I was challenged on Facebook the other day to post 5 images that make me feel beautiful. I call it a “challenge”, because it pushed me to go through my own pictures, which I don’t do very often.
Like so many of you, I too, don’t like being in front of the camera. It makes me feel vulnerable, because I’m no longer in control of my own insecurities… what if this is not my best angle? What if I can’t hide my flows? What if… fill in the blank.
Yet, I have a lot of pictures I like. Some make me feel beautiful on the outside. Others make me feel powerful & enthusiastic, because of what I achieved or whom I shared this moment with at the time. I look at these pictures as if I can almost feel the way I felt on the day they were taken.
I found this challenge very refreshing in a way. It brought memories back and helped me realize how far I’ve come. Facing obstacles with confidence makes me feel alive… and if I can get a picture of this moment, I will always cherish it, not because of how I look, but because of how I feel. I’ve learned that regardless of how beautiful I look, if I doubt myself, being beautiful doesn’t make my life any more fulfilling.
Physical beauty is not exactly what I seek in photographs I take… but a woman’s inner smile, relationships she’s in, experiences she’s gone through, her self worth, her confidence, and even vulnerability.
I invite you to go through your own pictures and bring those memories back. The ones that make you feel incredibly beautiful & powerful in your own way.
TOP LEFT: Because I LOVE what I do and my camera means gold to me. Photo credit: Iridescent Photography
TOP RIGHT: Because my husband stood by me for the past 11 years. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, if it wasn’t for our growth together & constant support he’s given me through all these years. Photo credit: Three Fish Fiesta
MIDDLE RIGHT: Becoming a kickboxing instructor gave me confidence, improved my communication & leadership skills, and helped me to break through the barrier of my comfort zone.
BOTTOM RIGHT: I actually do have a glamour picture of my own, and I know how a woman feels on the other side of the camera.
BOTTOM LEFT: Because climbing Mt. St. Helens and looking down the crater made me feel powerful & vulnerable at the same time; sharing this experience with my husband was incredibly gratifying.