What is Team17, you ask? It’s a team comprised of girls from high schools around Phoenix and Scottsdale, who wanted to represent Sandi Shipley Photography. They will have an awesome time building relationships and new friendships, all while representing me (such an amazing blessing for this photographer). I love shooting high school seniors, and wanted to create a program that would be fun and meaningful, so here we are!
I had 43 incredible applicants this year, and had the hard job of narrowing it to just 20 talented girls. They are each exceptional young women, and shining stars in their own way. We have girls involved in lots of extracurriculars, including performing arts, triathlons, softball, and synchronized swimming, and gals who are emerging as leaders on their student councils or in the community. Some of the schools represented are Sunnyslope High School, Xavier Prep, Chaperral High School in Scottsdale, Veritas Preparatory, Heritage Academy in Mesa, Northwest Christian, and Paradise Valley High School.
Our kick-off event was a Headshot session – including professional makeup. As spokesmodels, they will receive their Full Senior Portrait session (also including Professional Hair and Makeup), a SSP Team17 tee shirt and swag bag, they will participate in the Strong Beauty Campaign, a styled group shoot in the Fall, mini themed shoots through out the year, and have the opportunity to win fun prizes and exclusive products! Whew!
It’s truly not about the prettiest girls or girls that fit a certain “look” (though they are all beautiful). I selected girls who are strong, motivated, involved, kind, and fun, and who possess inner beauty as well as outer, and who have a desire to better their communities. We will spend a little over a year building friendships, lifting each other up and of course, creating gorgeous images!