I bought a bathroom scale from a thrift store last Saturday and made the mistake of reading the reviews online. It’s a Weight Watchers branded scale but the Weight Watchers community hates it. They hate it because it remembers what you weigh from the first weigh in and shows you that same weight until you gain or lose more than two pounds. I understand wanting a scale that works every time with precision but I don’t understand getting pissed off at a scale that has a margin of error that is less than two pounds. Two pounds is nothing. I am technically 76 pounds overweight so two pounds either way won’t make or break me. I have never cared about the number on the scale, only whether the efforts I am making show improvement. I care if the composition of my body prevents me from doing what I want and seriously effects my health.
In the same way, I know that my portrait is not a definitive document of my true self. It is a snap-shot, a temporary reading, a momentary perception. Understanding that photography is perception and not fact can help a lot in improving your view of yourself. Take the following series of photos. I didn’t like how I was shown in the first photo so I changed attire and location. Those two changes instantly made for more confident images. You will notice that as I continue to make portraits, I am more and more happy with the result and consequently making better images. By the time I get to the smolder, I am fully owning my sexiness and it shows in my face. I am still the same person and the equipment is the same but how I feel about myself and how I present myself, has changed.