For the LOVE of Music

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In the age of 24/7 social media validation, it’s harder than ever for parents to help their children believe in themselves and love who they are. SHINE Project is an effort to help our tween girls value themselves for who they are, not what they look like. We can't just tell them they are worthy, they have to feel it too!

Emotional health & well-being are vital to help our kids feel successful & create positive change that lasts. Even the most confident and social children can struggle to find self-acceptance in today’s world. As parents, we want our kids to be successful, but that requires self-love & confidence.

Celebrating Their Dedication


Mastering a musical instrument can bring kids joy through the sense of achievement, self-expression, increased confidence, social connection, personal fulfillment, and the development of a love for music. It is a rewarding and enriching experience that can contribute to their overall well-being and happiness.

  1. Sense of Achievement: Mastering a musical instrument requires time, effort, and practice. When kids see their progress and improvement, it can give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. Achieving a challenging goal, such as learning a difficult piece of music or mastering a new technique, can be immensely gratifying and bring a sense of joy and satisfaction.
  2. Self-Expression: Playing a musical instrument allows kids to express themselves creatively. They can experiment with different melodies, rhythms, and styles to create their own unique sound. When kids are able to play a piece of music that resonates with them or express their emotions through music, it can bring them a sense of joy and fulfillment.
  3. Confidence Boost: As kids gain proficiency in playing a musical instrument, their self-confidence can increase. They may feel more capable and empowered, which can contribute to their overall sense of well-being and joy. Performing in front of others, whether in a recital, concert, or even just for family and friends, and receiving positive feedback and recognition can also boost their confidence and bring them joy.
  4. Social Connection: Playing a musical instrument can provide opportunities for kids to connect with others who share the same interest. Joining a band, orchestra, or ensemble can foster a sense of camaraderie and belonging, as kids collaborate and create music together. Playing music with friends or jamming with others can also be a fun and joyful experience, enhancing their social connections and sense of community.
  5. Personal Fulfillment: Learning to play a musical instrument can be personally fulfilling for kids. It can become a form of self-expression, a way to relax and de-stress, or a source of joy and pleasure. Being able to play a favorite song, improvising, or composing their own music can bring kids a sense of personal satisfaction and joy.
  6. Love for Music: Developing a love for music itself can be a source of joy for kids. As they become proficient in playing a musical instrument, they may develop a deeper appreciation for different styles of music, discover new genres, or develop their own musical preferences. This growing love for music and the ability to create it can bring them a lifelong joy and passion for this art form.

Learning to play a musical instrument can have numerous benefits for kids, ranging from cognitive and motor skills development to emotional and social growth, discipline, cultural appreciation, and personal enrichment. It is a valuable investment in a child's overall development and well-being.

  1. Cognitive Development: Playing a musical instrument engages multiple areas of the brain simultaneously, improving cognitive skills such as memory, attention, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Studies have shown that kids who play musical instruments tend to have better academic performance, particularly in math and language.
  2. Fine Motor Skills: Playing a musical instrument requires precise control of fingers, hands, and sometimes even feet. Regular practice can help kids develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and finger dexterity, which can have positive effects on their overall physical coordination and motor skills development.
  3. Emotional and Social Development: Music has the power to evoke emotions and express feelings. Learning to play a musical instrument can help kids develop emotional intelligence, self-expression, and creativity. It can also be a form of stress relief and a healthy outlet for emotional expression. Additionally, playing music with others, such as in a band or orchestra, can foster teamwork, collaboration, and social skills.
  4. Discipline and Time Management: Learning to play a musical instrument requires consistent practice and dedication. It teaches kids the importance of discipline, perseverance, and time management. Regular practice helps kids understand the value of setting goals, working towards them, and experiencing the joy of achieving them, which can translate into other areas of their life.
  5. Cultural Appreciation: Music is an integral part of human culture and history. Learning to play a musical instrument exposes kids to different styles, genres, and traditions of music from around the world. It can foster an appreciation for diverse cultures and traditions, promoting cultural literacy and empathy.
  6. Personal Enrichment: Playing a musical instrument can be a fulfilling and enjoyable hobby. It can provide a sense of accomplishment, boost self-esteem, and instill a lifelong love for music. It can also be a source of relaxation, self-expression, and creativity, providing a healthy outlet for kids to express themselves and develop their unique identity.Some default text here

• 80% of girls aged 8 to 10 reported being unhappy with their size

• 40% of fourth graders have been on a diet

• Over 50% of girls ages nine to 15 have exercised to lose weight

• 57% of girls and 47% of boys ages 8-12 report being self-conscious about their appearance - not just about body shape and size, but skin and teeth too

The goal of the project is to capture the full range of emotions children experience while gaining mastery of their chosen instrument: concentration, pride, frustration, relief, joy. We encourage their creative participation in the session.

Dancing in the studio

Every form of music enriches the world.

We can’t change the entire world, but we can help our tweens feel more confident to face it - and that will help change our little piece of the world.

How it Works

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Step 1:

Discovery Call

We have a quick call to get acquainted. You tell me a bit about your child and I tell you a bit about the project. If it's a go, we choose a date for a consultation with you and your child.

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Step 2:

Idea Generation

We meet at your home - you and your child - to talk about who they are, how they see themselves, and how they want the world to see them. We talk through lots of ideas and settle on a few.

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Step 3:

Empowering Session

All you have to do is show up and we execute our plan. We create images that capture the essence of who your child is, not just a likeness.

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Step 4:

You see your photos and select your favorite for your print and we talk about photos to be included in the magazine.

The Details

What's the Cost?

Session Fee: 290

What's Included?

• Idea-generation meeting

• Empowering photo session

• One 8x10 fine art matted print with matching digital image

• Inclusion in For the Love of Music

Can I Purchase Additional Images?

Of course!

Wall art starts at 590

Albums start at 1990

Portrait boxes start at 1990

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Emotional Empowerment

Disguised as Fun!

Lisa puts a lot of thought and creativity into her process and makes it very easy for you to be a part of it. The end result is something you will love. She came up with a great idea for capturing the sporty vibe of our children. She is so warm and welcoming and let them be themselves and have fun - they had the best time!


The work she puts into finishing the photos to get you the perfect end product is incredible. We now have beautiful framed portraits that really show the personality of our children. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to capture a unique photo at any stage of life.


~Chrys, Washington, DC

Family Photographer | Lisa Maco Photography, LLC, Washington, DC

Stay Fearless

In Their Own Light

We all love the little quirks our kids have. They they go to school and someone tells them they are weird. How long does it take for them to believe it?

We love our kids just as they are, knowing they are blooming each day into whatever sort of swan they will be. Do we really want Social Media to dictate the "right" way to look or act?

How much damage does all this do? More than we likely realize. Help counteract it by celebrating that light that is in your child. Help them to see their own worth. Give them their OWN image to hold on to!

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Lisa Maco Photography, LLC

4400 Greenwich Pkwy NW

Washington, DC 20007

202.905.8180 lisa@lisamaco.com

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