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I'm not pretty...
"I'm not pretty." That's what my client yesterday tried to tell me.
Yeah, no. Those are not words I accept. Those are not words I'm going to allow to be spoken in my presence. Sorry not sorry. I don't want to hear it.
I understand that we all have things we are self-conscious about. We stare at our own faces longer than any other in our lifetime. There are going to be things we don't like.
In a photography context I am happy to deal with those things. I can pose you in such a way as to minimize your nose, or only photograph you showing so much tooth, or Photoshop out blemishes. I am happy to do those things if you want me to but don't sit there and tell me you're not pretty.
YOU ARE NOT UGLY.
I don't care how much you hate to be photographed or how unphotogenic you feel - that does not make you ugly. I don't care if you don't feel that you fit the classic definition of beauty - that does not make you ugly. I don't care if you've broken your nose six times and you're missing some teeth - that does not make you ugly.
There is beauty in your soul and it is MY JOB to find it and share it with the rest of the world. I love this job more than any other job I've ever had. It has completely changed the way I look at the entire world.
When I look at you I am not judging you. I am not critiquing you. I am not picking you apart. I am looking for the things about you that sing to me. I am asking myself what makes you stunning. I am looking for your beauty - not your perceived flaws.
And I will tell you a secret about those flaws you THINK you have. Other people don't see them the way you do. In fact most people don’t see them at all.
So stop. Stop hiding. Stop being hard on yourself. And please, please, please don't ever tell me you're not pretty.
I will be forced to use my camera to disprove that statement.
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