When girls pose for photos, the goal is to look pretty, right? Not if you ask photographer Kate Parker, who realized one day that proto-typical "pretty" shots of her two daughters -- 9-year-old Ella and 6-year-old Alice -- weren't the ones she loved most. Instead, she found herself gravitating toward pics that showed her daughters looking strong. Thus began her latest photography project, Strong Is the New Pretty.
"Initially, this project started as a desire to record my daughters and the memories of their childhood," Parker tells The Stir. "Then it organically grew into something different. I started to recognize that the images where the girls were authentically captured were my favorites. After seeing this, I started to shoot with that in mind."
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For the past three years, Parker has been photographing her daughters and their friends in all their imperfect glory -- "loud, athletic, fearless, messy, joyous, frustrated," says Parker. "I wanted to celebrate these girls as they are, not how females are expected to be."
Parker hopes the photos in this slideshow will inspire more moms to coax their daughters to flout frivolous goals like looking "pretty" and just be themselves. As she points out, "Being pretty is not important," she says. "Being who they are is."
What's your favorite photo of your daughter?
Image via Kate Parker Photography