I’m going to share a little secret:
- One as old as mankind.
- We all feel insecure.
- We all grow and change.
- And we will all, someday, die.
I’m not saying these things to be morbid or depressing. I’m saying these things because it’s imperative to listen and take them to heart. I am now 25 pounds heavier than I was the day I married the love of my life.
Looking back at our pictures I’m so amazed at how skinny I was. I’m not so happy about my weight now. However, my weight is what it is.
If I held off being photographed until I was 25 pounds lighter, it would be a LONG time. If ever. I am intimately aware of how self-conscious it can be to have images created when your body isn’t 20-something perfect. And how awful it can be to have a less than flattering photo of myself created.
So, I get what you’re feeling. When you invest in a professional who understands how the body works and how to pose so those insecurities are less apparent, you invest in heightening your own self-esteem while creating an important document of who you are at that moment of your life. You’re documenting your relationship, your loves, and yourself.
Those same people look at your images, not with critical eyes, but with the understanding that the person staring back from the image is YOU. They see where you’ve been and where you’re going. They see YOU.
Sure, they might see your weight, but these are people who love you. They love the one captured in a photograph as well as the one who goes to dinner with them, who wipes baby bums, and snuggles puppies. They see you make them love themselves simply because you love them.
Creating memories in front of the camera is imperative to helping your family love you and to love yourself. It can be hard to see at first, especially when the “not good enough” monster rears its ugly head.
I promise, that if you take a moment to create images true to who you are with a photographer experienced in making you feel beautiful, you create something more than your weight. You create something to be cherished.