Authenticity over all things
This true story has been front and center in my mind since I did some self-portrait headshots last week. Here’s my story:
When I was 15 years old, I went Olympia to work as a Senate page for a week. At the end of the week they took a few nice, commemorative headshots of each page wearing the senate blazer and standing in front of the state and US flags.
When my shiny 8x10 prints arrived in the mail, my mom opened the envelope, and immediately started crying saying, “Why can’t you just be pretty?” I’ve cried a few buckets of tears over the years knowing that no matter how hard a person works to be a standup person, or tries to help others, or works to make change in the world, most people (even the closest to us) still can’t get past the mainstream expectations of appearance and will be waiting to shoot one another down.
It’s not just criticism about looking pretty in headshots, it’s shaving your legs, or wearing shorts that are too short, wearing too much makeup or not wearing enough makeup, breasts size and bounce, hair color, piercings, flat tummies, cellulite... the list is endless!
Many years ago I reconciled myself to just being ME. Beautiful/pretty have never been adjectives I cling to, or strive for, and I don’t really give two flying fucks about it. I am authentic and I have shit to do, so pardon me if always have too much dry shampoo in my hair and untied shoe laces. Life is about more than all of that.
In my work I strive for authenticity with and for my clients
Why? Because I never want to be the person who expects clients to show up and immediately reduce them to just being “pretty”.
In my work I strive for authenticity with, and for, my clients. Why? Because I never want to be the person who expects clients to show up and immediately reduce them to just being “pretty”. We are all more than that shallow external adjective, and I believe that we can create photos that are sexy, fun, and still wildly authentic in a way that goes far beyond “pretty”.