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Kalispell Teens Go Makeup Free for the Camera

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A local photographer helps Flathead teens discover and embrace their own unique beauty. Kalispell photographer Shannon Hollman has done senior pictures for countless Flathead teens wanting to look just right.

“I hear I don't like my this, I don't like my that. Can you Photoshop this can you fix this, and I'm sitting there looking at these girls thinking you're stunning, your gorgeous what are you talking about?” Holman said.

This year, she decided to do something a little differently, with an entirely makeup free shoot.

Hollman says one of the keys to making it work was keeping the twist a secret until just a few days before.

"I think if I put out there, I'm doing a makeup free shoot, I would get the girls who were comfortable and I didn't want everyone who was comfortable. I wanted to push some limits. "

Sophomore Ahna Kretinger was one of Hollman's subjects and says the experience helped change the way some of the girls view themselves.

“It was cool to see the different reactions from a lot of the girls. Some of the girls who at first were like 'oh I'm not comfortable with this' then posted photos of themselves without makeup,” Kretinger said.

For Hollman, that was all she could have asked for.

"It literally brought tears to my eyes because I was just really, really proud of them,” she said.

Hollman says she would like to do another makeup free shoot but that she would want to keep the twist a secret for the next group of girls too.

More photos from the shoot are available here: http://shannonhollman.com/blog/?p=8756

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