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Wed Mar 3, 2010, 5:29 AM
I recently found a wonderful DA group called SelfEstememe (Self-esteem Me).  The purpose of which is to give people self-esteem through photography.

The idea is that people with a negative body image can be helped by having a set of portraits taken that show them how attractive they really are.

It may seem strange at first, but trust me it really works.  Everyone has beauty somewhere, they just need to be shown where it is.

I have seen this myself.  The pictures to recently took of my wife had a profound effect on her self-esteem and even on her general day to day mood.

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Before these were taken, she hated (and I mean hated) having her picture taken.  I got these because I had recently bought some studio lighting equipment, and wanted to try it out and get used to using it.  (That's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;) )  She said it was ok, but the pictures were,  "for my eyes only."  She actually was having fun near the end of the shoot, and I got some great shots as you can see.

When I had played around with a bit of post work, I showed these to her, and she was so happy with them, that when I asked if I could post them here she said, "Absolutely!"  Then a few days later, she asked, almost angrily,  why I hadn't posted them to facebook yet!  Now she is a happier person, who doesn't mind having her picture taken on any occasion, and she even wants to do another shoot and get some more, even sexier ones.

All this from a person who before the shoot had terrible self-esteem and complained whenever I got my camera out of the bag.

If it can have this effect on her, the same thing can help anyone else with the same issues.  As a matter of fact, I am working right now toward becoming a part time professional portrait photographer, and most of my requests have been to make pictures like these for women who have seen them, and have seen the change it has made in my wife and want the same thing for themselves.  IT looks like it may be what I am building my business on.

SelfEstememe was created with this purpose in mind.  If you know anyone on DA with low self-esteem that you think may benefit from something like this, or if you think you could benefit from this yourself, please check the group out.  It would be well worth it.

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kelayans Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Not only is this a great story and concept, but I know that it works too. My mom suffered from a pretty low self-image (just like you mentioned, she hated the idea of having her picture taken, preferring to stand behind the camera rather than in front of it) but then she went to this photo shoot thing (can't remember the name) and the pictures she got back were simply incredible.

She loved them so much that she started handing off the camera, so she could be in the shot too. Her self esteem went up, and she posted a couple of them on her myspace page. :D
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   General Artist
It's amazing to witness isn't it. :)
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kelayans Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Yes it is, and heartening too. Who would have thunk a single picture could change someone so much.

P.S- She's actually considered going back to (wherever it was) again, cause she liked them so much. :D
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010   General Artist
Yeah, my wife want's more and so do some of her friends. I think it's addictive. :)
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kelayans Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, this is one addiction I really don't mind ;)
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010   General Artist
Absolutely. :)

It plays perfectly with my addiction to taking pictures. ;)
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kelayans Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
So wait, this is just perfect for you, isn't it? You love to take pictures... and taking pictures of wife makes her feel GOOD! So... you feel GOOD taking pictures, she feels GOOD having her picture taken... :D
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010   General Artist
That pretty much sums it up. :D
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martasmarta Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
great story :)
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Thanks! I'm kind of pushing now to do "Self-Esteem" shoots as a major part of my photo work. It's already worked for my wife and a friend of ours, I recently did a shoot for (she wants another one now) and I have two more similar shoots coming up. I'm going to take a couple of workshops and do some more practice shoots to refine my skills a bit first. I'm normally a landscape photographer. Shooting people is all new to me. I'm loving it so far. The look on people's faces when they realize that they are beautiful, and pictures can prove it is priceless.

Take care! :)
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martasmarta Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
That's great, wish you all the best!!!!!
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odhinnsrunes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   General Artist
Thanks! :)
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