We'd talked about making some photographs for several weeks, but this weekend I could sense some reluctance, but couldn't figure out why. Clayton finally broke the ice and informed me that Sam was reluctant because she was having a bad acne day and thought the photos would just look awful.
For the record, Clayton thought he looked just fine. ;-)
This is an all-too-common situation in photography. Honestly, I rarely meet a female who isn't at least somewhat self-conscious about her appearance. It's one of the horrific casualties of our modern era, and it always makes me sad. I believe there's beauty in everyone. Including you. Unfortunately, it's usually the case that the only one who can't see it is you. All your friends see it. Your boyfriend sees it. Your family sees it.
And your photographer sees it. And it's his job (or her job) to bring that out in the images.
Acne is a horrible thing for a young, already insecure face to have to . . . face. Sorry. Couldn't resist that.
I suffered mightily with acne as a teenager. I felt like I might as well be carrying a red flashing light on my face. I felt like everyone saw every unsightly blemish. That probably wasn't true, but it's how I felt.
So back to Sam. I assured her that acne was nothing new and that there were definitely things we could do about it. The deft combination of makeup and a practiced hand in Photoshop can make the worst acne disappear without making you look like a plastic doll.
That is why you hire a professional photographer. Because professionals know how to use all the tools at their disposal (including light, posing, and post-processing) to make you look your best.
Acne is an almighty trial. But it's a temporary thing and something that should never get in the way of making great photographs.
More to come . . . .