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|Thu, 12-18-2008 - 1:19am|
I personally believe that photographic therapy can help build, or re-build one's self esteem. I went to Glamour Shots when my youngest daughter was 2 months old to have my photo taken. I was made up like a movie star with hair and make up application, set loose in a closet full of clothing possibilities, and put in front of a female photographer. The young lady probably had no personal experience that would lead her to understand my situation, but nontheless she was very supportive. I had a blast at my shoot. I needed to feel sexy again. I needed to feel beautiful.
I started a modeling career the very next day. I've been modeling for over 4 years now, and I've seen the same photographic therapy help many individuals since my first run in with it. I was shooting with a photographer that was visiting from San Diego, and I brought along my best friend as an escort. Being that I had never met the man, I wanted to bring someone along with me so that I felt more secure and safe. While we were shooting, the photographer asked my friend if she would run and grab me a beverage. The minute she was out of earshot, he asked me if I would mind if he photographed her. Of course I had no objection, so when she got back he asked her if she would model for him. What made this particular circumstance inspiring is my best friend is a bilateral amputee with burn scars on over 60% of her body. She had tears the moment he asked. She did model for him that day, and I watched her self esteem grow with each snap of the camera. My friend had tears in her eyes as he escorted his "models" to our car. She was able to let loose, let her self image grow to what it once was.
I suggest photographic therapy to all women who need to rediscover themselves. Women that need to find their inner and outer beauty again or for the first time. I found a website that is a community such as this on iVillage, but dedicated to therapeutic photography for women. I feel compelled to share it with as many women as possible.
Thanks for reading.