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Say Cheese! (Please?)


Posted by Lisa Meade

Oh the struggles we face when a camera is pointing in our direction. For many who struggle with poor body image, this creates a duck and cover situation. Many family photographs often will have one person missing from the images. They will become the official family photographer, or they will find any available excuse to remove themselves from the shot. The sad part of this is that photographs capture memories and to allow the perfection of what we think needs to stand before the camera keep the memories from being full, all inclusive and spontaneous is a loss to all. This article’s author shares her Aha moment about body image and photographs.

So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed...

Author: Teresa S. Porter

Listen. I hear you. You're a few pounds heavier than you like (or a 100 lbs heavier than you like). I completely understand how you feel. I get that same blah feeling about myself when I think about booking new head shots or long overdue pictures of me and Justin. Precious, I even picked a career that has me permanently behind the camera rather than in front of it. Seeing myself in pictures actually produces the faintest sick feeling in my stomach. Isn't it amazing we can see the beauty in our best friends, sisters, mothers, and aunts without the slightest thought to their flaws... but can obsess for hours on our own imperfections? We fixate on our flaws to the point we shirk at any documentation that our round faces and curvy bodies ever walked the earth. No pictures to show how we LOVE, how we laugh, how we are treasured by our families. How is it possible that a double chin can overpower the beauty of a mother cuddling her child? How does arm fat distract from the perfect shot of a spontaneous hug? I swear y'all... how is it that we can put more value on a TUMMY ROLL than the captivating way you throw yourself into a roar of laughter during a shoot?

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