And that trend towards more physical acceptance and body positivity is starting to creep more and more into our ideals of beauty, which is absolutely fantastic. Even just two years ago we would sometimes receive requests for retouches on actor headshots and business headshots that would have paragraphs of notes attached. And a lot of what people were asking for were adjustments on imperfections only they would be looking for.
Having other people I thought were naturally gorgeous come back and say they felt so many things needed improvement was absolutely heartbreaking. People still sometimes ask if I can make them look like x, y, or z celebrity. We certainly can, but it always makes me sad that people are disinclined to look for their own beauty. Shooting headshots has me regularly analyzing a lot of different faces and I genuinely haven't met anyone I would say wasn't uniquely beautiful.
But more and more recently, something cool has been happening with our headshots and I would like to think it has something to do with this #nofilter movement so aptly reinforced by Snapchat. Instead of immediately assuming retouching is needed on their images, people will instead ask my opinion, which is an amazing departure from automatically feeling that they are not good enough. And when we do get notes, people will often come back and say they feel they asked for too much, that they didn't necessarily want their smile lines removed or their skin made tanner. The departure from hyper-polished images is something I'm so wonderfully excited about because it means that we no longer have to feel so self conscious that we are not living up to a fictional standard. So thank you, Snapchat, I'm going to keep posting those weird selfies!
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