I spend a lot of time writing about self-confidence and self-esteem because it's something always on my mind. I don't know if it's working with teenagers all day or my own self-esteem issues or a combination of the two, but it's always there. I feel like I have to push any self-esteem issues I may have down for the sake of my students with their own burgeoning self-esteem issues. They need to see someone who exudes confidence and self-assurance.
I am constantly self-deprecating, and while in some people that can be really charming and precocious, for the most part it's just low self-esteem disguised as humor. Look at these pictures. They are beautiful, right? I'm not just talking about that totally hot model. Look at the composition. Look at the setting. Look at the background. Look at the lighting. Beautiful, right?
My friend Tricia took them, and while she said she was excited (well, as excited as you can be about taking an overweight, over-aged woman's photos for a fashion blog- see self-deprecation: not so charming now, huh?), she doubted her ability. She was afraid the pictures wouldn't be as good as pictures other people have taken. She doubted herself. And she totally shouldn't have. I didn't crop and of these photos. I didn't filter or edit any of them. They were perfect just as they were. Just like we are.