Happy Monday afternoon, everybody! There’s a reader out there who needs a little advice regarding her body. But I think this question could stand to be heard by all of us.
Question from a reader:
“I’m in a little situation for which I have only myself to blame, but I’m hoping you can give me some advice, because at this point I’m completely unsure about what to do and if I’ll regret it or not.
We’re starting to plan our wedding, which as you can figure means we’re going to have an engagement shoot soon. I’m mostly very excited about this, except for one thing, but it’s a big thing. I have this tattoo that I don’t absolutely love/identify with anymore, but is extremely visible and I can’t really avoid showing it off in almost every outfit I wear, whether or not I want to. I don’t haaaaate the tattoo, it’s just sort of a we tolerate one another and get along ok in our day to day lives situation for me and the tattoo. I make the best of it, mainly bc the money I could put towards removing it is better spent on things like food, shelter, and our general well-being. So removing it isn’t in my near future. The tat’s on my upper right area of my back, and it creeps up and slightly over my shoulder, so you really can’t miss it from the front/side/and back. I just guess I don’t know exactly how to work with it, but the problem is especially bothersome now, since like I said we have engagement photos coming up and I’m panicking. I don’t know if I should try to cover it up, like with heavy-duty makeup or something, or embrace it as part of me. I would really appreciate any advice you or even your readers could offer. I don’t know which way to go on this, and I could use a hand, and you’re the first person I thought of to ask. If I try to talk to my mother about it she’ll probably feel a sense of “I told you so” and there’s no need for that, now is there :) Thanks in advance for any guidance you would be willing to offer. I’m asking you because I know you’re always honest, and so I trust that you’ll give me real advice which I’m craving. Thank you very much!”
Ok Holy PRESSURE, Batman. I’m going to forget for a moment that the answer that I/the readers offer up is potentially going to have an impact on your engagement photos/wedding photos/body image. So, turning that immense feeling of responsibility off for a moment… so I can actually think, and respond to this question…
I love tattoos. I don’t have one myself, but I’ve always dreamed of getting one. But it always ends at dreaming, because I cannot commit to anything that permanent. Translation: I’m a wuss. By the way, I still want one. Some day it’s going to happen, I can feel it coming in the air tonight.
You know what I love more than tattoos, themselves? The way they come out in engagement and wedding photography. Adore. There’s something so cool about the look of body art in photography to me. Adds another layer of depth.
But you know what is the coolest thing in the world, to me? Above all that, even? A girl who decides not to give a flying f**k about the parts of her body she doesn’t necessarily adore, and swings around with a big fat smile on her face when someone takes a picture of her, because THAT’s what makes a great photo, to me.
Final note… the parts of my body that I don’t think are perfect = my boobs – they could be a bit *bigger*; my butt – it could be a bit *higher*; and this sucky scar I have on my lower right shin – it could be *not-therer*. And I could easily photoshop it all the way out.
But if i did that, then the girl in this picture below wouldn’t exactly be *me*….. now would it?
In an effort to super-fully-extra-completely address this lovely reader’s question, I felt that this recent submission, by the fab Esther of Esther Louise Photography would be quite fitting. Mostly because of the rad tattoo situation and the embracing going on therein, but also because it’s just a great + unique + super cool shoot that I think you’ll dig.
Here’s the rundown on today’s fab shoot, from Esther:
Meet Mel and David. They met when they were playing in band for a young adult group at a church. They were friends for a few years before they started to realize that maybe they were interested in more. Their friendship blossomed into love and after an adorable geo-caching proposal they are planning a wedding for the Fall. They have such a cute natural love that just fits and it really comes across well in their session. They are both really creative and wanted some fun details for their session. We brought along their accordion and a tambourine and she danced around in the field as he played here comes the bride. I couldn’t stop giggling as I shot.
So part of the way through the shoot we spotted something yellow in the bushes. Out of curiosity we checked it out and low and behold there was a pile of vintage hoover vacuum cleaners. Right there in the middle of our field. So I figured, what do you do when you stumble upon such an amazing and random prop in the middle of a session, well, vacuum cleaner races. Obviously. This would only work with a spunky fun loving couple so I hit the photo shoot jackpot on this one as they frolicked around chasing each other. I hope you enjoy their fun shoot!
Oh, and by the way, Esther thought she’d include a pic of her pup in her email to me, and had this to say:
PS – I’m sure everyone that submits has some sort of comment about your adorable pup, but I couldn’t resist myself. I’ve included a picture of our pup Emma to say hi. She’s not exactly this little anymore but I love reading all of the funny comments you put with B’s pictures because I think my dog has very similar thoughts and I’m constantly laughing at her while I sit at my desk and edit.
Esther, your pup gives Bambino a run for his money. And don’t you DARE tell him I said that.
Here we go, dear readers – the questions are twofold today:
1) I’d like to turn to you on this reader’s question. Any thoughts/feedback for her regarding her tattoo and what she should do?
2) How cute and romantic is this SHOOT? Love. :)
xoxo! - Alison
Photography: Esther Louise Photography