If I had a pound for every time a woman I have met says “I hate having my photograph taken!” I would be a very rich woman. However what is more rewarding is the satisfaction I get from women who can say “I love my photograph!”
The wonderful ability of women to open up about themselves and to share how they are feeling not only enables me to learn about whom they are and what they do, but also to see the damage that has been done to their self esteem. They are mostly high powered business women, who understand the necessity of a portfolio of photographs to suit each of the diverse range of their target markets. They chose to come to me to achieve this, and start our session often in a state of abject misery about having their photograph taken. I discover that they are remembering a passing comment made sometime ago, about their weight or height, teeth, chin, scar, eyes etc, that some well meaning loved one has shared with them, and which has continued to haunt them and shape the way they feel about the way they look. I think nearly all of us can empathise with these feelings, and the tragedy is that often our self esteem issues have coloured the way we live our lives for too long. If each of us, every day could look at our reflections in a mirror and find something about ourselves that we like, the world would be a happier place.