Press Release: "Just Me" - Portraits of Women


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Contact: Amy Paine, Amy Catherine Photography

Phone: (206) 450-0411


Photographer to showcase female empowerment project in one-day exhibition

SEATTLE, March 23, 2018 — Photographer Amy Paine of Amy Catherine Photography will host “Just Me - Portraits of Women” on Sunday, April 8, at Metropolist in Seattle.

The exhibition is the culmination of a year long project in which Paine created black-and-white photographs of 104 women without makeup, hair styling, or retouching. The exhibit is made up of one photo from each woman’s photo session and celebrates the community created by the project.

“I’m invigorated going to these sessions with a bare face and an open heart,” Paine said. “If my client is not allowed to wear makeup or style her hair, I am meeting her where she’s at. Our time together is vulnerable, raw, and takes a lot of trust.”

Following each photography session, Paine presented each participant with 20 photos she selected from their shoot. She documented each woman’s reaction on video and is creating a series of short videos that feature the women’s stories and what the project meant to them.

“This is so much more than just taking pretty pictures,” Paine said. “Some women have changed the way they walk about the Earth because of the ‘Just Me’ experience, and I never expected these sessions to have this impact. It’s become a sort of therapy to empower women, to let her know she is worthy, enough, and beautiful even if society says she needs to be different.”

The experience was equally transformative for the participants.

“These photos gave me an unbiased and objective reality check,” participant Jessa Lowe said via email after seeing her photos. “With no makeup, hair not styled I'm just me. All me. And that's not so bad.”

“I feel electric, so happy with how I am, I can't even imagine picking any part of myself apart now,” participant Sara Ranlett said. “The love and confidence I feel toward myself, I can't even put into words.”

The exhibition, which is sponsored by The Soulmate Strategist Julie Pierce, will be held April 8, 2018, from noon to 4 p.m. at Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave. S #A in Seattle. Tickets are free, but guests are encouraged to register for the event before attending. For information or to register for a free ticket, visit


At a glance:

Event: “Just Me” photography exhibit

Date: April 8, 2018

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.

Location: Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave. S #A, Seattle, WA 98134

Cost: Free, but registration is available


Amy Paine