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How long can I expect a "Behind the Smile" session to last?
Studio sessions will last approximately one hour.
Will I be given any print products at the end of my "Behind the Smile" session?
Participants will be given two fully edited digital files (printable up to an 8x10) from the session. Other prints/digital files from the session are available for purchase.
Is there a fee associated with this shoot?
A donation for the session is suggested, but not required. All proceeds will go to supporting the mental health education and support services at the VCU Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC). Participants will be given two complementary social media files - prints can be purchased.
Who should apply to be a part of the Behind the Smile Project?
We invite anyone, between the ages of 16 - 21, who HAS struggled or IS currently struggling with their mental health and is willing to share their experience through imagery. Participants do not need to have a mental health diagnosis. This photoshoot will be coupled with an optional opportunity for participants to express feelings and perspectives relating to their mental health on video. For those who are interested, their mental health experience will be shared with the photos taken and displayed through partnerships and social media. Note: You and a parent (If you are under the age of 18) will be asked to sign a release form.
What will the final images be used for?
Final Images will be used by Maura Varley Photography to increase the awareness of Mental Health in our community, to decrease stigma and provide support to others in who are isolated and struggling.
Once accepted to participate in "Behind the Smile" you will be asked to take part in a short zoom call to discuss shoot design and outfits for the shoot.
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"It can be very difficult for me because the praise and congratulations I get for my work ethic does not reflect the anxiety and internal pressure I feel to be perfect". - Anjali