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IN Photography ON 22 Apr, 2016
In a world where picture editing through photoshop is usual, where an ever single blemish, scar, a stretch mark can be airbrushed through editing tools, people have forgotten what it is like to appreciate real, natural beauty. This wife went to a high-profile photo studio to get clicked in revealing clothes and sending the pic to her husband. What happened next changed her husband's perspective forever.
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Victoria Caroline Haltom runs a photography studio. The studio specializes in Boudoir photography. It also encourages women not to have body image issues and be comfortable in their own skin. She was caught off-guard when she received a letter from an upset husband whose wife had taken advantage of Haltom's photo studio.
"When I opened the album that she gave to me, my heart sank," he wrote. "These pictures...while they are beautiful and you are clearly a very talented photographer....they are not my wife."
He further wrote: "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've eaten over the years."
He wrote: "Seeing these images made me realize that I honestly do not tell my wife enough how much I LOVE her and adore her just as she is. She hears it so seldom, that she actually thought these photoshopped images are what I wanted and needed to look at her. I have to do better, and for the rest of my days I am going to celebrate her in all her imperfectness. Thanks for the reminder."
Victoria requested her potential clients to "think twice" before they get their images photoshopped.
The husband's letter to Victoria speaks volumes of the body image issues that the young women and men suffer from. It's important to understand that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and one should embrace ones' scars and blemishes instead of hiding them.