“I’m not photogenic” (I’d bet a talented professional photographer could prove you wrong! Lighting that is flattering is 3/4 of the battle!)
“I don’t look good in photographs” (Yes, you do. You just don’t know it.)
“My arms look fat” (Yes, that’s what everyone else is thinking. NOT!)
“Look at that double chin” (You mean the one that doesn’t exist?)
“I hate the way my ‘nose/smile/eyes/insert your body part here‘ looks in photographs”
“I need to lose 10 pounds before I have my photos taken with my family” (BTW, your family adores you and puts you on a pedestal! They don’t care. But they will care if they don’t have photographs to look back on to remember you fondly!)
And the list goes on and on and on! But I’m sure YOU wouldn’t know anything about that, right? You LOVE having your photograph taken because you are totally comfortable in front of the camera. *smacks with sarcasm* But I’m here to tell you…
As a photographer, I hear women beat up on themselves ALL the time! And it is so sad and unfortunate when I hear it. Because it is (almost) always a fallacy! (I say almost because, yes bad photos are taken mid sentence with your mouth open and your eyes shut and it looks like you might be having a convulsion. But that’s just an unfortunate mistake when your were frozen in a not so flattering moment in time.) But most of the time we are all beautiful. We are interesting, witty, fun, outgoing, caring, loving individuals who sometimes don’t take enough time to appreciate ourselves!
So I am on a mission. I want women to appreciate their beauty and all that it encompasses! Yes, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Simply because you are. You are perfectly imperfect. You are beautifully flawed. You are complex and dynamic. “And doggone it, people like you!”
So I’m beginning (what I hope will be) a weekly post called Real Women Wednesday’s. I will feature a woman each week using both photography as well as some of their personal thoughts. I hope to inspire each of us to appreciate ourselves and our own gifts and talents. And that we learn to be a little easier and kinder to ourselves. We all have authentic beauty that rises to the surface and bubbles out for the world to see. Now we just need to embrace that beauty and acknowledge our radiance so that we may cultivate a deeper appreciation for ourselves and others!
Ultimately this is what I have to say to your list of reason you hate pictures of yourself… Make sure you are present in the pictures with your family and the people you love! Make sure you are not always hiding behind the camera! Why? BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT TO THEM!