I just got a Holiday card from my other half’s family. They are many and the photo was such a treat. Usually they send ten bucks and a Hello, but as I looked at the group photograph, I realized how much more it means to have than anything monetary.The kids were being silly, several of the cousins had accidentally awkward faces, and the shot was not well-posed. None of that matters. The reason is because I love these people and any time I get to see their faces, I just treasure it!
This photo-card reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend & client recently. He told me he was self-conscious of his weight and therefore was going to hold off on getting portraits taken of himself. I could tell he really wanted to have a fun photo shoot with me, but his body image was holding him back. This is an intense discussion I have a lot with friends and clients. Sometimes, they enter the studio to do a portrait for work, but are just dreading it. Other times they have a great photo shoot, but when they look at the photos, they realize they are older and heavier than they last remember.
There are many reasons people seem to fear being photographed, but I feel they are all rooted with a lack of confidence in our appearance. Reality is, we age every day. The longer we can stay away from mirrors and cameras, the longer we can ignore our ever-changing physique instead of embracing it. But, what affect does it have on our lives to feel scared of being seen and what effect does it have on our loved ones to not have our events and lives captured for them to share, reflect upon, and treasure?
The people around you don’t see your flabby arms or your smile lines. They don’t see your fat or your double-chin. They see someone they cherish. So, I encourage you to love yourself today, not you ten years ago, not you 50lbs ago, you, TODAY. Go share yourself with the people you keep close. Get a photo of all of you together; then send it to each other to pin on your refrigerators. I’ll be here, camera in hand.
Senior Portraits! Feat. Miss Mills
Hair by Karol Daloia
Makeup by Kurstin Stowe
Photo by Fedora el Morro
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