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This Husband's Response to His Photoshopped Wife Will Move You

October 19, 2015 3 min read

We live in a world where Photoshop can mask any person's insecurity in a blink of an eye. One magic wave of the wand, and we no longer have "flaws" we feel take away from our beauty. But the problem with that is pretty simple: self-love means acceptance, and hiding our true selves is the opposite of that. Texas photographer Victoria Caroline Haltom is no stranger to Photoshop. In her profession, she has been asked by clients to remove certain parts of them that they are insecure about, but one story, in particular, shook Haltom to her core and helped her to realize the importance of self-love over everything else. Haltom recently shared a story on Facebook in which one of her boudoir clients requested every flaw be fixed, from stretch marks to cellulite and everything in between. Haltom did as she was told, but the results were not what she had anticipated. Boudoir photographer learns the problem with Photoshop.
Haltom assumed that was the end of her interaction with the wife, but then something interesting happened. She received a letter from the woman's husband that truly opened her eyes. The letter from the husband reads:
"Hi Victoria, 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.
It's a beautiful reminder to love yourself for all that you are. Does this story inspire you to have greater sense of self-love? Source: Some Ecards Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_113860" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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