Victoria Caroline is a boudoir photographer. She celebrates the beauty of every woman who comes to her as clients, helps them relax and dedicate an entire afternoon to themselves, and captures them at their most beautiful and most sensual. She’s brilliant at what she does, and her clients (and their husbands) thank her for the lovely boudoir photos, and for adding some zing back into their married lives.
However, there was one husband who emailed her his reaction upon receiving his wife’s photos, and his reponse was not something Victoria had expected. In fact, this email made her cry.
What could have happened?
Here’s the photographer’s status message on her business’ Facebook page (PS: the client mentioned above is not the one in the picture, as she does not wish to have her images used. This is another gorgeous lady who does allow image use.)”
Just in case, here’s the husband’s email, as verbatim:
I am (blank)’s husband, ********. I am writing to you because I recently received an album containing images you took of my wife. I don’t want you to think that I am in any way upset with you….but I have some food for thought that I would like to pass on to you. I have been with my wife since we were 18 years old, and we have two beautiful children together. We have had many ups and downs over the years, and I think…well, actually I KNOW that my wife did these pictures for me to “spice things up”. She sometimes complains that I must not find her attractive, that she wouldn’t blame me if I ever found someone younger. When I opened the album that she gave to me, my heart sank. 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. I am not telling you all of this to make you feel horrible, you’re just doing your job and I get that. I am actually writing you to thank you. 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.
We have no words. Just lots of wet tissues from all our tears.
All the love and awards to this husband!