As a boudoir photographer and female myself I understand the dilemma of editing very private images of my clients carefully. I usually take my time to discuss in detail what my client is looking for and how to make them happy and satisfied with their boudoir photo session and their edited digitals.
Many of the photos will be printed in a beautiful album or even become wall art, therefore they needs to be on point. However it is desireable to keep the photos as natural as possible.
I have had a situation where a lady wanted to slim her face, nose and body significantly, to make her look like a different version of herself. After pointing out that the finished product may not resemble who she was she still wanted to follow through with a very heavy edit. It was not what I would choose for my client, but at the end of the day I want to make my boudoir clients happy!
It is always amazing to see the reaction of a significant other to the reveal of the images. I would love to be there for all of them, because they are usually very emotional and for the photographer rewarding and fulfilling. Most of my feedback is from my female clients directly and they will report me how much their husband’s like their images.
Of course there are some responses that may be more witheld and private, but wouldn’t it be great to hear directly from the one person the photoshoot was for?
That is exactlty what happened to my collegue Victoria Caroline Haltom in San Antonio, who received a very honest and touching response from a loving husband, who missed some “flaws” he loves about his wife.
Read the full email below
( Warning! It may tear you up):
“These pictures…while they are beautiful and you are a very talented photographer…they are not my wife,” he said.
His heartfelt message continued with, “when you took away her stretch marks, you took away the documentation of my children. When you took away her wrinkles, you took away over two decades of our laughter, and our worries. When you took away her cellulite, you took away her love of baking and all the goodies we have eaten over the years.”
After posting this heartfelt reaction to her social media Haltom received an overwhelming response which has since then became viral.
Not only clients, but also friends of mine noticed and send me this post. How do you feel about your photos? Would you like to erase some of your unwanted features or are you happy with what you have?
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