Time To Blossom

The last two weeks have been a blur of fun, editing, and late nights!  “Why” you might ask?  Well, for the second year in a row, I was asked to be the official photographer at Time To Blossom, an LDS young women’s conference in Mesa, Arizona, for girls ages 11-16. The mission of the conference is to help each young woman understand her self-worth, know that she is a beautiful daughter of God, and discover her potential to make a difference in the world. Through testimony strengthening experiences, service and a variety of classes, each girl learns how to be her best self.  This is a fun, inspirational, and life-changing program dedicated to empowering teenage girls with inner strength, courage, and confidence to reach their potential and find lasting happiness.  And did I mention the FUN!

Debbie Forrest and Carla Jorgensen are the co-founders of Time To Blossom and are two of the most dynamic, inspirational women I have ever met.  Here is just a little I know about each of them:

In college, Debbie co-founded the Annual Women’s Conference held at BYU and served as the ASBYU Women’s Vice President.  In 2003, Debbie was recognized as the Arizona Parent of the Year and in 2004 she was named the National Parent of the Year in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, Debbie founded an image consulting firm and has also participated as a speaker at many conferences and events across the United States.  Not to mention, she has seven wonderful children and is also a terrific grandmother.

Carla is a certified Life Coach whose passion is empowering women and young women to discover and reach their true potential. Over the years, Carla has written and directed plays, placed in a modeling competition in New York City, and has become a devoted student of all that life offers.  Carla has also been a partner in a finance company and an active member of the Board of Directors for both Stewart Stone, Inc. and Material Services Corp. She is also the mother of five.

Below are the 19 women that were the counselors at this years conferences.  These young women are powerful role models. They are confident, enthusiastic, caring LDS women with strong testimonies of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They are such great inspiration for these younger girls, not to mention they have a ton of energy and are great fun to be with!

The first night of the conference is a fun dress up party.  The girls wear anything from their Sunday best to a borrowed prom gown and crown.  They each walk the runway as the MC recounts some of their best qualities then they dance the night away.  During the party I get the opportunity to do a quick head shot of each of the girls (over 400 of them over the two weeks!)

One night the girls also put on a fun fashion show.  The evening begins with several of the girls modeling clothing from DownEast Basics.  Time to Blossom is sponsored by DownEast Basics and they have generously provided scholarships for some of the girls to attend this yearsevent. DownEast has been creating and selling fashionable, modest clothing at reasonable prices for the past 15 years.

At the end of the DownEast fashion show each of the girls is encouraged to come up onto the runway and model her own modest clothing.  The girls LOVE this part of the evening and have so much strutting their stuff down the cat walk!

The last day of the Time To Blossom week is a meeting with the parents.  During this meeting the parents learn all about what their girls were taught throughout the week.  The counselors teach the parents the Time To Blossom chant and the girls preform an amazing song for the parents.  At the end of the meeting there is not a dry eye in the house.

This was only Time To Blossoms’ second year and they have already doubled in size.  Next year they plan to move into California and will quickly be spreading this amazing program nation wide.  I feel so blessed to be able to work with these incredible women and help them with this program.  Thank you Time To Blossom!


3 Responses to “Time To Blossom”

  1. Sherry July 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    This does look like an amazing program! The pictures show how much fun the girls are having. Are all the girls beautiful? They certainly look beautiful and that they love being there!

    • Carla Jorgensen July 13, 2011 at 6:04 am #


      You are an amazing photographer. I looked through the 400 individual pictures of the girls. It seems impossible that you could take that many pictures and have them all be so beautiful. Only a professional like you would be able to get the best shot of each girl every time.

      Thanks for your kind words:)

      It is always a pleasure to work with you.

  2. Shelby Tobias October 14, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    time to blossom was so much fun! i learned so much and brought home so many amazing memories thank you for helping out with giving me a great time!

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