It's Not About the Way You Look

October 13, 2014

I have spent a lot of time recently thinking about photography and body image, or rather, how to work with negative body image and self-esteem in the studio.  What would it look like?  How would it work?   Would every session need to be in the studio?   And, what if the client wanted to take a picture of me?   How would I feel about that?

To me, it seems like an interesting project and one I would certainly like to explore. I don't have any problems taking photographs but often joke that there's a reason I'm behind the camera and not in front of it!  I have certainly met many people that tell me that they hate having their photos taken, and more importantly how they feel they never look good in them.  Part of this, I think is that they don't look like they think they should look.  The reality of the photograph seems to shatter all sorts of deeply held illusions.  By the same token, I am often asked if I can just Photoshop a bit here and there; usually to shed a couple of pounds.  Well, actually I can't (no really!)    But then again, why would I?  Obviously I want to take photographs of you that you love and if you've made it to the studio, that is my one objective.  However, when I meet you for the first time I may be taken by your smile, the way you stand, your nervousness or any manner of things.  When we part company again what will stay with me is a part of you that you chose to show me and that part won't necessarily be how you look but more, who you are.   

I like to think I take real photographs of real people.  Sure, I may smooth out a wrinkle or two, add a bit of gloss to your hair or sparkle to your eye, but I hope that the photograph you have is a true reflection of you and who you present to the world.

 

If you are interested in exploring yourself and your body image in the studio, please contact me at rsillsphotography@gmail.com.    I would love to hear from you.

 

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