Behold.Her, a portrait and conversational event series, has created a welcoming and challenging space for women to experience personal breakthroughs and discover true threads of relationships beyond professional interests. Behold.Her events are unapologetically breaking barriers and normalizing stigmatized conversations.
The series has grown from a monthly photography project to an ecosystem of active participants who have been helped in recognizing sexual trauma in their childhood, confront depression, discover self-love, understand the importance of personal identity, and connecting with women to cultivate new friendships. Each topic is geared towards breaking through the bullshit that women in our society tend to throw at each other out of fear of betrayal, jealousy, or personal insecurities.
In a year, the brand has developed partnerships with local businesses, many of them female-owned, which have positively contributed to the local economy and amassed an extensive list of collaborators.
This project series has captivated a community of women and celebrates its diverse racial, cultural, religious, and sexual orientation backgrounds. We’re proud to have photographed and interviewed over 200 women in the first year. So far, this series has provided many women in Washington, D.C. a place to find acceptance, beauty, depth, and understanding.
Meet the founder
LEAH beilhart / WASHINGTON, D.C. / FOUNDER
Originally from Panama and a world-traveled Army brat, Leah Beilhart's life and work covers 17 countries and 200,000 miles across the United States. Recently, she traveled to one of the largest African slums to document young local entrepreneurs solving social and economic challenges in Kenya.
Leah started an event series for women called Behold.Her in Washington, D.C. The project brings together groups of women for roundtable discussions about topics like mental health and “sexuality + consent”, combined with individual portraits and interviews that Leah uses to document the event online. In Behold.Her’s first year, Leah grew an uplifting community for women that encourages empathy and trust among former strangers. 200 strong women were photographed and interviewed on 15 challenging topics.
"You may not know how to love yourself and you may not know how to forgive yourself, but walk into a community that will show you that you’re worth it. And if you have trouble knowing where those people are, make time to recenter and evaluate why you’re doing what you’re doing and value those who value you for what you bring to the table, on good or bad days. We're here to help you shine, not invite you in and leave you in the corner of the room to look at your phone. I found myself on the other end of the stick not being given a chance because my appearance somehow dictated my personality. I grew tired of my mindset. It put things into perspective, that my insecurities, my self-doubts, were spurred by this never ending cycle to be tormented by my own thoughts exclaiming that I wasn’t good enough. I'm telling you now, that you're good enough and we love you for you and adore your uniqueness because that's what makes everything of fucking blast."
making noise in the media world
Spotlighted on The Agency at District Station
"The space moves, it has no singular location, but in this space stories are not interrupted by the tap of a texting conversation, the din of a hushed phone call in the corner or a group cliqued together. Instead, there is an embrace that befalls all who enter the space, one that is open and inclusive and warm..."
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podcast interview with atmospher
"Leah Beilhart is a professional photographer living in Washington DC. Aside from the usual jobs of a photographer, Leah has a big heart and true passion to use her gift to bring joy and awareness to the world around her. Behold.Her is a photographic happy hour for women. An intimate event where women gather to share their story and build community." Plug your headphones and listen here.
blogged on ringlet studio
published in dc modern luxury magazine
"I really focused on what needed to be gained from these intimate gatherings. I started to reflect on how difficult it has always been to have friendships with women. [ Which is odd] because women are always craving a connection with other women." Flip through the feature here.
Second Publication on DC Modern Luxury Magazine
This is a small tribute publication to the 2018 Thanks to HER black tie fundraiser in Washington, D.C. which will help fundraise for local charities in the city that focus on the development of young, strong women. Click here to view.
“I try not to jump into anything that’s too trendy,” she said. “A lot of people want to talk about self-care. Well, what about self-care? We have enough people who talk about that already, what about everything else?” Click here to keep reading.
"Love and forgive yourself. You know what’s best for you. You know the signs of fatigue. You know when you’re being used. You may not know how to love yourself and you may not know how to forgive yourself, but walk into a community that will show you that you’re worth it..." Keeping reading here.
interviewed by take care shop dc
"Setting photography aside, I’ve witnessed and experienced as a woman, the toxic insecurities and self doubt caused not only by our minds but the people around us. With that being said, the older I got the more I hoped the cattiness, the two facedness, or the bitterness would end..." Read more on the feature here.