MODEL AND PHOTOGRAPHER SHAWN EHLERS GETS GIRLS TO PUT THEIR BEST SELVES FORWARD
New York City, New York—As a top model gliding down the runways of Paris and Milan, Shawn Ehlers learned firsthand about the importance of grace and presence.
Walking and posing for superstar designers like Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan and top brands like Chanel, Gucci and Versace, Ehlers learned exactly what it takes to make it in the ultra-competitive fashion world. Her reputation as a runway-walking expert grew, and her former colleagues at Elite and Ford Models hired Ehlers to coach and mentor their younger models.
Now, after years of success in that high-gloss world, Ehlers has turned her talents to designing signature workshops that help girls present themselves in the best possible light. Through her unique, practical and fun Model Moves Boot Camp workshops, Ehlers passes on the valuable lessons she’s learned about self-confidence, body language and how to present a composed, polished persona.
“When a girl walks into a room, you notice the way they stand more than anything. Confidence comes through in the way we move, stand and hold our bodies,” notes Ehlers.
Ehlers’ experience on the other side of the camera as a successful portrait photographer, combined with her warm, encouraging style, brings out the best in her workshop participants.
“They all walk away with a great photo and a boost in self esteem—you can see it in the before and after photos. The girls literally glow with confidence in their “after” photos,” says Ehlers.
Now more than ever in the age of cyber bullying and eating disorders, Ehlers sees the need to boost young women’s confidence across the board. She empowers them, using proven methods that improve posture and presentation:
Ehlers workshops guide girls through an innovative series of techniques and activities that teach them to hold their heads up high, feel proud and happy about their appearances and enjoy the process of a professional fashion photo shoot first hand.
Topics covered include:
Personal Style: Tips on how to put a wardrobe together of basic, flattering pieces.
Presence and Presentation: How to enter a room and wow everyone, how to move gracefully.
Positivity and Confidence: Getting in touch with your best, most attractive and vibrant self. Embracing your uniqueness, strength and inner beauty.
Taking a Great Photo: Finish with a visual culmination of all you’ve learned about your positive attributes and individuality by having professional photos taken that show you in your most positive light.
Keeping it Real: After the sessions, the glowing, polished photo image girls come away with solidifies self-esteem and endures as a reference for their true beauty.
“These are the life skills that show your self esteem and are the foundations of succeeding at anything you do. It goes way beyond modeling,” notes Ehlers.
She is continually touched and gratified by the transformations she witnesses, particularly among girls with body-image issues that make them shy and self-conscious.
“I’ve been so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response to our workshops. The reaction has been so powerful, to observe these young girls seeing themselves in a new way; to see them light up when they see the results. It’s not just the makeup and hair, it’s an internal transformation that is so amazing to see.“ Ehlers marvels. “They’re like beautiful butterflies fluttering out of their cocoons”
Model Moves Boot Camp Dates Winter 2012
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