Exist in Photographs

My experience as a portrait photographer has taught me many things, but most recently I have realised how much negativity we place onto ourselves in terms of our appearance. 

Having a portrait taken can be a daunting prospect. There always seems to be a reason not to… ”I need to lose some weight”, “I need a tan/Botox/detox” or “I am just not good looking enough”

When I hear these statements, mainly from women, my heart sinks. Not only because I would love to create a portrait for them, but also because these women don’t exist in photographs. 

How many times do we look through the family album to find that mum just isn’t there? She was busy taking the photo, capturing and creating a legacy for her family, happy not to be featured because she didn’t look good enough. 

But ask yourself, what would her children or grandchildren say if they could talk to her in that moment? They don’t see the flaws; they want her with them, existing in that moment forever.

So next time you are asked to get in front of the camera, let go and enjoy the moment.