I recently had a client tell me she wanted to book a photoshoot but wanted to wait until after her boob job and liposuction. I said that would be great and to call me when she was ready. I also had a client who already had a photoshoot with me and wanted a lot of retouching. Basically, she wanted all of her wrinkles removed and her arms made skinnier. Once again, I said that would be great and went ahead and did it. Her pictures turned out wonderfully and she said I made her look like the person she saw when she looked in the mirror, which was my goal. Both clients were afraid of what I would think of them when making their requests.
All one has to do is read a few comment sections on Instagram or Facebook to see how we live in a society where people who want to change something about themselves get shamed for it. People shame Kylie Jenner for getting lip injections (So? She looks amazing and happy. Leave her alone.) People shame women who wear a full face of makeup everyday and call them insecure (I disagree. Some women just love makeup and enjoy putting it on.) So many people believe self love means that you should absolutely never have any cosmetic procedures — and that if you truly love yourself, you’d never change anything — and others can zoom out and see my larger view, which is that self love is making the right decision for you, no matter what other people think about it. Self-improvement and self-acceptance can co-exist.
My studio is a place where you will never be judged for those choices. I myself have gotten a boob job. I got it when I was 21 and never looked back because it made me so much happier with myself. I believe in the right to do whatever you want with your body, and to live for yourself. Not everyone agrees, and that’s okay. That’s part of what makes life interesting.