Victoria Caroline Haltom is a photographer who was recently hired by a couple in their 40’s to take photos of the wife, however the wife requested the following from Victoria:
I want you to Photoshop all of my cellulite, all of my angry red stretch marks, ALL of my fat, and all of my wrinkles… just make it go away. I want to feel gorgeous just ONCE.
Following her client’s request, Victoria Photoshopped all the “imperfections” from Victoria, leaving her with a book of 30 stunning photographs to give to her husband for Christmas. However, upon going through the 30 images the husband was prompted to send the following letter to Victoria. While he was not upset that Victoria had done as his wife had requested, he did want to thank her for what has to be the most Bro thing you could ever say to your wife:
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.
Victoria’s full post can be found below: