A few days ago, I was met with an unsavory decision…to photoshop or not to photoshop.
My friend and photographer, Lupita from Images Of Rain Photography , took my headshots for me a couple of weeks ago, and I could hardly wait to get the proofs back.
I love her, and I love her work.
When I did get the proofs, I was immediately drawn to one photo of me that I thought looked great. And I was right…it looked so great that I didn’t even recognize myself!
As I scanned the other photos, I became painfully aware that the photos that caught my eye, were not a real representation of me. I clicked on the unedited version of the same photos and I just sat and stared at them. For a while. I thought, “this is what I look like.”
Those age spots.
That wild hair.
This is you.
THIS is what people see when you’re standing face-to-face.
This is it. My 40 year old face.
And I had to decide in that moment who I wanted to be. Just a pretty face, or real and authentic?
Considering that the Her Hippie Heart logo includes the phrase “down-to-earth,” I decided to opt for the latter. Embracing this laugh lined, sleep deprived, dehydrated, sun damaged, dessert-loving face wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do.
THIS is NOT me.
THIS is not.
My 40 year old face is showing, and I’m learning to be OK with that.
Peace & Love,