I recently met a wildlife photographer. After I told her about wanting to shoot weddings, she told me that she photographed animals because their vanity didn't get in the way. They never wanted to see the photo or worried about their imperfections being amplified through a lens. There isn't as much pressure I guess, you are the master of your own photograph.
I've been thinking about this a little bit lately. My life at the moment is 90% editing, mostly because I am hopeless and will edit the same photograph ten times until I like it or give up and go back to the first edit.
I often take photos of people and they will ask to see it, then when they do they will say something along the lines of 'ew' or 'I look terrible!'
I try not to take this personally as a criticism of my photography and rather an expression of insecurity but sometimes it can be a huge buzzkill when you are really happy with how the shot turned out and the person in it doesn't like it.
A few times though, I've had people say that and then make that photo their display photo or put it on social media and I am left wondering, why did they say they didn't like their appearance when they clearly like the photo?
It's times like this I kind of wish that people were like animals and their beauty was quiet and accepting because really, people are just as beautiful as nature, they just don't think they are. I wish people understood that art is beautiful even when it isn't, that reality is more powerful than vanity sometimes.
What are your thoughts? I know I'm really picky about photos of myself but I'm not super sure why?