The process of photographing other women has been really eye opening. Every woman I photograph is self-conscious of her looks.
Do you not see what I see?
One woman went as far as to imply that it is in our DNA to look down upon our self-appearance.
When I am editing, I am often brought to tears by the nuances of the human face. The strength I see is incredible. Those certain freckles or laugh lines. Those lines from sorrow or stress. Those wrinkles you have? They are there because you are still alive! You have been though turmoil and have made it through. THIS MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL. All of it.
I implore you to take a closer look.
Look past the critic and see the nuances of your history. The things that make you unique, that make you strong. This is your beauty.
The wonderful thing about photographing portraits is that it is like taking a glimpse into a lifetime of history in a single frame.
We are all humans, but we carry our own life experiences in our eyes. Be brave, be yourself.