In the early days of her photography business, Victoria Caroline Haltom was hired by a woman who wanted a sexy boudoir photo shoot to spice things up with her husband. “She was a curvy, beautiful size 18,” Victoria writes on Facebook. While Victoria thought the woman looked gorgeous already, the woman asked her to apply heavy Photoshopping on the images to erase all cellulite, stretch marks, blemishes, and wrinkles.
Victoria heeded her client’s wishes. “I turned her into the epitome of what every woman dreams of being,” she regretfully says. After Christmas, Victoria received an unexpected email from the woman’s husband — an email that left a lasting impact on the photographer for months to come.
Now, Victoria is sharing the husband’s email on Facebook in the hopes it will help relieve us of our high standards of beauty. “I encourage you to think twice about how much ‘altering’ we do,” she says. “Our loved ones cherish and adore us just as we are…I encourage you to embrace YOU just as you are…YOU ARE SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL!!!!”
A Texas woman hired photographer Victoria Caroline Haltom to take her pictures for a sexy boudoir photo shoot. She wanted the photos to spice things up with her husband.
Following her client’s orders, Victoria heavily photoshopped the pictures. She removed the woman’s cellulite, wrinkles, stretch marks, blemishes, etc. Months later, Victoria received an unexpected email from the woman’s husband, which she recently shared on Facebook.
“When I opened the album that she gave to me, my heart sank,” the husband wrote. “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.”
“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.”
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