It’s happened multiple times; I will be in company of a client, colleague or acquaintance and they will begin commending my work or recommending by services as a photographer. I will be ecstatic from my rave review about my hard work ethic and the quality of my photos and then the bomb drops ‘and she’s good looking too’. And she’s good looking too? In what way does my physical appearance have any effect whatsoever on my ability to do my job well? How does my figure impact the composition of my photograph, or, the makeup on my face dictate my ability to work a DSLR?
It was just recently that a friend had posted a photo I’d taken of them on their personal social network, and he had tagged myself to give me credit. I was looking through the nice comments about the photo and the funny ones from their friends and then I saw it “She’s talented and good looking”. Or “Oh my friend said they saw you at work – they called you the hot photographer”. I don’t think men realize how it feels to have your accomplishments over shadowed by the value they’ve placed on your physical appearance. How it feels to work so hard to succeed in your career and to prove your worth, only to have a focus placed on your body. I’m not here to be objectified by you – I’m not here to serve the male gaze. I’m here to do what I love and to produce high-quality photographic images and to provide a service of capturing your memories. Please don’t reduce me to my figure and make me feel as though all I have to offer the world is my looks.
Not Just a Pretty Face