TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Local photographers have come together to participate in the travel dress project.
It’s an idea that Ellen Geiger saw happen in Seattle and thought it would be great to bring it to southern Arizona.
“Wouldn’t it be great to do that here in Tucson with our southwest flare,” Geiger said. “So I brought him back here.”
Geiger tells KGUN that each photographer used different models that they wanted to lift and make them feel beautiful. They each brought their own style of photography but focused their images on the same item, a dress or a skirt.
Geiger says it was easy to choose his models. She is inspired by her 10 and 12 year old daughters.
“They’re at this age where they’re starting to not feel so confident in who they are and their beauty. And I thought it was a good way to put them in a disguise and remind them that we are all beautiful, ”Geiger said.
For photographer Sandra Clark, the project meant more than just a photoshoot.
“We were celebrating my friend in remission from thyroid cancer,” Clark said. “So that was extremely special to us and I’m glad I got to do it. So I have the pictures, it’s awesome. We went to California, stayed on the beach and celebrated it.”
She now has the pictures to serve as a keepsake for a big message.
“It’s about empowering who you are as long as you’re a strong person and you’re there. You can do anything, ”says Clark.
Photographer Danielle Skinner also participated, using her two best friends as models. She hopes people feel a “sense of community, love, empowerment and brotherhood” when they see her photos.
All of the photographers who participated in the project are planning to do something similar in the future.
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