you are beautiful

have you seen this video?

The crazy thing about this video is that it hits on a major issue that women face today. About two years ago I decided to invite a few of my friends over to have breakfast weekly. Although I (the introvert) was anxious about doing it, something beautiful happened. We all got ‘real’ and we all shared honestly, openly and were able to seek support, advice and high fives from other women our age. It was awesome. And I miss it.

During our breakfasts something became abundantly clear to me…every woman has insecurities. Even the beautiful ones, the ones who look like they have everything together, the ones that seem to effortlessly float through life and motherhood. There’s always something. Something that nags at us, something that brings us down, turns a good day bad and makes us want to hide. The problem with this is that most of the time these things are either not obvious to anyone else or are an exaggerated figment of our imaginations. Obviously we all have imperfections, obviously there are things about ourselves that we don’t like but the problem arises when these things hinder our ability to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. When they hinder us from seeing how wonderful and truly beautiful we all are.

Then I had an epiphany. I wish I could make these women see how truly beautiful they are. Around that time I read a blog post about a photographer attempting to grow their creative side and step out of their comfort zone by having a personal photography project on the side that she was completing. Her theme was tattoos and I thought to myself “I want to do that” but I didn’t want to completely rip her off so I had to think of my own personal project. Then it occurred to me that I’d known what my project would be all along. I can make them see how beautiful they are. I can take their picture. I debated over the next week or so if this would be offensive, or make them feel insecure or even if the thought that I would be editing their images would take away from the fact that I was trying to show their natural beauty because really, how natural is a photoshopped image? I really didn’t want them to think “well that’s just a pretty picture of me cause it’s photoshopped”.

I finally plucked up the courage and set a date. And it was wonderful. First of all it was fun to be taking pictures of people again! After such a long break from photography my heart had really begun to crave it and it is the jump start I needed to start getting back into shooting again. Secondly, I’ve kind of had a thrill these past few days waiting for these ladies to see their true beauty. Not cause I’m an awesome photographer, not cause there were lights or extravant equipment (which there wasn’t), not cause I used photoshop (which was minimal), but because I want them to see how all of us see them. Beautiful. Plus they brought their beautiful babies along. I always see women shine a certain way when they are holding their children and I wanted to capture that too. So here they are, my beautiful friends. Thanks for being open to shining for us all to see. I love you ladies.

englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions.
englexas photography - you are beautiful sessions
If you are interested in a “You are beautiful” session email me at debbie@englexasphotography.com

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