It’s not usual for me to post another photographer’s work on my website and in this case, 8 other photographers – but this is different. I’m the focus this round.
A few weeks ago, on a rainy night (it’s been a theme here in Denver for a few weeks) 10 photographers from around the Denver area that are in an all female photography group I’m in meet up in North Denver, with 2 make-up artists. We all dressed differently to achieve a certain look and photographed each other.
We all have issues about ourselves. Yeah really – shocker huh? Be it our weight (hello!), a scar, bushy eyebrows, too thin eyebrows, look too old, look too young, I hear it all the time. My biggest one? “I don’t want any pictures until I lose # so much weight”. I hear you. I really do. That’s why I am the photographer. I don’t like to be in the front of the camera either. But after this event, and just doing what I do naturally, remember – I’m not capturing your weight, I’m capturing the inner beauty of you. Time stood still on this date, for this moment and it’s a treasure for ever that will never come back.
So for a photographer who has been working on her weight issue for a few years (25 pounds down, still many more to go). I allowed myself to let go of my weight issues and be photographed by 8 other photographers. It’s a weird moment when you sit down on a couch and look out to the room to have 8 others ready to start taking photos. I had to scream “Wait!” Because I was not ready to have so many people all at once looking at me. ME! I also heard “beautiful” as they took their images and directed me to look this way and that way. I knew that it wasn’t directly at me, but more as they capture the image they were going for, but none the less, it is nice to hear. I also did something totally different this round. Most people know that I wear all black. I know I read somewhere that it says all black will not hide weight issues, but I still wear it all the time. This time. I wore all white. Yes. I did.
Without holding out anymore – here is my session, no images have been retouched, these are directly from the photographers and their edited versions of me. It is hard to get over the weight, it’s the first thing I see, but I also see the smile, the laughter and once I get over the weight part, there is a beautiful woman there. They found her, I just had to find her too. So when I’m photographing you, your Senior, your family, your wedding – trust me, I’m capturing the beautiful in you too.
And yes – I’m looking for a couch like this too for my studio!
Thank you ladies for taking such amazing shots of me. ME! It was fun to meet up with all of you that night and we should do this again!