Meet Andrea | She is Beauty Revived | James River High School | Richmond Senior Photographer

I don’t know about you, but I love those moments when God’s hand in your life is so tangible you feel like he’s almost reaching down and giving you a high five. That’s how meeting Andrea coming into my life felt, it felt like a high five from Jesus! Being new to the Richmond area I was really starting to worry when I wasn’t receiving any nominations for the Beauty Revived High School Seniors campaign I was organizing in our area. I shared it with people at church and on Facebook and on local mom’s page groups and I just couldn’t seem to get any nominations which was crazy because everyone I told about the campaign loved the concept, they told me they knew several senior girls who fit that description. I decided I was going to not worry and hand it over to God. Sure enough, that day I received an email from my 8th grade daughter’s English teacher asking for donations for a Capstone project one of her prior students was organizing, as I read on more I knew I had found my girl.. the rest is history. Meet Andrea, she is Beauty Revived.  (Special thank you for Mrs. Roberts for being the angel who brought Andrea into my life and is now a part of the Beauty Revived family!)

Meet Andrea | She is Beauty Revived
Meet Andrea | She is Beauty Revived

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MEET ANDREA | SHE IS BEAUTY REVIVED

Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader.. they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role- always about the goal!

Andrea will tell you she never really saw herself as a leader or set out to be one, but over time that’s exactly what she has become.

Andrea’s 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Sayani Roberts, shared “Andrea always stood out to me as possessing a sense of self beyond her years.  She was poised, mature, and self-assured even in middle school, when most girls identify themselves based on their reflections in others’ eyes.  Andrea was always popular but didn’t display the need to browbeat others or exclude them because she was popular and they weren’t, also singularly impressive in a middle school girl.” This is exactly why Ms. Roberts encouraged Andrea to apply for a special four year high school leadership program.  She saw her potential and knew Andrea had that spark to inspire others and live out her passions in a compassionate way.

Mrs. Roberts also shared “Andrea was from a modest family made up of hard workers, so she always seemed to understand the necessity and the dignity of hard work.  Over these past four years, I have looked forward to her visits “home” to Robious Middle School because I always suspected that she would have accomplished more each time I saw her.  I am her elder, but I look up to her! I knew she’d “kill it” in the Leadership program, and I haven’t been disappointed! “

In fact, she has rocked the leadership program and it has also rocked her world as well!

It was a chance meeting that first started to shape and mold Andrea’s heart for serving others, and especially the sick.

Andrea was told she needed to attend any meeting from a series of speakers. She happened to catch the representative one day at lunch speaking on behalf of World Pediatric Project (WPP). WPP is a non-profit organization located in Richmond, VA and St. Louis, MO. The mission of World Pediatric Project is to heal critically ill children in Central America and the Caribbean. Andrea was immediately inspired and wanted to know more about the organization. Over the years she thought more and more about WPP and last year a friend, who is also in the leadership program, worked closely with WPP, she came into class every day and talked about she helped families get medicine and go to doctor’s appointments and this inspired Andrea.  Andrea has dreamed of becoming a pediatric nurse and traveling to other countries as a traveling nurse. One of the requirements of being in the leadership program is developing, organizing and completing a senior year project called a Capstone project. The senior year Capstone project is a student led project that has to give back to community in some way. And it’s not just about raising money, it’s about raising awareness to a cause and making a difference.  Andrea knew she wanted somehow incorporate medicine and supporting the needs of others who cannot help themselves into her project and after traveling to Haiti this past summer for a mission trip Andrea knew she was starting to be lead in a certain direction. Her trip to Haiti helped her realized how fortunate she was to live in America, she also realized there was a real need to help others in countries who are not afforded the same luxuries we are born into as Americans. She was inspired by the children and families she met, seeing how they suffered and how great the need was for medical care in a country that cannot support those needs. Andrea knew she was being called to  travel and assist those medically in need. She also remembered how that was also the same goal of the World Pediatric Project. Andrea has worked with great tenacity her senior year to educate the Richmond area of her senior project as she partners with the World Pediatric Project to bring life saving medical care to children with nowhere else to turn. She has currently raised $2,000 of her $10,000 goal to pay for a child’s medical expenses.

After meeting and spending a lot of time with Andrea over the past few months I must say I have been blown away by her inner beauty and compassion and I agree with Ms. Roberts when she said “Andrea was exceptionally beautifully in middle school, as she is now, but she never flaunted that beauty.  It was much more subtle and soft-spoken, which made her even more beautiful to me. “And I agree, Andrea is one of the most beautiful girls I know. Her beautiful heart, kind soul, and giving nature reminds me of all the beauty in the world. Andrea is Beauty Revived.

To learn more about how you can support Andrea, please visit her site HERE!

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Beauty Revived is a movement to tell the stories of real women with real beauty. Photographers donate one session to a deserving woman who shows attributes of kindness, courage and strength. These sessions are featured on the site www.beautyrevived.com. This group is for the photographers who have joined the movement to ask questions and to share their victories of their Beauty Revived sessions.
One session. Real women. Great power.

Richmond Family Photographer |Terrific T Fam | Curtis Hixson Park | Florida Mini Sessions | Midlothian VA

I have a little confession, this sweet family had to go on quite the adventure with me to complete this lovely session. This was the first time I had to change locations mid-session. As much I love certain spots in Tampa, sometimes you just don’t know what you crowd you may be hanging with! Thankfully the lovely T family were up for the adventure and I am so glad they were  because I feel like this little glass ally was MADE for them! It has been such an honor being a part of your family’s journey, watching your girls grow into the beautiful young ladies they are today. I even love the fact that we sat in the office for days trying to come up with the perfect name for little M! You guys are so special to me, thank you for being  a part of the GGP family! xoxoxo giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0206giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0207giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0208giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0209giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0210giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0211

Richmond Family Photographer | Really Rad R Family | Home Sessions |Florida Fall Mini Sessions | Midlothian VA | Lithia FL

When I was trying to think of R adjectives for the wonderful R family, all I kept thinking was really really really because I just really really really adore them. I think they’re really fabulous, really awesome and most importantly, really good examples of Christian love! I was super excited to capture this family again this year because I love their interactions. I enjoy their big hugs, smiles, and embraces. I also love when you have a little special thing you do for one of your little clients. Sweet little A believes little butterflies live inside my camera and I always enjoy making something special just for her, I loved that this year she requested butterflies AND flowers. Thank you sweet A for giving me an excuse to get a little creative! Every once in a while you come across a family that you feel God’s love when you are around them, the R family is that family! Thank you Lauren and Anthony for blessing me with the privilege of capturing your family this year, I really really really enjoyed every moment! ❤  giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0196giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0199giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0200giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0201giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0202giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0203giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0204giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0205giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0197giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0198

Richmond Family Photographer |Totally Stellar T Fam | Downtown Tampa | Florida Fall Mini Sessions | Midlothian VA

I love the saying “I. Just. Can’t. Even” Even though I am still trying to figure out exactly what it means, but when I finished up the T family’s gallery, I couldn’t stop smiling and a lot of colorful loving adjectives just didn’t seem like amazing enough…so, I’m thinking that’s maybe the best way to explain I. Just. Can’t. Even! I have such a long list of things I love about this family that I could go on and on and on. I love their hearts,  sense of style, how passionate and compassionate they aregiannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0189giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0190giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0191giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0192giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0193giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0194giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0195, I appreciate their perspective on life and how they pour into the people and things that matter in their lives! Thank you T family for being a part of the GGP family and a part of my heart!

Richmond Family Photographer |The Super Squeezable S Family |Curtis Hixson Park | Tampa Fall Mini Sessions | Midlothian VA

Every time I see my sweet S family, I just want to SQUEEZE them! My little friends G & M are as huggable as they come! It’s so easy to capture this family’s love because they have nothing but LOVE to show! Mike and Jess, I cannot thank you enough for the time we spent together, my heart is always full and warm when we get together! AND thank you for some new capture ideas, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hug and kiss picture! I may be one of my new faves! Just adore you guys!giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0185giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0184giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0186giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0187

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Richmond Family Photographer | Florida Fall Mini Sessions | The Super Stellar S Family | Downtown Plant City |Midlothian VA

There is this running joke among our close friends that the S family and sweet little L are the face of GGP. They are not only loyal clients, they are dear friends who find value in family pictures. Therefore we find ourselves meeting up and creating memorable sessions a few times a year! As a matter of fact, this last session we were like well oiled machines. Even K called me later in the day and said “That was the most fun session, it’s like we all knew what we were doing, it ran so smoothly” I believe it is not only the friendship and connection, it is the gift of having a family photographer who captures your love year after year. There is a value in having your picture taken, and there is a value in booking a photographer your family connects with. That connection should be tangible in the magic you make together in your session.  Thank you Super Stellar S family for not only finding value in your family pictures, but valuing the pictures we create together! You guys fill my heart with so much joy, or should I say in my best Minnie Mouse voice.. You make my heart SO happy! 😉 giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0176giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0177giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0178giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0179giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0180giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0181giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0182giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0183

Florida Fall Mini Sessions | ADORABLE J Family | Richmond Family Photographer | Curtis Hixson Park| Midlothian VA

I love when my little friends become my sidekick! Little guy was such a BIG help, he helped me with posing ideas 😉 He helped me with what to say to mom and dad to get good smiles and lots of hugs! He even showed me his karate moves during our time together. I love creating memories with my clients that stay close to my heart and this session will definitely have a special place in my heart, their love was inspiring. Beautiful hearts, Beautiful family! Thank you Sherri for blessing me with the opportunitygiannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0169giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0170giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0171giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0172giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0173giannagracerichmondfamilyphotographer_0174 and I am so happy you guys are a part of the GGP family!