Victoria Caroline Haltom is a photographer who specialises is sexy-as-hell slightly nudey dudey photos for women, and is used to ladiesbooking her services only to cancel later when they get cold feet.
One particular client, a wife and mother in her 40s from San Antonio, went through with the shoot but asked for the resulting pictures to be heavily Photoshopped and her stretch marks, wrinkles and cellulite removedso thather images came out 100% flawless.
Haltomrecalled how the client said,
I struggle with this, its in my every thought, I want to see something different.
Haltom agreed to take on the task, but not longafter she finished the job, she received an email from her clients spouse, who was less than satisfied with the surprise his wife sprung on him. She had put all the photos together in a handmade photo-album and presented it as a gift.
After consulting with both the husband and the wife, Haltom posted the email to Facebook.
I am ******’s husband, ********. I am writing to you because I recently received an album containing images you took of my wife. I don’t want you to think that I am in any way upset with you….but I have some food for thought that I would like to pass on to you.
I have been with my wife since we were 18 years old, and we have two beautiful children together. We have had many ups and downs over the years, and I think…well, actually I KNOW that my wife did these pictures for me to “spice things up”. She sometimes complains that I must not find her attractive, that she wouldn’t blame me if I ever found someone younger. When I opened the album that she gave to me, my heart sank.
These pictures…while they are beautiful and you are clearly a very talented photographer….they are not my wife. You made every one of her “flaws” disappear…and while I’m sure this is exactly what she asked you to do, it took away everything that makes up our life.
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 have eaten over the years.
I am not telling you all of this to make you feel horrible, you’re just doing your job and I get that. I am actually writing you to thank you. 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 her to look like. 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.
Haltom followed the touching email by sayings “Ladies, I can photoshop just about anything,”
She contined, “But I encourage you to think twice about how much ‘altering’ we do. Our loved ones cherish and adore us just as we are. This email was 100% real, and I cried like a baby with guilt for at least 6 months after that whenever I read it. I encourage you to embrace YOU just as you are!”
The post garnered over 4,500likes and a heapof supportive comments, proving that even those of us without husbands or wives as adorable as this chap could do with a little moreself-love.
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