If photographing people has taught me one thing, it's that we see ourselves differently, and more critically, than others do. At most of my sessions, I ask "What do you not like about yourself in photos?" The responses I get are often surprising. Sometimes, I study the person's face while they ponder, and I start thinking about lighting or angles I would use to flatter their particular face shape or features. Then they tell me something that I never would have guessed or noticed without much scrutiny -- a bump on a nose, one eyebrow shorter than the other, the way you can see a missing tooth if the smile is too big. For many people, it's their weight or the fear of a double chin. Occasionally, I will work with someone who is perfectly comfortable in their own skin. (Let's face it, it's almost always men.) The more people you have in a photo, the more complicated this process becomes.
The funny thing is... when people look at your photos, they aren't looking for your flaws. They only see your expression. They are touched by your genuine smile, the kindness in your eyes, the tender moments between people who love each other.
You do know you are your own worst critic, right?
So why am I showing photos of this lovely, seemingly perfect family? It doesn't make sense, does it?
Sometimes people worry that their children won't behave, or give real smiles. That's their 'flaw'... and it's not a problem we can't handle. (The same goes for grumpy dads.)
But in this case, with this family, the little boy broke his arm a few days before the session. They were traveling here from out of town, so it was either take photos with a broken arm, or get none at all.
So now that you've scrolled up to see if you can spot his cast in the other photos, you'll understand what I'm talking about. This big huge cast, on this little six-year-old-boy, went unnoticed. You saw his joy and the way this family loves each other and has plenty of silly moments. If we can disguise a broken arm, and create a session that is uniquely suited to showcase their best, we can certainly work with whatever your "flaw" is.
Do you want to look fabulous in any photo? Find out here.