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What Happens When A Photographer Gets Photographed: My Story

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As is the case for most of you, I love photography.  I love the feel of the camera and lens in my hands.  I love turning the dials, choosing the focus, composing the shot, locating the best lighting and helping the models get into the ideal position.

But what happens when the camera and lens turn on you and now you are the model? Well, it happened to me this summer.  And…I am living to tell the story.  I’ll start by saying this is a very personal post.  The message is too important not to discuss so I am opening myself up – throwing myself out there for all of you. I definitely feel vulnerable, but again, I need everyone to hear these messages.  While the story is about me, it’s really for all of you, too.

It boils down to these three words: “I am beautiful.”

There, I said it.  Not only did I say it, I typed it on a blog read by 300,000+ people monthly. Talk about feeling naked in front of a crowd. But I want all of you to feel beautiful too.  I want every one of you to take your camera, pass it to someone else, and have your photo taken.

The background:

In the past, I’ve hidden behind the camera and thrown my hands up in front of the lens when someone tries to take my picture. You know, those photos where all you see is a glimpse of a face and two hands covering 95% of it. I always thought “who’d want to see a photo of me?” or  “I’ll like this photo of my kids better if I am not in it?”  Or on the rare occasion where I did get in a photo on a vacation, I’d have visions of the liquify tool slimming me before the shutter even clicked. I am chunky, yep, a bit overweight.  Blame it on too much food, having no thyroid, PCOS, or even heredity…whatever way you slice it I’d look better 30+ pounds slimmer.

When my kids left for overnight camp in 2011 and wanted to bring photos, I didn’t have a current family image for them that included me. I knew I needed to make a change. I wrote this post on my blog, some of you may even remember it, saying I would make sure to get in more photos for my family’s sake.  I also posted to Facebook and challenged others to do the same.

It was time to stop the selfish behavior of my absence in every family vacation photo and each event and memory that took place.  I might never lose the extra weight and I might never feel confident in front of a camera, but why penalize those I love.  Life is short.  People get cancer, get in car accidents, and many other tragic things happen. It’s surreal to write this, but what if something happened to me and I wasn’t in photos.

The message: if nothing else, get in photos for the ones you love. 

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The other part of the story… Putting myself in front on the camera:

My story is not unusual.  In fact, it’s probably the norm.  Most photographers, and really most women, feel as I do. For some the issue is weight, for others it might be wrinkles or cellulite or acne or scars or any number of things that impact self-perception. I now make a concerted effort to get in photos with my family, however, I still do tricks like getting behind my kids or having the photographer shoot from above. When that fails, I have, on occasion, pulled out some Photoshop skills. So, while I changed my habits and get in photos, I didn’t change the way I felt about the experience.

Enter Summer 2013: My kids went to overnight camp with family photos that included me. Progress.

I was talking to Mandi Nuttall, founder of My Beauty Campaign, who had advertised her initiative on the MCP Blog in past years.  She is so passionate about helping women feel good about themselves, through a photographic experience, that she builds a business around it.  She was trying to help me understand her vision and said “I wished you lived near me in Utah so I could do a Beauty Session for you.”  Well guess what?  I was headed to Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah less than a week later.  You can guess what happened next.

We talked about her photographing me, and I might have lost my mind but I actually agreed to have her photograph a session of just me! In addition to the photo shoot, she had me complete a Self Analysis Assignment where I evaluate my deepest feelings about myself.

Now, the session did not come easy. I kept thinking of obstacles and excuses hoping Mandi would decide it was too much trouble to photograph me. I told her I did not have time to shop, it was 95 degrees, and that I did not want to take time away from my vacation to get my hair and makeup done professionally. All these excuses were in vein because she was determined for me to benefit from a Beauty Session.

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Day of the session – I did it.

Even that morning I tried convincing her Park City might be too far for her to drive – no luck.

Mandi picked me up at the hotel and we drove around looking for a perfect location.  We found a neighborhood, of all places, with a lot of greenery, a fence and tall grasses. The sun was close to setting and she pulled out her Canon 5D MKII and Canon 70-200 and a few other lenses, and start directing me into poses that were flattering and worked with the light. She’d occasionally ask me questions about what makes me beautiful.  I’d laugh, in fact crack up, each time.  It sounded so silly and felt awkward saying out loud why I was beautiful.

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By the end of the session I was feeling more and more comfortable in front of the camera. Mandi continually told me how wonderful I was and reminded me that a beautiful woman is one who allows herself to FEEL beautiful. Another thing that stood out to me was when we talked about being a positive example of good self esteem to my daughters and how much these photos will mean to them throughout their lives.  When the sun set behind the trees and mountains, I actually felt different.  I felt empowered and confident. And … beautiful.  I am so glad my excuses didn’t deprive me from this experience.

During the session I did decide that if I hated the pictures, I would not show a sole.  I knew she would capture flattering poses, but Mandi doesn’t believe in using the liquify tool to slim subjects in Photoshop.  Her philosophy is you should love yourself and feel beautiful as you are.

 

Down the road…

I was nervous to see the photos but when I saw the photos I thought, “wow, that’s me.”  She captured things about me that I don’t often see.  There was a spark of confidence, happiness, and beauty. I usually think of my beauty as inside, but she helped me see my beauty as a whole, both inside and out.

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What does this have to do with you?

If you are a photographer, I want to challenge you to look at Mandi’s My Beauty Campaign, and see if it fits your business model.  You can make a difference to women in women’s lives as a MBC Photographer by offering beauty sessions to the teens and women you photograph.

If you are a woman, though men can join in too, get your photo taken by a professional photographer or sign up to experience a Beauty Session.  Go further than getting in photos with your kids or spouse. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, you will at least learn how it feels in front of the camera and will work better with your subjects. Hopefully though, you will feel more empowered, confident, and beautiful.

Comment below and let me know if you will try and get in more photos? Will you consider a session where you are the main subject? We look forward to your responses.

 What Happens When A Photographer Gets Photographed: My Story

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 1
    Keri says:

    Your photos are beautiful!!! Thank you for this message, I think it is one that really needs to be heard by many!

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    Gail says:

    Your photos are beautiful, Jodi. I don’t get enough photos of myself for my family either.

    I did take the plunge and have a boudoir session done for my husband as a Valentines gift a few years ago and he loved them.

    I need to do something again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Amy says:

    What a great message, and the photos of you are BEAUTIFUL! You should be in more photos, girl! :) I take a lot of self-portraits, partially because I often have ideas I want to try out and there’s nobody else around. It has taken a lot for me to stop seeing flaws and start seeing what everyone else tells me is there but it’s happening slowly.

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    Jodi, you are an inspiration to us all! Women, that is. I have the same problem, getting in front of the camera. You are beautiful and the pictures are fabulous. Thank you for having the courage to do what you did and for telling about it.

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    Great post Jodi! I have had an MBC beauty session and I experienced many of your same feelings. I hemmed and hawed for a very long time thinking it wasn’t so important that I deserved all the time and effort that could go into a whole photography session just for me. As a busy mother I often prioritize things solely around the needs of others and not myself. Mandi was determined that I focus on myself and recognized how being a mother (with a not perfect body), was an important part of what makes me beautiful. I struggled with shopping and went into the session feeling all sorts of self conscious. I’m no model! What business did I have focusing on myself so intently? And man! Was I awkward! To begin with…. But little by little, Mandi talked me through the session, helping me to realize and say out loud unique and special things about me that make me uniquely beautiful. By halfway through my session I believed the things I was saying. And when I viewed my finished photos, I saw the evolution from not quite sure of myself, to truly beautiful.

    I now have a collection of photos that represent who I am at this important time in my life. A reminder that the service I give outside myself is not a reason to ignore my needs. And the enduring gift that I have noticed since my session is the change in me. I forgive myself the things that once seemed like a big deal. The physical toll that having and caring for a family has taken on me now feels more like badge of my individual beauty. I truly embrace these things as a part of the whole beautiful picture of me!

    Mandi’s passion for helping women understand their unique beauty is a gift. I treasure my photos and the things they help me remember. As women we need to give ourselves love. I think that even though I never put myself down in front of my children, I was giving off subtle signals that indicated that I didn’t emphasize my own importance in this world. I think every woman needs to realize their individual importance and beauty. Thank you for the message in your post today.

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    Dawn says:

    I hate having my picture taken, but I took the leap and have a fall family session scheduled with another talented photographer for this weekend.

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    didi V says:

    Well done Jodi! You are lovely-and your family will be so grateful for these images <3

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    mandie says:

    We (women) are our own worst critics and see every flaw. While I don’t look the way I wish I did, I make the extra effort to be in more and more photos. When it comes down to it, everyone else looking at the photos sees you just as they do in real life…the discomfort comes from seeing ourselves as everyone else sees us. The photograph doesn’t change how we look to our families every day – at least with a photograph we have some control over capturing ourselves at our best in the most flattering pose. Life is too short…and I don’t like my kids asking where I was when we look through family photos. I have recently started giving my point and shoots to my kids to capture vacation memories from their perspectives to include – which means I am in alot more photos…and not always the most flattering…but I smile when I look at them because I remember the fun we had taking those photos…and that’s what I hope my kids remember as well!

    THanks for the blog…such an important reminder! Life is definitely too short to not be present!
    The photo below was taken by my 4 yr old this past summer at his sister’s softball game…with my DSLR! :-) He’s got a great eye!

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    annie gitzke says:

    Thanks Jodi…never thought about it that way – if something happened to me, my family would have “zero” photos with me in the group! i will have to venture out and try this one! your photos are just beautiful and flattering! (i did let my husband snap a picture of me one time just so i’d have a profile pic)!

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    Meg Talbot says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just had this same experience — I needed a portrait for some book promotion I’m doing, and a good friend of mine is getting into photography, so we did a shoot just with me. There are still a lot of things I can nit-pick about myself (weight, uneven eyebrows and lopsided eyes, my shirt kept shifting, etc.), but I feel much more beautiful now. I had so much fun with my friend, and by the end of the session I was loosening up and FELT DIFFERENT about myself, which is huge! This truly is an experience every woman should have, and now I’m much more empathetic coming from the other side of the lens.

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    Angela says:

    This is totally me, I make a plan in my head to get myself in front of the camera and not to be so critical but in the end when it comes right down to it I freeze up. I can’t find a single picture of myself to use as a headshot for publications, etc. It’s become bad, I need to work on it. Great post!

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    SJ says:

    You ARE beautiful! Love the pic of you sitting in the grass. Also the one of you looking down in the background of the post title button!

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    Jon Williams says:

    In my long career (and as a man) I’ve found it quite difficult to make middle aged women understand how important it is to be photographed regularly. Often they say,” Why would I want a photograph of myself?” When I hear this it amazes me! I then have to sit them down and explain to them that those who love them will cherish these pictures, and from a historical perspective, they will be important.

    Husbands get tired of seeing “beautiful women celebritie” on magazine covers at the store check out line. They want a nice picture of their own “best girl.”

    I enjoyed these nice pictures shown here as well as the important point made.

    • 13.1

      I agree with you 100%. Women (not just photographers) often feel like they don’t deserve to be in photos. They are never quite where they want to be with how they look, etc. It is sad.

      My husband was so happy to see these of me. And I am pretty sure that since I started getting in some family vacation images the past two years, that they are all happy I have.

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    Jane says:

    Your words are so true, Jodi!
    And I like what Mandie says, too: “Life is too short to not be present.”
    We have a family photo session schedule for this Fall — soon!
    Thank you for all your great posts, tips, beautiful photos, and for sharing beautiful YOU.

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    Carla says:

    That first photo (especially) of you Jodi is absolutely stunning. You are gorgeous!!
    This is a strong and powerful message you are putting out there, congratulations.

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    Kate says:

    Great message Jodi!! I myself have never been terribly self conscious in front of the camera (not to say I don’t love when someone behind the lens can make me look better than what I think I look). But I am a firm believer in living in the moment and sometimes at that moment I may be heavier than I wish or not as attractive as I wish, but hey – you are who you are and it should be celebrated!! I adore the photos that I am in with my family – they are a treasure to me. I so often see the beauty in people that they may not see themselves and I try hard to let them see how truly beautiful they are.

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    Lynn says:

    You are beautiful and adorable, and your pictures show confidence, humor, and sass! Love them. What a great idea.

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    Al Murin says:

    Jodi,

    Your photos are amazing, both the ones you take and the ones you are in. You ARE beautiful.

    I’ve had the pleasure of doing some beauty sessions for clients, and the feeling I got as the photographer helping these women feel beautiful and understand that they ARE beautiful was probably one of the greatest feelings I’ve had.

    I had two clients that stand out. One just turned 50, and has MS. We found a wooded location with open fields for part of the shoot, then borrowed my dad’s Porsche and put her in her mom’s black cocktail dress that for the rest. She and her husband (and all her FB friends) loved the photos. She had so much fun, and felt good to be able to do something to make her feel good about herself again.

    The other client was a friend of mine. She grew up being teased and believing she was unattractive. We did our first shoot a couple of years ago at a beautiful park near her house. She warned me before we started that none of the photos would look good because she looks bad in photos. When she saw the results, she was nearly in tears she was so happy. That day began a transformation for her. She now truly sees herself as beautiful. She even wrote a blog post about the experience.

    One thing I didn’t do, though, is the assessment that you did. I may start including something like that from time to time. I also checked the MBC Photographer listing, and there isn’t one too close to me. Your post inspired me to think about joining the list.

    • 18.1

      Al, you definitely should consider it. This experience was truly eye opening. And really made me feel better about myself. It is helping me not to define who I am by numbers on the scale but by who I am and what I mean to others. I just wish society as a whole could see more the beauty in others – not based solely on what is considered “beauty” as defined by models, celebrities and magazines. Jodi

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    Tina says:

    I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face and I’m trying to figure out why this beautiful post of yours is causing such strong emotions in me. I HAVE put on a lot of weight and I DON’T feel beautiful most of the time, but I do make sure to have pictures taken here and there. (The one below was me trying to be funny..putting myself in the silly position I’ve put others in! haha! The forgiving sweater was genius! ;)) I think my tears are partially a pull to do this kind of Beauty Session for other women who tend to hate how they look. It isn’t just how we appear physically…a huge part of our beauty comes from how we feel inside. Time to redefine beauty. The magazine editors don’t know. :)

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    Juliane says:

    Jodi… You are such a beautiful woman!!!
    Thanks for this awesome post. As a mother and photographer, I know the feeling of rather staying behind the camera. A fellow photographer reminded me earlier this year to get myself into the picture more often. So I did…
    Taking pictures of my daughter’s class at her school I took a self-portrait of us by just stepping in front of the camera in between shots.

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    Catherine v says:

    Jodi, firstly, you look wonderful! So inspirational, thank you.

    Secondly, this is such a relevant and important to topic. I was really inspired last year by the blog post on Huffington Post that briefly went viral around the web about needing to be in photos with our children … if for no other reason than so they can have images of us down the road. After I had my daughter two years ago, I miraculously lost all the baby weight plus 10 pounds. … And have now gained that back plus 30 pounds. Ouch! But, I’m doing it, I’m taking a photo with my daughter every month. That was my goal – one photo of us together each month. I encourage us all to embrace “being in the picture” more — either on our own or with family members. I guess I feel a little shy about doing a photo session on my own, but after seeing you do it, maybe that will be my goal for 2014. Thank you! (http://catherinevandevelde.com/journal?tag=Mama+in+the+Picture, and here is where I first talk about it: http://www.littlebirdphoto.com/ourlittlebird/2013/1/31/mama-in-the-picture-january-2013.html)

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    carrie says:

    OH…so beautiful! The photos are stunning…and I’m so glad you were able to see the beautiful you that everyone else sees.

    I got teary reading your story because it was very close to the experience I just had recently. I realized that I had been putting off getting our family photo taken because I usually hate all photos of me. LOVE taking them of my kids and husband, but try to get out of them as often as possible. BUT, saw your challenge and realized – yes. Life is too short. I want my girls to see me and have those memories with me in them. So booked a photographer before I could back out.

    Our photographer was amazing and it was such a good experience looking back on it. And I literally sat and cried when I looked at the photos because they are all so, so beautiful. I didn’t allow myself to say anything negative about them when I looked at them. There are some that are better than others, but they are all beautiful and have prompted me to be in more photos since.

    I think this is so important. Thank you for championing this cause, Jodi. I might just get some selfies done now, too. ;)

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    Angie Key says:

    Jodi, you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos and your vulnerability, too.

    I get so incredibly frustrated when I read critiques of photographs posted in online forums and see comments nit-picking the model’s weight. I was horrified to read a post from one (male) photographer who said he refuses to shoot “plus-size” women. Just won’t do it.

    If more photographers shot great portraits of real women in their natural beauty, memorializing and celebrating our curves, then our daughters will grow up with a different concept of “beauty”. Because we all look at our daughters and know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, just how beautiful *they* are, don’t we? It would be a shame for them to ever feel the way we do. :)

    I’m off to learn more about MBC right now! Jodi, you ROCK.

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    Dawn says:

    I did this back in June and my confidence has skyrocketed! I feel more confident as a photographer, as well. <3 Great post!

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    My experience with you Jodi from afar, doesn’t have me surprised at your beauty on the outside. When I had a few issues with switching computers and glitches in trying to move programs, you responded immediately and even called. Your kind spirit and caring nature is in your eyes and all over these images. One cannot be beautiful without a kind soul. You have it all.

    z

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    Lorine says:

    Jodi

    In a word,Amazing! Your pics and this post. Reading this made me realize I am not alone. I always feel ashamed that my whole purpose of a session is to make my client feel special and beautiful. Yet, I do not do it for myself. Thank you for this! Gonna do one for myself even if I am not perfect. Besides perfect is so boring!lol

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    Shelly says:

    Thank you Jodie,you do rock as do all the ladies, and gent, that have commented..as women we always sell ourselves short about our own appearances, when the truth is we celebrate the very same uniqueness in the people we photograph as part of their indivisual personality… I take alot of self portraits, holding the camera at just the right angle to erase that double chin that accompanies me everyday..I am carrying a bit of excess weight and that is ALL I see in a photo of me, so I restrict it to head and shoulders…few and far between are photos that I like of me, but the smiles when my family see them tells me the photos are a correct representation of me….internal self image compells us in everything we do, I think because of this, we can do justice especially to the women that we photograph, we want them to know they are beautiful, we capture their true beauty…

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    Bobbe says:

    Your article really hit home. I have never liked having photos taken of me as I never think I look good. I have a wonderful husband and 13 grandchildren. My husband just retired and one of my children threw a family party for him. I wanted to photograph the grandchildren with my husband. It is difficult to photograph so many children (if they are yours) because they don’t really listen as they would to a strange photographer. Finally, I said, “just sit anywhere and look at me if you want dinner”. I would have placed my clients in a much better arrangement. The last minute a cousin grabbed my camera, pushed me in the photo and took the photo. I am now so happy I was in it as I am usually not. You have given me inspiration to make sure I am in more family photos.
    Thanks. You are beautiful!!!

    • 28.1
      Ramona says:

      I can relate to this scenario… “Clean your rooms or no dinner”, “If you don’t smile, I’m not cooking”, “No one eats until all of your homework is done!” …. glad to hear I’m not alone is the dinner discipline plan!!! Your family is beautiful and photos are always better when no one is posing!!!

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    Jenny G says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s your post I read back a couple years ago that challenged us to get on the other side of the camera (has it really been that long?). I don’t really mind being photographed, but I didn’t really see it as important or just make the effort to do it. I have done my best to get in some since then. I cherish every single one of them that includes me and my kids. Thank you for that wake up call!

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    Karen White says:

    What an inspiring post and you are beautiful! I am still too self conscious to get in front of the camera. I blame my low self esteem, lack of self confidence etc. The only photos I have of myself are at family weddings when a professional photographer has caught me unawares and they just reaffirm for me that I am ugly and shouldn’t be seen in photos. That sounds sad, even to me but it is the way I feel about myself. I am going to check out your links though.

    • 30.1

      Please please consider finding a pro photographer to take your photos. You are beautiful – everyone is – and everyone should be in pictures. If you hire the right person, they can show you in images what you may not see in yourself.

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    Lynn says:

    I actually got the tripod out yesterday to take a few with my child. Today I’m doing our family photos… Hope it goes well ;)

  32. 32

    Beautiful post. Thanks for writing it!

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    Kat says:

    My best friend was tragically killed in a car accident 4 yrs ago…I was given the job of editing a “suitable” memorial image for the funeral. Guess what? NO pics of her since she was 24, she died at a very young 41. Her girls knew she was always dodging out of pics “until she lost her infamous 20lbs” was her excuse. Well now her Children, grandchildren and husband have nothing to cherish, she stood for so much and was way too valuable to us all to not be remembered in a photo with her kids. Shame on us for never realizing the importance of “being a part of your own life’s story” until she had passed. I regret never “making her be in the picture”.
    To me this is now as important as my annual mammogram be a friend and encourage your girlfriends to be a part of the incredible visual roller-coaster called life :::and you look FAB::::: give your girls your camera and let them record you as they see you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised how awesome you are in their eyes too.

    • 33.1

      Kat, thank you for sharing your story. How sad and heartbreaking. And yes, life is short. Photos preserve memories and are extremely important. I do hand my kids a camera or even my phone sometimes to get in them. Jodi

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    Thank you so much for this. Your are so beautiful, the photos are awesome. I, too, am a photographer and rarely get into any photos. I am now going to commit to getting a photo session done of myself. Thank you for having the courage to face your fears for the rest of us. You are a beautiful angel <3

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    Calvin says:

    Lovely images, was about time you showed yourself off :-}

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    Thanks Jodi,

    I’m one of those people that don’t like to be photographed too… I guess I have to try it out more often.

    Regards!

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    Violet says:

    Jodi, thank you so much for this post. I loved it! I started to write you a comment here that got really long, so I just turned it into a post on my own blog. I’d love it if you have a chance to read it: http://eversoscrumptiously.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/beautiful/

    If you don’t, the main thing I want you to know from it is how much I appreciate your bravery in being vulnerable and telling the world you are beautiful. It’s a loaded thing to say in our current culture, and my dream is for us all to get to a place where we can say it, and love and support other people who say it. Thanks!

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    Bridgette says:

    Thank you Jodi for this post – you are gorgeous! It is time for a updated photo for me as well (all though I don’t see what wrong with using the photo from over a decade ago, before wrinkles!!) Today I made an appointment for this weekend with a great local photographer. Someday I’ll look at the images from this weekend and say wow, I was sooo young!

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    Jodi, thank you so much for your sincere honesty. You truly are absolutely beautiful and it shows!! Beautiful pictures and such a great example!

    I am a MBC (My Beauty Campaign) photographer and believe strongly in opening the hearts of women today to see what real beauty is! This campaign has been absolutely inspired in it’s creation. I’ve watched Mandi Nuttall (founder of MBC, and also my sister) stay up all hours of the night or early morning just getting flooded with inspiration. I feel like something greater than her is pushing this movement along. This campaign was definitely supposed to happen, and our world of sometimes critical, comparing women, desperately need to know they are loved no matter what. Lets all lift each other, redefine beauty, and help women to love who they are, right now, and in every stage of life! Uplifting the World, One Woman at a Time!! Now ladies, go become an MBC photographer, or get a MBC Beauty Session and experience the transformation!

    Xoxo

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    Jenn says:

    Hi Jodi,

    What a great article! I can relate to everything you wrote and most of my own family portraits do not include me.

    The photos of you are beautiful.

    I am inspired to make it a point to include myself in more family pictures.

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    Jodi,

    Thank you so much for this article! I was excited and inspired…and I was crying by the end. I am one of the rare, few photographers who LOVE to be photographed, but that does not mean I believe I’m beautiful. When I am in front of the camera, I am determined the picture will create an expression of me that emulates what I DO like about myself, and hides everything I don’t. I haven’t been willing to let the photographer capture me as I really, really am. Or when they do, those pictures don’t get developed and hung on my living room walls.

    I am super challenged by My Beauty Campaign, and not for the beautiful people I have the honor of photographing, or the delight I find in helping them feel lovely, but for myself.

    One day I would love to be a part of this Campaign. And I will absolutely focus on helping others see their beauty in every picture.

    Thank you again!!!

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