures with her favorite horse.  The horse was white, different than anything I had photographed before.  We started our session at the studio but quickly left because it was a beautiful night and of course I love natural light.  Enjoy a stroll through Aubrie’s session. She has a bold and stunning look and a soft, quiet personality.  Capturing those qualities in her was a complete delight.  

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