I follow a group on Facebook that is for photographers who use certain editing presets. There are thousands of photographers, and many post photos a day. My feed is usually full of photos from these talented photographers. And of course, with every Facebook group there is always drama. About the way they edit, the way they compose, whats in the photo or not in the photo. Also, there is a “award” for any photo who gets 1,000 or more. They get a free print. Essentially, they are saying the more likes you get the more valuable your art is. You’ll get tons of followers, you’ll maybe get a name and you’ll get a free print… because we like you more. Because 1,000 people have liked your photo.
I just got tagged in a Instagram post today, it was spam, but it said “HOW TO GET MORE LIKES!”. This is what our culture is now. Likes or tags. Its about getting featured, its about how many people follow you. If the right people are following you, and how many likes your photos get.
The thing is, its all fake. We have no idea whats going beyond that square photo. We have no idea if there are tears, joy, laughter, anger, loneliness. We see peoples lives on social media and then compare them to ours, and somehow we feel like ours are good enough.
Well, I’m want to remind us that we are. We are good enough. My photos are good enough, even if I don’t get a 1000 likes, or I only have 420 followers on Instagram. Truth sessions, are what they sound like. They are finding the beauty in the truth. Finding that our families, no matter how imperfect are beautiful.
I love what I do, I love going to see how families do it around Portland. I am dreaming big with my truth sessions, and I have some plans in the next few months of where I want these to be. I want them to be not only available in Portland, but in all the states.. so we can all start showing our truth and the everyday beauty.
This family did, and they truly have captured my heart…. their beauty is so rich, its so deep in smiles, giggles and coffee. Its full of love, life and safety. Its so good.