Monday, October 19, 2015
A Portrait Photographer's Love Letter
I know it's pretty crazy, me writing this love letter to you when we haven't even met, but I just wanted to let you know that I've been thinking about you a lot. Actually, I've been thinking about you for a long time, now- years, in fact. I think about how amazing it is that you were born into this world so absolutely unique that there is no one else like you in existence. I think about how beautiful you are, and how that body that houses your soul is incredibly special, and that includes that mole you always try to hide and the scars you can't.
You always tell yourself that you're a bit weird but, honestly, that's part of what I love about you! That thing that makes you secretly feel different from your friends...I think it's inspiring. You are so complex that I spend hours a day wondering what I could possibly do to show you just how special you really are. Yeah, I know that you're just a regular person living a regular life like everyone else and I know that you have problems, too.
The thing is, I can see how those struggles have made you stronger, wiser, and more resilient. Actually, there is quite a lot I can read in your face. The line between your brows tells me you've been thinking long and hard about how to handle the problems in your life. That twinkle in your eye says that you're mischievous.The fine lines around your eyes say louder than words that you love to smile and laugh, and that you do it a lot. Kindness and humor are there at the corners of your mouth, but somehow you can't see it as clearly as I can.
So here I am, sitting at my computer and thinking about you in all your wonderful, messy, unique glory and I'm wracking my brain trying to come up with ways to get you to notice me. How could I possibly get your attention to tell you all the things that are on my heart when there are a million advertisements pointed directly at you telling you that you aren't good enough, smart enough, cool enough, fit enough, or stylish enough BUT if you buy some product or pay for some procedure, you might be.
How can I show you that my greatest desire is to capture some part of the unique essence of who you are, to create a piece of art that you can look at to see just a little bit of the incredible person that I see when I look at you...to help you see the one of a kind person, one of a kind beauty, one of a kind character that makes people love you?
I guess all that I can say is this: all the years that I've spent learning my craft and perfecting my technique, all the time I spent away from my kids practicing, all the money I invested, all those sleepless nights, every mistake and every victory...those were all to prepare me for meeting YOU one day. Where I am today, it's because I knew I might meet you eventually and you might grant me the privilege to show you just how truly extraordinary you are.
So, when you're going through your day to day life and feeling like maybe you really are just one crayon in the box, one thread in the tapestry, another shade of grey in a black and white painting...give me a call. Let me show you the heartbreaking beauty that is YOU, so that you'll always know what I know: there is no one else who can fill your place in this world.
You are exquisite.
Your Portrait Photographer